A breath of pure oxygen hold promise for people with Alzheimer's
There is a new line of treatment that offers hope to patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
The treatment is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy and it has the potential to correct the behavioural and physical issues linked to the disease. The treatment involves putting the patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which has earlier been shown to be effective to treat wounds that are slow to heal.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
In this patients are made to breathe in pure oxygen in a pressurised room or chamber. Inside the chamber the air pressure is increased to twice that of normal air. It increases the ability of the blood to absorb more oxygen. It also increases the capacity of the blood vessels to carry the oxygen throughout the body.
The extra oxygen also stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing,/mark>. The results have been tried on mice and found to be very effective.
The treatment was found to reduce the build up of plaque in the brain and neuro-inflammation by about 40%. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a safe therapy used in clinics around the world for various medical conditions, including neurological disorders.
Breath of pure oxygen sounds like pure heaven, especially in India, where pollution levels are shutting down schools and paralysing cricket matches!