The opportunity to stimulate damaged brain tissues as a result of using oxygen under high pressure makes hyperbaric oxygen therapy an opportunity for people suffering from autism, Asperger’s syndrome or ADHD. No other treatment is able to stimulate the function of nervous system to such an extent as HBOT, during which oxygen:
- Reaches anoxic parts of the brain,
- Stimulates dormant cells,
- Restores the orderly functioning of the cells.
The centre of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Sao Paulo, headed by Machado, MD, has been dealing with treatment of neurological patients since 1979. During the first four years, during the work with patients suffering from neurological disorders caused by ischemia, the doctor together with his colleagues, noticed that the most noticeable and the most universal effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is reduction of spasticity. These results, among patients with pareses, have been confirmed by both test results and observations, and their consequence was a significant improval of motor skills.
Do you know that the highest number of hyperbaric chambers where oxygen therapy is given is owned by the Chinese? In China there are almost four hundred of them.
Joseph Priestley published the information about discovery of oxygen in 1777. That discovery enabled to develop research of therapeutic properties of oxygen.
Do you know that oxygen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, sulfuric acid, sulfur monoxide (IV), nitrogen monoxide, carbonated water and nitrous oxide were discovered by Joseph Priestley, the English chemist, philosopher, clergyman and pedagogue?
In the first hyperbaric chambers people inhaled the air, cause oxygen was not known as an individual chemical element.
The British doctor Henshawa, in 1662, built the first prototype of pressure chamber, referred to as „Domicilium”. That chamber allowed to stay in the conditions of higher and lower pressure.
In 1620 Cornelius Drebbel, Dutch inventor constructed the first real diving bell. It was an underground base for divers.
Leonardo Da Vinci, fascinated with the opportunity to discover the underwater world, drew various diving appliances in around 1500, taking into account the difference in high pressure between the depths and the land. Unfortunately, his projects have never been used.
High pressure is inseparably related to scuba-diving. Throughout the human history people have wanted to know what was hidden in the depths of the sea and use the resources that they found there. As early as in 4500 BC an important occupation of men was freediving, in order to draw out pearl oysters and obtain mother-of-pearl out of them.