The History of Medical Ozone
Chapter 1 - Story of Ozone by Dr. Saul Pressman
Ozone was first discovered and named by German scientist C.F. Schonbein in 1840.
first ozone generators were developed by Werner von Siemens in Germany
in 1857. The first report of ozone being used to purify blood in test
tubes was by the German Dr. C. Lender in 1870.
first American therapeutic use of ozone was by Dr. John H. Kellogg in
ozone steam saunas at his Battle Creek, Michigan sanitarium from 1880,
as he wrote in his book, " Diphtheria: Its Nature, Causes, Prevention
October 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 great cities.
1885, the Florida Medical Association published "Ozone" by Dr. Charles
J. Kenworthy, MD, detailing the use of ozone for therapeutic purposes.
September 1896, the electrical genius Nikola Tesla patented his first
ozone generator, and in 1900 he formed the Tesla Ozone Co. Tesla sold
ozone machines and ozonated olive oil to doctors for medical use. (100
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1898, the Institute for Oxygen Therapy Healing was started in Berlin by
Thauerkauf and Luth. They experimented with injecting ozone. Ozone was
bonded to magnesium in a catalytic process to produce Homozon by Dr.
Eugene Blass in 1898. Beginning in 1898, Dr. Benedict Lust, a German
doctor practicing in New York, established the practice of Naturopathy,
based on ozone therapy.
in 1898, homeopathic Dr. S.R. Beckwith, of New York, published his
booklet describing the use of his invention, the Thermo-Ozone Generator,
in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases.
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 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. The book is in the Library of Congress with the US
Surgeon General's stamp of approval on it.
active use of therapeutic ozone predates the establishment of the FDA
in 1906 and therefore qualifies ozone therapy to be grandfathered into
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. In Chapter 9, he details the
use of ozone to treat tuberculosis, anemia, chlorosis, tinnitus,
whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, insomnia, pneumonia,
diabetes, gout and syphilis.
1912, Dr. H.C. Bennett published "Electro-Therapeutic Guide". He
described the use of Ozol, ozone breathed after running through
eucalyptus, pine or thyme oils.
In 1913, the Eastern Association for Oxygen Therapy was formed by Dr. Eugene Blass and some German associates.
During World War I, (1914-1918 ) ozone was used to treat wounds, trench foot, gangrene and the effects of poison gas.
Dr. Albert Wolff of Berlin also used ozone for colon cancer, cervical cancer and decubitus ulcers in 1915.
1920, Dr. Charles Neiswanger, MD, President of the Chicago Hospital
College of Medicine published "Electro Therapeutical Practice". Chapter
32 was entitle "Ozone as a Therapeutic Agent".
In the 1920s, Nikola Tesla allowed licensed production of an 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 cause of 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 ozone. Its 40
authors were the heads of all the leading American hospitals.
1930, the Swiss dentist Dr. E. A. Fisch was using ozone in dentistry,
and wrote many papers on it. He also introduced it to the Austrian
surgeon Dr. Erwin Payr in 1932.
1933, the American Medical Association, headed up by Morris Fishbein,
set out to eliminate all medical treatments that were competitive to
drug therapy. The suppression of ozone therapy in the US began then, and
continues to this day, except in ten US states, where doctors are
protected by state laws. At the behest of the AMA, the FDA began seizing
generators in the 1940s.]
In 1935, M. Sourdeau published a paper on "Ozone in Therapy" in France.
Aubourg and Dr. Lacoste were French physicians using ozone insufflation
1934-1938. Aubourg wrote "Medical Ozone: Production, Dosage and Methods
of Clinical Application" in 1938. He gave ozone rectally, vaginally,
injected into wounds and by breathing. In 8000 applications, there were
no harmful side effects.
Dr. Hans Wolff wrote the book "Medical Ozone" in the 1940s.
1942, "Gordon Detoxification and Hydro Surgery: Theory and Practice"
was published covering the medical uses of ozone as colon cleanser.
World War II, Dr. Robert Mayer learned of ozone therapy from German
prisoners of war at Ellis Island, and used ozone in his practice for the
next 45 years.
1944, Dr. Otto Warburg earned his second Nobel Prize in Medicine for
his discovery of the basic cause of cancer in damaged cell respiration.
1948, Dr. William Turska of Oregon began using an ozone machine of his
own design (Aethozone). In 1951, Dr. Turska wrote the article
"Oxidation", still appropriate today.
In 1952, the National Cancer Institute verified Dr. Otto Warburg's findings regarding lack of oxygen being the cause of cancer.
1953, German Dr. Hans Wolff began training many doctors in ozone
therapy. In 1954, Frank Totney published "Oxygen : Master of Cancer".
In 1956, Dr. Otto Warburg published "On the Origin of Cancer Cells" in Science, 24 February 1956, Vol. 123, Num. 3191.
1957, 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 8000 German doctors use ozone therapy daily.
1961, the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology stated: "During the 80
year history of the large scale usage of ozone, there has never been a
human death attributed to it".
In 1961, Dr. Hans Wolff introduced the techniques of major and minor autohemotherapy.
1966, Dr. Otto Warburg, now director of the Max Planck Institute for
Cell Physiology, delivered a lecture on "The Prime Cause and Prevention
of Cancer" to a meeting of Nobel laureates at Lake Constance, Germany.
In 1971, Dr. Hans Wolff and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Rilling founded The German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy.
1972, The International Association for Oxygen Therapy was founded by
Dr. George Freibott as the successor to the Eastern Association for
Oxygen Therapy of 1913. In 1977, Dr. Renate Viebahn provided an overview
of ozone's biological action. In 1979, Dr. George Freibott successfully
treated a Haitian AIDS patient suffering Kaposi's sarcoma with ozone.
In 1980, Dr. Horst Kief also reported success with ozone therapy for AIDS patients.
1980, F. Sweet, et al, publish "Ozone Selectively Inhibits Human Cancer
Cell Growth" in the peer-reviewed journal, Science, Vol. 209.
In 1982, the German medical textbook "Medical Ozone" is published by Dr. E. Fischer Medical Publications in Heidelberg.
1983, 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.
1985, Dr. Renate Viebahn published "The Biochemical Process Underlying
Ozone Therapy". Dr. Siegfried Rilling published "Basic Clinical
Applications of Ozone Therapy".
1987, 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.
In 1990, the Cubans reported success in treating glaucoma, conjunctivitis and retinitis pigmentosa with ozone.
In 1992, the Russians reported the successful use of ozone in a brine bath to treat burns.
June 1994, Plasmafire Intl sponsored an ozone symposium in Vancouver,
with 160 attendees, and as a direct result, ozone therapy is recognized
as an accepted modality by the Naturopathic Association of BC, with over
40 naturopaths treating patients with ozone therapy currently.
after 125 years of usage, 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).1