Friday, November 23, 2012

 By: Edgar A. Petallo

Yes, they're not the so called modern-day metallic coffins but these claustrophobic life-size rigid containers you see in the photos with me are actually known as Hyperbaric chambers. You might have heard about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBOT) but still wondering its indications and uses. According to research, this method of treatment is one of the most sophisticated alternative medicines nowadays, proven to have some beneficial effects to certain health ailments.

Well, I am not an expert neither a specialist in this field however I'll try the best that I can to share with you the most basic principles and information based on what I have researched recently. You see I am quite inquisitive about this therapy and I've always wanted to try for myself what its like inside. Fortunately this has been offered to me for free and its one of the  freebies I’ve got while working here at Yanhee International Hospital. It has been reported that its good for insomniacs like me, so I never hesitated the moment it was  freely given. Yay!

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy refers to the therapeutic use of oxygen at a level higher than the atmospheric pressure (normal air pressure) inside the sealed chamber. The client breathes pure oxygen within the normobaric condition. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body (thus improving oxygenation), stimulating the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. This procedure is performed under a trained therapist and an actual consultation with the specialist is recommended before undergoing HBOT.

Wikipedia outlines several therapeutic principles with the use of HBOT:

The increased overall pressure is of therapeutic value when HBOT is used in the treatment of decompression sickness and air embolism as it provides a physical means of reducing the volume of inert gas bubbles within the body.

A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells and very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. Because the hemoglobin of the red blood cells is almost saturated with oxygen under atmospheric pressure, this route of transport cannot be exploited any further. Oxygen transport by plasma, however is significantly increased using HBOT as the stimulus. This is the main explanation why HBOT is being utilized as an alternative treatment to speed up the healing process of certain kinds of wounds, injuries and skin infections. Sufficient oxygenation also improves sleeping pattern. More recent research has examined the possibility that it may also have value for other conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, but no significant evidence has been found.

Although this treatment is beneficial to one's health, there are several contraindications, (eg.,Untreated tension pneumothorax) and special considerations must be made by the specialist before undergoing HBOT. So with this in mind, it is really necessary to consult the doctor first before anything else for your safety and convenience. HBOT is available at Yanhee International Hospital, the leading medical and cosmetic institution located in Bangkok, Thailand. The price for each treatment session is approximately 900 ThB with free consultation fee included in the package. The costs are still subject to change without prior notice and all will be confirmed on the actual date of consultation. For more information, feel free to inquire at Yanhee’s 24-hour live chat service at


1.      ^ abGesell, Laurie B. (Chair and editor) (2008). Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report (12 ed.). Durham, NC: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. ISBN 0-930406-23-0.
2.      ^Jørgensen TB, Sørensen AM, Jansen EC (April 2008). "Iatrogenic systemic air embolism treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy". Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 52 (4): 566–568. doi:10.1111/j.1399-6576.2008.01598.x. PMID 18339163.
3.      ^Thom SR, Bhopale VM, Velazquez OC (April 2006). "Stem cell mobilization by hyperbaric oxygen". American Journal of Physiology - Heart 290 (4): H1378-H1386. doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00888.2005. PMC 233328. PMID 1378.
4.      ^"Indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy". Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
5.      ^Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine KK Jane, 5th Edition, 2010

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