HAVANA, Sep 21 Cuba today uses ozone therapy as a complementary action in the fight against Covid-19, a modality approved within the Natural and Traditional Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health.The largest of the Antilles also registers the first international clinical trial in which rectal insufflation is the only route of application.
The pharmacological benefits of ozone therapy have been demonstrated as a ‘modulator of the systemic inflammatory response, a stimulator of the endogenous antioxidant response, which increases the oxygenation of the blood’, and improves its characteristics, says the newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
In addition to being antithrombotic and virucidal, results were obtained in the improvement of the clinical condition in patients with diseases such as hepatitis.
This therapy allows the activation of the endogenous antioxidant system, thereby reversing the entire inflammatory cascade generated within the pathophysiological process of Covid-19.
“The proposal was to start the treatment of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 with mild and moderate symptoms to avoid the unleashing of all this pathophysiological arsenal of pro-inflammatory cascades, responsible for the severity of the patients,” emphasizes the source.
Rectal insufflation is a non-invasive technique, highly effective and well-tolerated by patients.
Through this, ozone dissolves rapidly in the intestinal luminal content and reacts with the proteins and unabsorbed unsaturated fatty acid residues present, producing reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation products that, together with oxygen, cross the intestinal mucosa and enter the blood circulation through venous and lymphatic capillaries.
The countries that have registered this modality of treatment in the pandemic are Cuba, Spain, Italy, Iran, India, China and Turkey.