The IHHT – Interval Hypoxia Hyperoxia Therapy Treatment
Interval hypoxia-hyperoxia therapy (IHHT) involves alternately supplying the body with too much and too little oxygen (oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor air) via inhalation through a breathing mask in order to achieve effects similar to those of real altitude training. Translated, this means: We bring the mountain air to the THERA Praxisklinik in Berlin.
What exactly happens during IHHT?
The change between oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich air triggers biochemical processes and a chain of positive reactions in the body’s cells. Systemically, more or less all cells and their function are activated, biochemical reactions* as well as genetic transcription processes follow. This in turn causes, for example, an improved fat burning, an improved blood circulation or a reduction of inflammations. IHHT has been used successfully for many years as a method of treating disturbed energy metabolism and, in particular, a wide variety of chronic diseases.
* In one cell of the body 30,000-100,000 chemical reactions take place per second!
During pregnancy, the partial pressure of oxygen in the uterus undergoes physiological fluctuations, which sometimes enables embryonic growth.
Oxygen fluctuations in the sense of controlled hypoxia (in contrast to uncontrolled hypoxia, for example in the context of obstructive sleep apnea) lead in their overall effect to an improved supply of individual cells with oxygen and thus energy.
Controlled sequences of hypoxia also help the mitochondria in particular to regenerate. It has now been shown that a large proportion of chronic diseases are related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Interval hypoxia-hyperoxia training provides an impulse for accelerated multiplication of new and healthy mitochondria. At the same time, damaged and weakened mitochondria are selectively degraded. Disturbances in the antioxidant metabolism are reversed and free radicals are regulated to a physiological level.
The body’s own production of coenzyme Q10, which is of central importance for energy metabolism, can also be increased by IHHT.