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HBOT: Parkinson’s Disease

Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the area of memory loss and nerve damage.  HBOT helps the nervous system by replenishing vital oxygen in pure form to body tissues where the disease has damaged nerve endings.  HBOT floods the brain with oxygen, promotes neurogenesis (process by which neurons are generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells), mobilizes rejuvenating stem cells, and enhances angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels that nurture damaged areas).  HBOT has 2 major effects on PD; it helps in the detoxification process and it saturates the brain with oxygen so the body upregulates it’s natural anti-oxidant systems. 

What is Parkinson’s disease?

PD is a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (brain) that impairs motor skills, speech and other mental functions.  Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is typically seen as muscle rigidity, tremors and a general slowing of physical movement.  Nerve cells use a brain chemical called dopamine to help control muscle movement.  The brain cells that make dopamine slowly die.  Without dopamine the cells that control movement can’t send messages to the muscles.

What benefits can I expect?

Treatments may improve rigidity, posture, facial expression, slowness of movement, gait, sleep, and mobility.  Researchers have found that the nerve endings that cause tremors associated with PD respond well to HBOT.   Patients have reported a decrease in tremors, improvement with balance, insomnia, and general well-being.  Some patients have been able to discontinue medications and dopaminergic agents.  Return to investigational indications.

Supporting Medical Research

Read Neretin's 1989 study on hyperbaric oxygenation in the complex treatment of Parkinson disease.

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