Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Kill Viruses (The Answer Is Yes!)?

Updated on July 15, 2020

Are you wondering if hyperbaric oxygen kills viruses? 

The simple answer to that question is yes. But that’s not all. Hyperbaric oxygen can do so much more.

In this article, we will cover the possibilities of hyperbaric oxygen. 

Keep reading to find out how you can up your health.


Through the use of soft and hard chambers, it has been shown that the growth of new blood vessels is imminent, and the process of angiogenesis can extend beyond your therapy time.

Even though it is presented that angiogenesis does not occur under pressures of 1.5 ATA or greater, but Efrain Olszewer has shown otherwise. For instance, that collateral circulation can concur as early as ten hours after hyperbaric therapy at pressures that are lower than 1.3 ATA. 

For instance, one of the issues that come with autism is decreased cerebral blood flow and a variety of other conditions that go hand in hand with chronic inflammation. Therefore, HBOT through angiogenesis can help relieve these conditions.

Oxygen Increase

Through HBOT, you provide increased levels of oxygen that are needed by the cells to improve their overall function, which does not mean you need new blood vessels to see improvement in health. 

Cells work more efficiently when they receive oxygen from the newly formed blood vessels, which will help push a great load of hemoglobin and oxygen. This occurs not only due to the competing mechanics of vasoconstriction and vasodilation, but primarily because inflammation is being reduced at greater speeds. 

Why does that matter? Because inflammation comes with tissue expansion and compression. Therefore, inflammation is responsible for bringing excess fluid to a certain local in the body, which is compromised with hollow vessels and solid tissue. And the first thing to happen is compression, which leaves for poor delivery of red cells through the oxygen in the locale.

When the inflammation has been reduced, the vascular expansion will help push increased red blood cell count with oxygen particles to help reach hypoxic areas of the body.

Biochemical Reduction

Chronically ill people often experience gastrointestinal and neuro-inflammatory conditions alongside their primary conditions. HBOT, as mentioned earlier is great at an inflammatory reduction.

With HBOT, c-reactive and high levels of cytokines have been seen to reduce in great quantities. The mechanism of action is generally unresearched, but it is believed to come from the pressure effects, and not necessarily from the increased oxygen tension within the bodily tissue. 

Upregulation of Antioxidant Enzyme & Oxiditatve Stress Reduction

Most patients who visit HBOT have increased amounts of active glutathione and increased oxidative stress. When using HBOT under 2.0 atmosphere of pressure can upregulate the antioxidant enzymes, and provide full-spectrum protection against oxidative stress. 

Not to mention, glutathione itself is responsible for the reduction, and flushing of heavy metals from within the body, and a slight reduction in amyloid plaques within the prefrontal cortex.

Mitochondria Oxygenation

Mitochondria are responsible for energy production in the body. Nowadays, everybody is focusing on mitochondria, and it is believed that many chronic conditions exist because of the dysfunction within the mitochondria. 

HBOT can potentially activate these dysfunctional mitochondria and enable idling cells, therefore allowing more production of the mitochondrial products that can be appreciated by the rest of the body.

And in simple terms, it is responsible for the production of new mitochondria, which can also be experienced with cryogenic therapy. 

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Immune System

HBOT has great effects on the immune system and is known to help treat various chronic and neurological conditions and a variety of other types of autoimmune system biomarkers. 

It also deals with decreasing abnormal bacteria and yeast in the gastrointestinal tract, even though the mechanism of action is unknown.

In patients who are handling viral infections, it is suspected that they deal with low-grade viral gastroenteritis and viral enchaphiltis which affects their immune function. HBOT can decrease HIV viral loads and can remove live viral loads of the intestinal mucosa, which can only be supported in low-oxygen environments.  

In literature, to kill 100 percent of viruses, oxygen should be at 2.7 ATA or more. But that does not mean that lower pressures can have an effect on inhibiting viral activity, and making the host less susceptible to chronic viral habitation.

It’s like removing cockroaches. You either turn the lights on or kill them with your shoe. Only a little bit of light is needed for them to leave. The same goes for oxygen and viruses. 

Stem Cell Production

HBOT has shown to produce stem cells in the bone marrow, and help transfer these cells to the central nervous system if possible at that point in time. This means that HBOT can help speed recovery, and improve motor function in people who struggle with aging conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s’. 

Serotonin Utilization

It has shown that an autistic brain has trouble producing serotonin, and HBOT has an effect of helping elevate the levels of serotonin in the brain. Therefore, it can have an anti-depressant effect, and help with socialization for individuals who have trouble responding to social cues.

Impaired Hemoglobin Bypass

Through abnormal porphyrin production, HBOT can bypass functional impaired hemoglobin molecules, hence increasing oxygen delivery to the cells. 

Because porphyrin has a hard time being produced in those with autism, and it is involved in the production of hemoglobin, it appears that the increased oxygen delivery to the affected cells can help bypass the hemoglobin-dependent oxygenation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Has Many Uses

As you can see, hyperbaric oxygen has many uses. There’s really no single purpose for it, as it has been shown to help and alleviate many conditions in consequence through various mechanisms of action which are responsible for alleviating other issues. 

In any case, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is interesting, to say the least. 

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