How carbon dioxide effects the treatment of medical conditions
Carbon dioxide generates a positive response in the treatment of medical conditions mainly through four pathways:
For soft tissue injuries caused by trauma, disuse or disease there are four critical properties of carbon dioxide therapy: (1) the development of a supportive environment for new tissue and blood vessels, (2) increased oxygen levels in the tissue because of enhanced release from hemoglobin, (3) increased blood flow delivery to the tissue and, (4) decreased inflammation.
It reduces inflammation and pain. CO2 directly moderates the inflammatory response by directly decreasing the main biological compound that regulates inflammation (NFkB).
As an anti-oxidant, it will help preserve tissue that would otherwise be destroyed through the corrosive activity of reactive oxygen species.
In tumors it decreases the survival of hypoxic cancer cells; in hypoxic tissues it restores blood flow and reduces tissue damage caused by programmed cell death. These outcomes occur because carbon dioxide decreases hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF1 alpha) that is released from cells that are hypoxic.
A single treatment of CO2 may have some immediate effects due its multiple actions. This may last a day, or longer. However, like any other therapy, it will wear off and there could even be a rebound response that may seem worse than when it was first applied. Only through repeated treatments will you see a more permanent effect because the healthier condition created by the therapy will support the formation of fresh tissue and it will reverse the detrimental effects of an unchecked inflammatory response.