The History of Medical Grade Ozone since 1840
In 1840, Ozone was first discovered and named by German scientist C.F. Schonbein.
1857, the first ozone generators were developed
by Werner von Siemens in Germany.
1870, the first report of medical grade ozone
being used to purify blood in test tubes was by the German Dr. C.
1880, the first American therapeutic use of
medical grade ozone was by Dr. John H. Kellogg in ozone steam
saunas at his Battle Creek, Michigan sanitarium.
1893, the world's first water treatment plant
using ozone was installed in Ousbaden, Holland, and today there
are over 3000 municipalities around the world
that use ozone to clean their water and sewage, including all the
1885, the Florida Medical Association published
"Ozone" by Dr. Charles J. Kenworthy, MD, detailing the use of
medical grade ozone for therapeutic purposes.
1896, the electrical genius Nikola Tesla patented
his first ozone generator.
1898, the Institute for Oxygen Therapy Healing
was started in Berlin by Thauerkauf and Luth. They experimented
with injecting medical grade ozone. Medical grade Ozone was bonded
to magnesium in a catalytic process to produce Homozon by Dr.
Eugene Blass in 1898.
1898, Dr. Benedict Lust, a German doctor
practicing in New York, established the practice of Naturopathy,
based on medical grade ozone therapy.
1902, J.H. Clarke's "A Dictionary of Practical
Materia Medica", London, describes the successful use of ozonated
water ("Oxygenium") in treating anemia, cancer, diabetes,
influenza, morphine poisoning, canker sores, strychnine poisoning
and whooping cough.
1902, Dr. Charles Linder, MD, of Spokane,
Washington was written up in an article in a local paper that
stated that he injected medical grade ozone as part of his
standard medical practice.
1904, "The Medical Uses of Hydrozone (ozonated
water) and Glycozone (ozonated olive oil)" by Charles Marchand, a
New York chemist appeared in its 19th edition.
1911, "A Working Manual of High Frequency
Currents" was published by Dr. Noble Eberhart, MD, the head of the
Dept. of Physiologic Therapeutics at Loyola University, Chicago.
He details the use of ozone to treat tuberculosis, anemia,
chlorosis, tinnitus, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay
fever, insomnia, pneumonia, diabetes, gout and syphilis in his
1912, Dr. H.C. Bennett published
"Electro-Therapeutic Guide". He described the use of ozone
breathed after running through eucalyptus, pine or thyme oils.
1913, the Eastern Association for Oxygen Therapy
was formed by Dr. Eugene Blass and some German associates. During
World War I, (1914-1918 ) medical grade ozone was
used to treat wounds, trench foot, gangrene and the effects of
1915, Dr. Albert Wolff of Berlin also used
medical grade ozone for colon cancer, cervical cancer and
1920, Dr. Charles Neiswanger, MD, President of
the Chicago Hospital College of Medicine published "Electro
Therapeutical Practice". Chapter 32 was entitle "Ozone as a
1920s, Nikola Tesla allowed licensed production
of an medical grade ozone air purifier in Canada, based on his
cold plasma design.
1926, Dr. Otto Warburg of the Kaiser Institute in
Berlin announced that he had found that the
cancer is a lack of oxygen
at the cellular level. For his
discovery, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1931 and
again in 1944, the only person ever to receive two Nobel Prizes
for medicine. He was also nominated for a third.
1929, a book called "Ozone and Its Therapeutic
Action" was published in the US listing 114 diseases and how to
treat them with medical grade ozone.
1930, the Swiss dentist Dr. E. A. Fisch was using
medical grade ozone in dentistry, and wrote many papers on it.
1932, Dr. E. A. Fisch was introduced medical
grade Ozone Therapy to the Austrian surgeon Dr. Erwin Payr.
1935, M. Sourdeau published a paper on "Ozone in
Therapy" in France. Dr. Aubourg and Dr. Lacoste were French
physicians using medical grade ozone insufflation 1934-1938.
1938, Aubourg wrote "Medical Ozone: Production,
Dosage and Methods of Clinical Application". He gave ozone
rectally, vaginally, injected into wounds and by breathing. In
8000 applications, there were no harmful side
1940s, Dr. Hans Wolff wrote the book "Medical
Ozone". In 1942, "Gordon Detoxification and Hydro Surgery: Theory
and Practice" was published covering the medical uses of ozone as
colon cleanser. During World War II, Dr. Robert Mayer learned of
ozone therapy from German prisoners of war at Ellis Island, and
used medical grade ozone in his practice for the next 45 years.
Dr. Otto Warburg earned his second Nobel Prize in Medicine for his
discovery of the basic cause of cancer in damaged cell
Dr. William Turska of Oregon began using a medical grade ozone
machine of his own design (Aethozone).
Dr. Turska wrote the article "Oxidation", still appropriate today.
the National Cancer Institute verified Dr. Otto Warburg's findings
regarding lack of oxygen being the cause of cancer.
German Dr. Hans Wolff began training many doctors in medical grade
Frank Totney published "Oxygen : Master of Cancer".
Dr. Otto Warburg published “On the Origin of Cancer Cells” in
Science, 24 February 1956, Vol. 123, Num. 3191.
Dr. J. Hansler patented an ozone generator which
has formed the basis of the expansion in German ozone therapy over
the last 40 years. Today, over
German doctors use medical grade ozone therapy daily.
the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology stated: "During the
80 year history of the large scale usage of
medical grade ozone, there has never been a human death attributed
Dr. Hans Wolff introduced the techniques of major and minor
Dr. Otto Warburg, delivered a lecture on "The Prime Cause and
Prevention of Cancer" to a meeting of Nobel laureates at
Lake Constance, Germany.
Dr. Hans Wolff and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Rilling founded The German
Medical Society for Medical Grade Ozone Therapy.
Dr. Renate Viebahn provided an overview of ozone's biological
Dr. George Freibott successfully treated a Haitian AIDS patient
suffering Kaposi's sarcoma with medical grade ozone.
Dr. Horst Kief also reported success with medical grade ozone
therapy for AIDS patients.
F. Sweet, et al, publish "Ozone Selectively Inhibits Human Cancer
Cell Growth" in the peer-reviewed journal, Science, Vol. 209.
the German medical textbook "Medical Ozone" is published by Dr. E.
Fischer Medical Publications in Heidelberg.
the first International Ozone Association medical ozone conference
was held, in Washington, D.C., USA. The abstracts were published
in the book "Medical Applications of Ozone", compiled and edited
by Julius Laraus.
Dr. Renate Viebahn published "The Biochemical Process Underlying
Ozone Therapy". Dr. Siegfried Rilling published "Basic Clinical
Applications of Ozone Therapy".
Dr. Siegfried Rilling and Dr. Renate Viebahn collaborated on the
publication of "The Use of Ozone in Medicine", now the standard
medical text on ozone application.
Dr. Renate Viebahn Hansler ( left ; Dr. Hansler’s daughter)
& Nancy ( on the right) at Egypt Ozone Conference 2006
In 1990, the Cubans reported success in treating glaucoma, conjunctivitis and retinitis pigmentosa with medical grade ozone.
In 1992, the Russians reported the successful use of medical grade ozone in a brine bath to treat burns.
Today, after 168 years(1840—2008) of usage, medical grade ozone therapy is recognized in Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, 4 Canadian provinces and 14 US States (Alaska, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota).
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