Biological and clinical effects of ozone. Has ozone therapy a future in medicine?

Br J Biomed Sci. 1999;56(4):270-9.


Although ozone therapy has been used as an alternative medical approach for four decades, it has encountered scepticism, if not outright objection, by orthodox medicine. This prejudice is not unjustified because ozone therapy often has been used without rational basis or appropriate controls. With the advent of precise medical ozone generators, it is now possible to evaluate some mechanisms of action and possible toxicity. In contrast with the respiratory tract, human blood exposed to appropriate ozone concentrations is able to tame its strong oxidant properties and neither acute nor chronic side effects have ensued in millions of patients treated with ozonated autohaemotherapy. This paper summarises studies aimed at clarifying biological effects, defining any possible damage, the therapeutic window, and suitable doses able to express therapeutic activity. Although an unfashionable and unpopular approach, it is hoped that orthodox medicine will help to critically assess the validity of ozone therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / drug therapy
  • Oxidants, Photochemical / adverse effects
  • Oxidants, Photochemical / therapeutic use*
  • Ozone / adverse effects
  • Ozone / therapeutic use*
  • Vascular Diseases / drug therapy


  • Oxidants, Photochemical
  • Ozone