Autohemotherapy is a technique that involves withdrawing blood from the body, processing the blood, and the injecting it back into the muscle. The blood is usually mixed with ozone, an unstable form of oxygen, an herbal such as Echinacea, or a homeopathic remedy before injection. This therapy has been used in Europe and South America.
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There is insufficient reliable evidence about the effectiveness of autohemotherapy. Ozone therapy, a type of autohemotherapy has been separately studied; see the ozone therapy monograph for specific effectiveness information.
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General: There is insufficient information about adverse effects of autohemotherapy. Ozone therapy, a type of autohemotherapy has been separately studied; see the ozone therapy monograph for specific adverse effects information.
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Mechanism of action
In autohemotherapy, blood may be mixed with ozone, herbals such as Echinacea, or a homeopathic solution. Proponents believe that using ozone stops the replication of viruses and removes cancer cells. Echinacea and homeopathic solutions are believed to stimulate the immune system.