Intravenous therapy with oxygen involves oxygen administration in the blood stream as a useful and simple medical intervention for the treatment of many chronic diseases. Oxygen is essential for cell metabolism and therefore the tissue oxygenation is a key factor so our vital functions can be reestablished and normalized.
It is a very important coadjuvant therapy for the treatment of many tumor diseases since cancer cells develop themselves in an anaerobic environment (without oxygen or in low oxygen concentrations) and are not able to grow in an oxygen enriched environment.
The main purpose of Oxygen Therapy is to provide the quantity of oxygen needed by our body in order to fight any condition or imbalance, and prevent tissue hypoxia (tissue with low oxygen concentrations). There are different types of hypoxia:
- Anemic Hypoxia: when there is a situation regarding oxygen transport/distribution in the blood stream.
- Hypoxemic: when there is a deficiency of arterial oxygen.
- Circulatory: when there is a low pressure of oxygen in arteries.
- Histotoxic: when the tissue is unable to use the oxygen that receives.
In short, providing more oxygen to the body is what this therapy does to help the body to normalize its functions and have a normal recovery from lesions included the tumour ones, since it creates an oxygenated environment which is contrary to the tumour processes. It is also used to maintain normal levels of oxygen in case of chronic respiratory insufficiency and other type of conditions that will be mentioned afteward. This way we can say that this therapy is very helpful for obvious reasons.
Another factor to be considered is the lifestyle to achieve a better body oxygenation, which is a suitable daily exercise according to our physical condition and a proper diet to have an adequate cardiovascular health to enhance a normal distribution of oxygen all over the body.