As shown in the general article on HBOT, hyperbaric therapies are differentiated into mild HBOT (mHBOT), which works at low pressures from 1.3 – 1.5 ATA (atmospheres-absolute), low HBOT (1.5-2.0 ATA) and high HBOT, having pressures typically above 2.0 ATA or 4.5 psi.
In Mullum Sari we use mHBOT. One of the advantages of mHBOT compared to HBOT is that it has less side effects. In many cases it is as beneficial as the HBOT> treatments given in hospitals.
Medical science now is, apart from the serious amount of research done on HBOT, able to prove the beneficial effects of mHBOT as well. For instance, Rosignol did research which shows that children with autism undergoing mHBOT are experiencing the same positive effects as the ones undergoing HBOT. (Rosignol 2009).
Also, the Quebec/McGill study, being at the forefront of comparisons in this field, shows that patients with cerebral palsy undergoing mHBOT report identical improvements as patients undergoing HBOT. (Stoller, 2004).
Then, Dr. Gunnar Heuser a toxic exposure specialist, did research on mHBOT focussing on patients with impaired brain function due to several years of exposure of different toxins. He used a SPECT scan (nuclear imaging method) of patient’s brains before and after undergoing mHBOT(at 1.3 ATA).
In this way, he could objectify patients reported beneficial effects. Results show that after only 10 treatments patients report less problems in short term memory, balance, headaches and other problems implying poor circulation in the brain. The SPECT scans show improved blood flow and oxygen to the affected areas of the brain.
So what is the difference between mHBOT and HBOT?
According to the enthusiastic leading expert in hyperbaric medicine Paul Harch, M.D., this therapy is “one of the lowest risk procedures in all of medicine”.
Although there is, apart from these results, not as much clinical evidence yet on mHBOT as there is for HBOT, our experience is that clients report significant beneficial effects from mHBOT. Not only in our clinic these positive sounds are heard, a lot of health clinics all around the world experience the same benefits and the fact that side-effects are rare.
When is HBOT more suitable than mHBOT?
Patients suffering from acute illnesses are indicated to be treated in the hospital with HBOT.