The thyroid plays an important role in our body. This role includes our ability5 to burn calories quickly and make our heart beat faster. It is a central body part that determines the rate of our growth and metabolism.
Just like any other part of the body, the thyroid can be overworked. It can trigger various diseases that can cause the thyroid to produce too much or too little hormone1.
One’s quality of life can be affected by thyroid conditions in various ways, and the need to have viable options for treatment is necessary.
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Thyroid: How Does It Work?
The thyroid5 is an endocrine gland located at the front of the neck. Its color is brownish-red, as it is rich with blood vessels. It lies below the Adam’s apple, alongside the front of the windpipe, and is composed of two side lobes that are connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle. It serves an important role in developing our voice quality.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that pass through our bloodstream to other parts of the body. Different types of hormones are secreted by the thyroid: 1.) triiodothyronine (T3), which affects our physiological function, such as growth and development; and 2.) thyroxine (T4), the hormone responsible for the regulation of our metabolism5.
During our infancy and childhood, the sufficient supply of thyroid hormone is vital to the development of our brain and mental processes5.
In summary, the thyroid and the hormones it produces influence our metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature.
Thyroid Conditions: Risk and Complications
Our thyroid gland1 affects almost all the metabolic processes in our body. Its overproduction or underproduction can lead to different thyroid disorders, ranging from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that does not need treatment to severe and deadly cancer.
The effects of thyroid conditions can be unpleasant and difficult, but the majority of them can be managed well as long as early and proper diagnosis is made, allowing for it to be treated right away.
The type of thyroid disease that a person has, which is dependent on how much or how little hormone their thyroid makes, may cause a feeling of restlessness and/ or tiredness. It can lead to weight loss or weight gain.
The two most common types of thyroid problems are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism8
This condition involves the overproduction of thyroid hormone8. This can occur in different ways: one is through Graves’ disease8, an autoimmune disease damaging the thyroid gland. Another and a more dangerous one is the malfunction of the thyroid or the growth of cancers in the thyroid.
The symptoms8 typically begin slowly, but later on, the patient’s metabolism becomes faster, and they can experience weight loss, diarrhea, increased appetite, anxiety, insomnia, increased sweating, and muscle weakness.
Hyperthyroidism also increases the risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak bones to break easily.
Hypothyroidism8 is characterized by the underproduction of thyroid hormones. The drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels.
Some of its causes4 include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack the thyroid tissue; the removal of the thyroid gland; and exposure to excessive amounts of iodide and the drug lithium.
If untreated, hypothyroidism can cause an even more severe disease, myxedema coma6.
Goiter5 is a harmless thyroid condition that involves the swelling of the thyroid gland. It is caused by an iodine deficiency or by thyroid inflammation, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Thyroiditis8, the inflammation of the thyroid, is another condition that can be very painful and one where the thyroid is infected by a viral infection or autoimmune disease.
On the other hand, the excretion of a high volume of thyroid hormone or thyroid storm5 is a dangerous condition as it may cause severe illness and body pains.
Finally, thyroid cancer8 is an uncommon type of cancer focused on the thyroid area. If treated early, it is curable.
How It Works?
Ozone therapy7 involves the administration of ozone into the body and helps in treating many chronic diseases. This can be accomplished in various ways.
Likewise, ozone can be supplied to different parts of the body, such as the ears, rectum, bladder, and vagina. This therapy may also be administered into a muscle (intramuscularly), into the blood (intravenously), and into the skin (subcutaneously).
In some cases, people undergo administration through ozone steam sauna. Because ozone is toxic to be inhaled, this procedure must be done carefully and with the assistance of a trained professional.
Ozone stimulates cellular metabolism through increased oxygenation. This enhances the cell’s capability to perform biological functions as well as promote cellular repair.
Ozone Therapy on Various Health Conditions
Ozone therapy is an especially versatile treatment because it provides benefits regardless of one’s state of health.
