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How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HbOT) work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HbOT) entails reclining within a pressurized chamber with varying degrees of increasing atmospheric pressure. It is believed that as the oxygen level increases throughout the body, circulation is enhanced, inflammation is reduced, and white blood cells are stimulated to remove toxins. This pure oxygen is also said to destroy harmful bacteria. HbOT is not new. It has long been used to treat deep-sea divers with decompression sickness or "the bends."

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