Asthma and HBOT Opinion
By Dr. James M.D. U.K.


Oxygen is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and asthma has been successfully treated by oxygen, especially at increased atmospheric pressure. The Russians presented data on the successful treatment of asthma in the International Congress Moscow 1981. Over the last 19 years operating high dosage oxygen therapy in the community many patients with MS in our charity have also had asthma and have found a much-reduced requirement for inhalers. NONE of the patients have had chest radiographs but of course all have had gas trapping in the lung. (It is not possible to remove it all by exhalation) We do advise patients if they have severe colds to use a decongestant, but the inflammation is considerably helped by oxygen.

Wolfson Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
University of Dundee


An Extensive Physical Exam by a Hyperbaric Oxygen Trained Physician is highly Recommended Plus Pulmonary Studies, and X-rays.

K.K. Jain

Text Book of Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Vol. 3

Efuni (1984) used HBOT in 92 patients with dust-induced bronchitis. There was improvement in 88.9% of the patients as determined by tolerance to physical exercise and blood gas measurements. This is the only report from the USSR, and we find there are no studies in the Western Literature.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism

The logic for using hyperbaric oxygen treatment for developmental disorders relates to the autoimmune and/or viral theory of these conditions.

Hyperbaric oxygen has been studied for autoimmune disorders and found to be helpful. Encephalitis, in this theory, is thought to be part of developmental disorders. The encephalitis can be initiated by viral infection, by exposure to vaccines, and/or by other autoimmune processes (the result of exposure to abnormal opioid-like substances from the opioid excess hypothesis, for example).

Treatment Study

Patients with viral encephalitis from ages 1 yr. to 11 yrs. were treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The treated group consisted of 47 patients, 28 male and 19 female. The control group consisted of 45 patients, 24 male and 21 female. Viral encephalitis presents a model for the inflammation that may be part of autism. Studies such as this provide a basis for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was provided at 1.8 atm abs for 80 minutes daily for 10 days in a pure oxygen monoplace unit. The control group received supportive therapy with appropriate drugs.


Table 1. Comparison of the Curative Effect of the High Pressure Oxygen Treatment Group and the Control Group

Treatment Study

Group Cases Cured Effective Ineffective Total Effective # # (%) # (%) # (%) (%)

Treatment 47 18 (38.3) 25 (55.3) 3 (6.4) 93.6

ontrol 45 8 (17.8) 20 (44.5) 17 (37.8) 62.2

P Value <0.05 N.S. <0.0001 <0.01

Clearly, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective for the treatment of encephalitis in childhood.

Hyperbaric oxygen has an important role in the treatment of brain injury, and perhaps also developmental disorders. (See: The role of Hyperbaric-Oxygen Therapy for intra-cranial pathology in Intensive Care). Since we know of no data on the use of hyperbaric oxygen for developmental disorders, and, since patients are doing these therapies, we will endeavor to review what is known, so that parents can at least make informed choices.

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