Stimulate production of white blood cells, which are necessary to fight infectionAre virucidal
Increase oxygen and haemoglobin disassociation, thus increasing delivery of oxygen from blood to cells
Are antineoplastic, inhibiting the growth of new tissues such as tumours
Oxidise and degrade petrochemicals
Increase red blood cell flexibility, thus allowing them to squeeze through the smallest blood vessels
Increase the production of interferon and tumour necrosis factor, used to fight infection and cancer
Increase the efficiency of the antioxidant enzyme system, which scavenges excess free radicals
Accelerate the citric acid cycle, the main cycle for liberating energy from sugars which, in turn, stimulates basic metabolism
Increase tissue oxygenation, which brings about improvement in the patient's symptoms.
By flooding the body with oxygen, these therapies aim to maximise the biological 'combustion' of both energy supplies and toxins through proper oxidation, enabling elimination of toxic substances and boosting of the immune system.
Factors leading to oxygen deficiency include devitalised food, poor breathing technique, lack of exercise and air pollution. Today, the amount of oxygen in the air ranges from 19 to 21 per cent. In Japanese cities, it can be as low as 15 per cent, leading to oxygen booths on the streets and shops that sell oxygen cylinders.