Over the last several year, probably more than 10 years now, professional athletes have been using Hyperbaric chambers to improve healing from bruising and injuries and it has worked fantstically for them. I am a big fan at leveraging the tech that professional athletes use for recovery from exercise but I was at the FDA consumer site today and saw that people have stretched the idea of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy into a new cure all for almost everything.
We see these kind of things often. A great idea is extended to be a cure all for lots of things that it was never designed for. Steroids for muscle gain, Acai berries for anything, and lately hyperbolic therapy for people with genetic diseases. Not sure how this can be extended to the following diseases but it looks like there is some research that may say it works.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared hyperbaric chambers for certain medical uses, such as treating decompression sickness suffered by divers.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has not, however, been proven to be the kind of universal treatment it has been touted to be on some Internet sites. FDA is concerned that some claims made by treatment centers using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may give consumers a wrong impression that could ultimately endanger their health.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves intermittent inhalation of 100% oxygen under a pressure greater than regular air pressure, so in a pressurized tank. Despite over a century of use in medical settings, hyperbaric oxygen remains a controversial therapy. The last 20 years have seen a clarification of the mechanism of action of hyperbaric therapy and a greater understanding of its potential benefit.
As with other things that we see this looks like a technology that may be promising for some things but of course you need to be careful in what you read and be responsible to check the pros and cons of any therapy.