FOR A WOMAN her age, 70-year-old Mrs. Buenaventura still loves to be in action. As the head matriarch of her household in a Bulacan town, she always makes sure to wake up even before the sun rises to cook breakfast for the family, go to the market, and tidy up the house a bit— even if her grandchildren can do such chores for her.
Mrs. Buenaventura, for one, says she does not want to get stuck in the house lying in bed all day just because she’s old, and so she grabs every opportunity she can to keep those joints moving. She even used to start her day with a morning walk or jog in a paved palaisdaan area near their house.
But while she thought that she was still at her prime, it was not long enough that old age and other complications took its toll. A few years back, Mrs. Buenaventura started experiencing back pain and arthritic knee, which prevented her from doing the things that she used to do. Even simple movements of going up and down the stairs and rising from bed had become tedious for her due to the pain that she felt from her back down to her hips.
This pain lasted for several years, until Mrs. Buenaventura found an unlikely cure just this year, in an unexpected turn of events. Aside from chronic back pain sever knee pain, she is also enduring frequent hypertension or high blood pressure, which prompted her to seek autohemotherapy at the Holistic Integrative Care Center (HICC) in Makati, upon her granddaughter and doctor’s recommendation.
First described by French physician Paul Ravaut in 1913, autohemotherapy or self-blood therapy is a type of ozone therapy that involves the withdrawal of blood (amount depends on condition) from the patient’s body and the reinjection of the same blood to the vein or muscle. The blood is mixed with ozone, an unstable form of oxygen that is believed to have healing properties.
It was only her hypertension that Mrs. Buenaventura sought to ease with autohemotherapy. But to her surprise, her years-long chronic back pain suddenly stopped after her session at HICC.
“Masakit ‘yung likod ko, taon na. Tapos nawala na ngayon. At saka ‘yung bayawang ko masakit noon, ngayon wala na pagkatapos ng autohemotherapy session sa HICC,” she says.
Autohemotherapy aims to improve the immune system in fighting disease and other undesired elements in the body. Practitioners attribute its benefits to the presence of antigens in the blood, which is said to stimulate the production of antibodies when injected into the tissues. The reintroduction of the blood to the body then initiates a fresh immune response to harmful and disease-causing substances.
A more common practice in Europe and South America, autohemotherapy has been used as an alternative treatment for arterial circulatory disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bronchitis, allergies, acne, eczema, leg ulcers, and fungal infections, as well as a combination with conventional treatment for cancer and other long-standing diseases.
As for her hypertension, Mrs. Buenaventura has closely monitored her blood pressure for two weeks and observed that it has stabilized to normal even without taking maintenance medication.
Mrs. Buenaventura also sought prolozone—another type of ozone therapy—for her persistent knee pain which hindered her from walking even short distances without support. Before the therapy, she used to wail with pain just by the slightest movement of straightening up her leg in bed. Standing and laying her foot flat on the ground had eventually become a daily struggle. But after successful prolozone sessions at HICC, Mrs. Buenaventura can now walk again pain-free and normally.
Ozone therapy in general inactivates bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa; stimulates oxygen metabolism; activates the immune system while reducing inflammation; helps heal damaged joints and degenerative disc; and reduces or eliminates chronic pain.
It also helps heal interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, inflammatory colitis, herpes, HPV, dental infections, diabetes, kidney glomerulonephritis, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, gangrene, toenail fungus, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and AIDS, among many others.
Dra. Meddie Edodollon, HICC medical director, says: “We live our lives with the greatest illusion of separation by religion, by race, by culture and we think that our heart is separate from our lungs; that’s why cardiology is separate from pulmonology, where in fact everything is united and working as one.”
“Our heart is very much connected with other body parts, that our body is connected to mind and spirit. That our being is connected to the community and the entire universe. When we are able to understand this, we heal one system and everything is healed,” Dra. Meddie adds.
Now that her back pain is gone, Mrs. Buenaventura welcomes each new day with a renewed strength and sense of hope and optimism for any challenge that may come her way.
For more inquiries about AUTOHEMOTHERAPY and other HICC services, kindly contact 02.744.5355 / 0936.066.9888 / 0923.146.8686. we are located at UG 11 Cityland Pasong Tamo Condominium, 6264 Calle Estacion, Brgy Pio Del Pilar, Makati City or visit www.hiccph.com and www.facebook.com/hiccph.