We get asked many times by therapists and end-users about the term ‘Carbonic Acid Therapy’. But why exactly do we utilise this form of treatment within our HOCATT chambers, and what are the benefits? Carbonic Acid Therapy is used to help aid in rejuvenating the body for health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical reasons. Carbon Dioxide converts to Carbonic Acid when presented within steam, which is utilised within our therapeutic HOCATT steam sauna chamber. Carbonic acid is essentially Carbon Dioxide dissolved in water!
The connotation of the word ‘acid’ is perhaps unfortunate, as this is simply an essential compound; much like lactic acid, in fact! Interestingly, Carbonic acid is actually only slightly more acidic than lactic acid, and is described by chemists as an important binding agent under physiological conditions.
Users sit within a HOCATT wellness chamber for 25-30 minutes. In the carbonic acid pre-cycle, humidified oxygen enters the bloodstream nasally; CO2 reacts with the steam and converts into carbonic acid; this calms the body and dilates the blood vessels, also increasing blood circulation, cellular uptake and delivery of oxygen. This is known as the Bohr Effect.
Carbonic Acid within what is often termed ‘ozone therapy’ has the ability to penetrate effortlessly into the skin and bloodstream, due to its highly soluble state, which increases the oxygen absorption ability of blood, muscles and skin. This also increases the energy production needed for the body to sustain, protect, and improve the central nervous system, and also sedate and vaso-dilate the blood vessels.
Cosmetic benefits of the HOCATT steam sauna-
*Reducing the appearance of cellulite
*Reduction in scarring
*Targeting wrinkles, scar marks and other skin conditions
*Promoting faster wound healing and speeding up recovery time
*Offering a detoxing effect and speeding up the process of breaking down fat - so can eliminate the need for liposuction
*Reduction of stretch marks
*Opening pores and cleansing the skin, for a ‘fresh’ look
*The HOCATT ozone therapy steam sauna system also reduces stress, and relaxes the muscles and the mind
Healing benefits of the HOCATT steam sauna-
*Anti-inflammatory effect and pain relief
*Enhanced oxygen delivery at cellular level in the muscles, organs, brain, skin and other parts of the body
*Sedating and calming the central nervous system
*Improving immune function, helping ward off heart attacks and strokes
*An exercise substitute for those unable to exercise
*Boosting the cardiovascular system to improve blood circulation and decrease vascular diseases like diabetes and vascular insufficiency