Patients with various chronic diseases3 can benefit from ozone. These diseases include: diabetes, Lyme disease, herpes, chronic bladder conditions, chronic hepatitis, cardiovascular diseases, chemical sensitivity, colitis, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.
In less severe cases, medical ozone7 has some healing properties that essentially help the body destroy unwanted impurities, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, cancer cells, and plaque.
It relieves joint and muscle pain. It can also break down the arterial plaque to enhance the body’s circulation and help restore healthy eye and skin conditions.
Finally, medical ozone can improve the immune system7 by restoring the white blood cells, which assist in cleansing the liver and begin the healing of many chronic diseases that are usually difficult to treat.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy for Thyroid Health
Ozone therapy provides oxygen to the cells and tissues, in turn boosting energy levels and treating chronic conditions3.
The benefits of ozone therapy for thyroid conditions lie in its ability to strengthen the immune system. When the immune system is healthy and responsive, it can protect the body from bacteria and viruses, which are often triggers of Hashimoto disease, resulting in goiter and/or thyroiditis5.
The relief that ozone therapy provides can also reduce stress and improve the production of thyroid hormones3.
Ozone has the distinct ability to activate the immune cells and produce cytokines3, a large group of glycoproteins that regulate immunity. This activation also affects oxygenation in the tissues, which leads to anti-inflammatory effects that can treat thyroid conditions.
In terms of chronic diseases3, risks and complications develop in patients with a deficiency in antioxidants. By dispensing ozone into the body, the number of antioxidants increases, making this therapy work faster and better than other forms of therapy.
Ozone therapy’s efficacy is affected by the pathogenesis of various inflammatory and immune-mediated disorders. Systematic ozone therapy helps in regulating oxidative stress4, thus, the application of ozone in such therapy can help in controlling the disease.
Frank Rosales-Hernandez and Yaisy Picrin-Duany’s study7 shows the efficacy of ozone therapy treatment on thyroid conditions such as thyroiditis. Their findings demonstrate that ozone therapy is good at regulating the oxidative stress associated with chronic Hashimoto´s thyroiditis.
Ozone therapy4 helps improve the body’s circulation. This in turn results in the improved structuring of the thyroid tissues affected by the disease. It stabilizes growth and reduces thyroid lesions more consistently without the occurrence of side effects or complications.
Ozone therapy also helps with Adenomyosis with associated hypothyroidism, another thyroid condition where humoral and cellular immunity are disturbed.
In a study by Natalia Avramenko and colleagues2, their findings showed that ozone therapy was more effective (26.7%) in treating sterility among women with adenomyosis and thyroid pathology compared to traditional forms of treatment (16.6%).
The results also showed that ozone therapy was effective at normalizing the immune and hormonal parameters of the participants, leading to the increased effectiveness of auxiliary reproductive technologies.
Severe complications can be caused by thyroid conditions if not treated early. With the help of ozone therapy, these complications can be avoided. The administration of ozone in the patient’s body can normalize their hormone levels, improve their blood circulation, and restructure the thyroid tissues that are destroyed by the disease.
Ozone improves the immune system and pushes it to perform faster in protecting the body from further complications and infections brought about by chronic disorders.
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- Avramenko, N., Barkovskiy, D., & Postolenko, V. (2017). Ozone therapy of the adenomyosis at women with sterility and hypothyroidism. ScienceRise: Medical Science. doi: 10.15587/2519-4798.2017.102547
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- Hernandez-Rosales, F., and Picrin-Duany, Y. (2017). Hashimoto’s chronic thyroiditis treated with systematic ozone therapy. Journal of Ozone Therapy, 3(4), 51-55. doi: 10.7203/jo3t.3.4.2019.15531
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- Minkoff, D. (n.d.). Healing difficult chronic diseases with ozone therapy. Retrieved from https://www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com/ozone-therapy/healing-difficult-chronic-diseases-with-ozone-therapy.html
- Womens Health. (n.d.). Thyroid disease. Retrieved from https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/thyroid-disease