Breathe it all in Oxy­gen ther­apy could help many

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W e all know that tak­ing a few deep breaths can calm us down. But can breath­ing ac­tu­ally cure al­co­holism, acne and autism? Some med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als be­lieve so, with the help of a hy­ber­baric cham­ber. The cham­bers de­liver 100 per cent oxy­gen to pa­tients (we usu­ally breathe 21 per cent) by in­creas­ing the am­bi­ent air pres­sure – the same as hap­pens when you fly in an aero­plane. But, rather than be­ing squashed into a plane seat, you lie alone in a quiet, com­fort­able cham­ber for a max­i­mum 90 min­utes. Prac­ti­tion­ers of Hy­ber­baric Oxy­gen Treat­ment (HBOT) claim it helps al­co­holics and drug ad­dicts by cut­ting with­drawal times in half, and that it heals and re­ju­ve­nates s skin by elim­i­nat­ing spots a and wrin­kles. Par­ents of autis­tic chil­dren c have re­ported that, after their chil­dren have h had HBOT, there have h been no­tice­able dif­fer­ences d in cog­ni­tion and a con­nec­tion, such as im­proved i lan­guage skills and bet­ter eye con­tact. At £40 for an hour’s ses­sion at Cas­tle Craig Hos­pi­tal in Scot­land, it’s less than most air­line tick­ets.

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