- Delhi NCR is one of the most polluted areas in the world and Delhiites are desperate to counter the pollution effects especially after the Diwali season, resulting in a sudden surge in demand of Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) across the capital region
- Demand for Oxygen Therapy has gone up by 100%
5th November 2019, New Delhi/NCR : With Air Quality Report once again listing Delhi NCR as one of the most polluted areas in the world and number of patients with respiratory problems rising in the hospitals, demand for Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) jumped across the city. In HBOT or oxygen therapy, people are made to breath pure oxygen in a pressurized room, allowing oxygen to diffuse more effectively in the blood, which repairs the tissue and restores its normal functions.
“Breathing pure oxygen at a pressure three times higher than the atmospheric pressure allows the lungs to gather more oxygen and send it to all parts of the body through blood. Oxygen-rich blood helps fight infections and triggers stem cells that stimulate and sustain healing,” says Dr.Alok Chopra, Medical Director, Daivam Wellness.
HBOT is coming up as an alternative for the Delhiites who cannot spare time to go to cleaner environments but still want to keep themselves healthy and safe from extreme climatic conditions.
Explaining the benefits of HBOT in high pollution areas Dr. Chopra says, “Since HBOT improves immunity and boosts the healing process, it helps people with compromised immunity to deal with the effects of high pollution. However, it is important to know here that HBOT is a therapeutic procedure and should always be taken under medical supervision and guidance.”
HBOT can be a valuable adjunct therapyfor a wide range of medical conditions, including Allergies, Heatstroke, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Depression, Asthma, AIDS/HIV, Autism, Spinal cord injury, Hepatitis, Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Migraine, Sports Injury, Arthritis, Brain Injury, Heart diseases, Stroke, Multiple sclerosis and diabetic wounds that are not healing properly.
The role of HBOT to counter the health hazards of pollution is a rather new concept. However, because people in Delhi NCR are breathing automobile fumes, the primary cause of Carbon monoxide poisoning, HBOT is a significant line of treatment for the current times.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness are among the most specific conditions where HBOT is almost always suggested. People who spend a lot of time in traffic or near automobile fumes are especially prone to develop such conditions and should consider HBOT as an important preventive measure,” says Dr. Chopra.