Eberhart's Manual of High Frequency Currents
Noble M. Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D., D.C.L., 1911
Ozone; How Produced; Physiological Action; Dosage; Indications and
Principal Diseases in Which it is Employed.
Nature and Production. Whenever an electric spark passes through
the air, ozone is liberated. Ozone is known under the chemical symbol O3 and is
an allotropic form of oxygen. At the same time that ozone is liberated, nitrous and nitric
oxides are also produced. The less the perceptible spark accompanying the production of
ozone, the less the amount of these objectionable oxides, and in administering the ozone,
it is necessary by filtration or otherwise, to dispose of these gases.
Physiological Action. Ozone increases the
oxygenation of the blood and tissues, increasing oxyhemoglobin and also increasing the
number of red blood corpuscles. It is claimed that a decrease in white blood corpuscles is
produced if they are above normal. In strongly concentrated form, ozone is destructive in
its effect on mucous membranes and even to life itself. Germs are destroyed by it and it
has been shown capable of so thoroughly disinfecting sewage that the filtered water was
pronounced suitable for drinking purposes. It is distinctly deodorant and even a small
ozonizer running in a room will quickly destroy the most objectionable odors.
In a Chicago bank an ozone machine was placed in a room
where six employees were working. Their weight and chest expansion was taken at the time
the machine was installed and again in sixty days. The result is shown in the following
Indications. In one sense of the word, since oxygen is so
essential, it might easily be claimed that ozone was indicated in any bodily ailment, and
I am of the opinion that its inhalation would be beneficial to the extent that pure air
would be desirable, but there are some diseases in which it is of particular benefit.
Among these are anemia; all diseases of the respiratory organs, including tuberculosis;
infectious diseases; and all conditions where there is imperfect oxidation and impaired
nutrition. An ozone spray has been demonstrated to be healing in all forms of ulcers, etc.
Methods of Administration. As ordinarily
employed, ozone is administered in the form of inhalations in the doctor's office, or by
ozonizing the air of the room which the patient occupies. In employing the ozone directly
from the generator it has been found necessary to filter it through essential oils in
order to remove the nitrous and nitric oxides. Oil of pine two parts and oil of eucalyptus
one part is a favorite form. In many instances it seems to me to be much more sensible to
administer constantly ozonized air than to depend upon occasional inhalations. This is
especially true in consumption. Several ozone generators are illustrated herewith.
Fig. 56 - Small Ozone Generator for Portable Outfits.
Effect on Nutrition. The following is taken from reports by Doctors
L'Abbe and Oudin before the Paris Congress for the study of tuberculosis:
"We investigated the influence of ozonized air on
nutrition in general, and especially in anemia or persons physically reduced. When the
percentage of oxyhemoglobin is below normal (say 9% to 10%), as is usually the case with
tuberculosis patients, inhalation of ozonized air for a quarter of an hour increases it by
1%. The increase, temporary at first, becomes permanent after a number of treatments, and
one can affirm that at the end of two or three weeks' treatment, the patient has reached a
"This is necessarily accompanied, in the case of
anemic patients, by more energetic oxidation, more rapid combustion, which calls for more
rapid renewal of nutritive materials (increased metabolism) and from this there speedily
arises an increase in appetite, which in some patients takes the form of a demand for food
such as has been hitherto unknown to them, with return of strength, disappearance of
complications, in short, restoration to health.
"Out of twenty-eight patients weighed before and
after treatment, including those in all stages of tuberculosis,
|One gained 1.1 lbs.
||Six gained 3.3 lbs.
|Three gained 4.4 lbs.
||Two gained 2.5 lbs.
|One gained 6. lbs.
||One gained 6.6 lbs.
| Two gained 7.7 lbs
|| Three gained 8.8 lbs.
|One gained 9.9 lbs.
||One gained 11 lbs.
|Two gained 15.2 lbs.
||One gained 19.9 lbs
|One gained 23.1 lbs
||Two remained stationary.
"With the return of flesh there was a corresponding increase of
oxyhemoglobin as follows:
|Two gained 1%
||Ten gained 3%
|Five gained 12%
||One gained 3%
|Four gained 2%
||Six gained 4%
|Five gained 22%
||One gained 5%
Four were not examined."
