The idea of ​​using a hyperbaric chamber for therapeutic purposes dates back to the 17th century, although at that time it was devoid of any scientific basis. In 1662, Nathaniel Henshaw (an English physician) constructed a pressure chamber which he called "Domocilium". He used a valve system to control the pressure inside the chamber. The first physician to use oxygen as a medical agent was Calliens (French physician) in 1783.

He described the use of oxygen as a medical agent. Despite many years of research, hyperbaric medicine is a relatively new field of medicine. It is a specialization that studies the effects of higher than atmospheric pressure on the body and the healing effects. This branch of medicine is known as hyperbaric medicine.

In hyperbaric medicine, 100% oxygen or a gas mixture closest to 100% oxygen is most commonly used. In contrast, the mixture of atmospheric gases is approximately 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% other gases. By using pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber as a therapeutic therapy, it is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).


The influence of oxygen on the human body

Oxygen - It is the gas in the air that we breathe, essential for human life. Some people with respiratory problems cannot take in enough oxygen naturally. These people require supplemental oxygen or oxygen therapy. The human body consists largely of oxygen elements. The chemical formula for oxygen is (O2). It is the basis of life along with other structural substances such as water with the chemical formula (H2O), carbon, bicarbonate, Carbon dioxide (CO2), it is a gas necessary for oxygen. And many important components of micro-, macroelements and amino acids. For the proper functioning of the body, we need all the basic elements / elements, and the lack of even one of them causes serious diseases.

The same goes for oxygen and carbon, which together are fuel for the human body. For the sake of simplicity, think about how long your body can go without food. How long will your body endure without drinking, and how long will your body endure without oxygen. You can live without food for a long time, without water for several days, without oxygen for no more than a few minutes. Although oxygen is an important element, few people pay attention to it. Improper breathing leads to hypoxia and its slow degradation and deprives the body of auto-regeneration. Hyperbaric medicine puts oxygen in the first place, because thanks to it the body has more oxygen, the chemical reactions taking place in it are faster, cell exchange occurs faster and the body regenerates itself.

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