What is Hydrogen Inhalation Therapy?
Persistent oxidative stress is one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related diseases, cancer, and the aging process. Hydrogen can be inhaled as a gas at low concentrations (1-3%). Despite the clinical importance of oxidative damage, antioxidants have been of limited therapeutic success. Molecular hydrogen (H2) has potential as a “novel” antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications. H2 has several advantages as a potential antioxidant: H2 rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect reactive oxygen species (ROS) that function in cell signalling, thereby, there should be little adverse effects of consuming H2. There are several methods to consume H2, including inhaling hydrogen gas.
Hydrogen Inhalation Therapy can effectively reduce ventilator-induced lung injury associated inflammatory responses. It improves lung function and protects established airway inflamation in the allergic asthma reaction. This therapy can also improve the survival rate of organ damage of infectious disease by reducing levels of early and late pro-inflammatory cytokines in serum and tissues. Other benefits are the ability to suppress the growth of cancer cells and tumour, as well as reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Hydrogen Inhalation Therapy is suitable for:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Brain injury
• ischemic reperfusion