In view of the reputation and standing of the
physicians making this report, more than ordinary consideration should be accorded the
Dosage. It is claimed that large amounts of ozone are
capable of producing death, and that rabbits have succumbed in ten minutes in an
atmosphere containing eight milligrams of ozone to the litre. The proper proportion for
therapeutic inhalation is one, two or three milligrams to the litre. Inhalations given in
a physician's office last from ten to twenty minutes and may be repeated frequently. The
indication that the patient has had a sufficient dose is usually a slight sensation of
Tuberculosis of the Lungs. Daily inhalations of ozone
in connection with auto-condensation. Ozonizing the air of the patient's room is the best
method of employing ozone in this disease. H. De La Coux, Chemical Expert to the Council
of the Prefecture of the Seine, Paris, says: "In application of ozone for
tuberculosis, it is an undeniable clinical fact that the number of bacilli in the sputum
diminishes after the second or third treatment, even before the general condition of the
patient is improved."
Dr. George Stoker, London, reports nine cases of
tuberculosis treated within a year at the Stoker Oxygen Hospital, of which eight were
discharged with the disease definitely arrested.
Dr. J. T. Gibson says in Advanced Therapeutics:
"In advanced cases with cavities and much expectoration, I think there is no means of
so much use as inhalation of ozone. It empties the lungs of detritus and pus, revivifying
the blood, disinfecting the parts of the lungs reached, and after the first irritation of
its use has passed off, there is nothing that gives the lungs the sense of rest and quiet
as does this agent. I have seen the quantity of sputum lessened to a most remarkable
degree, and fever disappear, and all symptoms improve by the use of ozone
Fig. 57 - Ozone Generator for Office Use.
Sletoff has treated 147 cases of tuberculosis with
ozone with favorable results.
Anemia and Chlorosis. In a paper read before the
American Pediatric society, Boston, Dr. A. Caille reports the favorable influence of ozone
in a number of cases of chlorosis and anemia as well as other diseases, and in his
conclusion, says: "In chlorosis and anemia, ozone inhalations are exceedingly
valuable from a therapeutical standpoint, and give better and prompter results than any
other form of medication."
Fig. 58 - Room Ozonizer.
Chronic Middle-Ear Deafness and Tinnitus. Dr.
Stoker of the London Throat Hospital and of the Oxygen Hospital, has published a series of
twelve cases of chronic dry catarrh of the middle ear with deafness and in nearly all with
tinnitus, which were treated with an ozone spray. Improvement, sometimes remarkable,
occurred in every case.
The technique consisted in passing the ozone "in a
gentle current through an eustachian catheter into the middle ear for about four minutes
at a time, the operation being repeated several times a week, daily if possible.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis). The efficacy of
ozone in treating whooping cough has been attested by many authorities, among them being
Caille, L'Abbe, Derecq, Coumer, Delherm, Bordier and Oudin. In practically all of these
cases the ozone was administered in ten to twenty minute inhalations. Ozonizing the air in
the patient's room should prove a better method.
Says L'Abbe: "My personal experience rests on over
100 cases. In all I have obtained amelioration, prompt and rapid at first, and later a
complete cure in a time ordinarily covered by a very light attack. Ozone is the remedy par
excellence for whooping cough."
Asthma, Bronchitis and Hay Fever are benefitted
or cured by ozone. Inhalations combined with ozonization of the air of the room is the
method; the latter being more efficacious.
Hay fever victims have found that the use of a room
atomizer constantly for two or three months prior to the expected attack has prevented the
latter from coming on. During the attack inhalations have given great relief.
Insomnia. Daily inhalations for ten or fifteen
minutes, or have patient sleep in a room with an ozonizer in operation.
Pneumonia. Ozonize the air in the room, keeping
the machine near the head of the patient's bed.
Fig. 59 - Room Ozonizer.
Nervous Debility, etc. Three to six ozone
inhalations per week, preferable in connection with auto-condensation or with vacuum tube
Other Diseases. On account of its oxidizing
properties, ozone should be a valuable adjunct to auto-condensation in diabetes, gout,
Its beneficial action in syphilis has been attested by