Hyperbaric chambers have been posited as a means of solving one of medicine’s great challenges.
By Tim Kiek
Therapy mimics state of ‘hypoxia’ and is similar to that employed by deep-sea divers.
Alzheimer’s disease can be effectively treated by giving oxygen to patients in pressurised chambers, a study from Tel Aviv University suggests.
Over the course of three months, for 90 minutes a day, five days a week, six elderly patients exhibiting the early signs of dementia were administered oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber.
Researchers said the results showed blood flow increased to the triallists’ brains from 16 per cent to 23 per cent and all demonstrated significantly improved brain function.
Memory test scores increased by 16.5 per cent, attention by six per cent, and information processing speeds by 10.3 per cent.
The chamber works by mimicking the state of oxygen shortage or ‘hypoxia’, effectively changing the structure of vessels in the brain. This means that when those in the chamber are fed oxygen, their tissue absorbs it at a faster rate and in a greater volume.Continue reading… “Alzheimer’s can be ‘stalled or reversed’ using oxygen”