Intermittent Hypoxic-Hyperoxic Treatment (IHHT)
Intermittent Hypoxic-Hyperoxic Treatment (IHHT) is a safe procedure that will restore your health on a cellular level. At Paracelsus Recovery, when appropriate, we will include IHHT into each of our mental health and addiction treatment programmes.
Intermittent Hypoxic-Hyperoxic Treatment
Intermittent Hypoxic-Hyperoxic Treatment (IHHT) is a non-invasive and safe procedure that involves breathing in hypoxic (low oxygen) and hyperoxic (high oxygen) air at varying intervals through a mask. It works by destroying damaged mitochondria allowing our cells to build new, healthier mitochondria.
Life exists because of the interplay between oxygen levels and mitochondria. Known as the 'powerhouses of the cell’, mitochondria provide us with energy. However, when we experience unhealthy volumes of stress, we put a lot of pressure on our mitochondria which can lead to damage.
IHHT places a mild amount of stress on the respiratory system and in response to this, our bodies activate a natural process of 'fine-tuning' on a cellular level. As a result, IHHT can improve our quality of life by targeting its very core – the cellular interplay between the environment and our bodies.
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IHHT for mental health conditions
IHHT improves symptoms of fatigue associated with stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, burn out, depression and insomnia. IHHT also has numerous physical health benefits which research suggests can help improve cardiovascular performance, metabolism, respiratory diseases and improve our immune system.
Paracelsus Recovery is the only treatment centre in Switzerland to provide IHHT for mental health difficulties. In so doing, we ensure that we are providing the most cutting edge and comprehensive treatment money can buy.
IHHT increases our energy levels at their most molecular level. It can drastically improve our stress resistance, our cells’ ability to regenerate and stimulate our nervous system. These changes to our body will create a whole host of chain-reaction benefits such as improved sleep, increased cognitive capabilities, improved stamina and enhanced overall quality of life.
IHHT is administered via a specialised machine through a mask. The client lies or sits in a comfortable position and quietly inhales hypoxic (low oxygen) air with intervals of hyperoxic (high oxygen) air. It can be a very relaxing procedure with each session taking approximately one hour.
IHHT is at the forefront of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. For instance, the 2019 Nobel Prize was awarded to the two scientists who discovered that the intake of oxygen in low supply for short periods rejuvenates the body. Since then, numerous studies have found that IHHT is beneficial for both our physical and psychological health.
For most people, Intermittent Hypoxic-Hyperoxic Treatment is a safe procedure, however, it is not suitable for everyone. Our clinical team will assess the appropriateness of this intervention during an initial clinical assessment. While severe hypoxia can be harmful to our health, moderate short bursts are only beneficial. It is akin to stress, while severe stress can lead to burnout, short periods of stress are essential to keep us focused and alert.
IHHT is available in London, but only when required or recommended.