Since the arrival of COVID 19, various alternative treatment methods have contributed solutions to the humans of the world. The key is to opt for an alternate treatment method with supporting scientific evidence and proven results. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one such method. It is gaining increasing significance in treating COVID-19.
Hyperbaric oxygen regulates hypoxia, which is the absence of oxygen in certain parts or tissues of the body. Hypoxia is the underlying cause of most ailments. Apart from this, HBOT also stimulates the immune system that aids in fighting numerous infections.
The recent application of HBOT to hypoxemic COVID-19 patients has shown that it has significant potential to impact the COVID-19 pandemic. By using the principle of Henry’s Law, HBOT helps treat COVID-19. It increases the dissolution of oxygen in the alveolar and inflammatory barrier, the diffusion rate of oxygen, the diffusion distance of oxygen. It also enhances the dissolution of oxygen in blood plasma and saturates the haemoglobin in red blood cells with oxygen. It delivers dissolved oxygen directly to the microcirculation and tissues. Hence, HBOT helps in reversing the downward spiral of COVID-19 patients.
In any case, it is advisable to consult a doctor or health care professional before undergoing HBOT. There are cases in which HBOT shouldn’t be used. A hyperbaric physician will analyze and suggest the suitability and dosage of HBOT for different conditions.