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Intermittent hypoxia: mechanisms of action and some applications to bronchial asthma treatment
Being essentially cut off from the global scientific community, Ukrainian and Russian scientists have developed a new concept for the beneficial use of adaptation to artificial intermittent hypoxia in treating many diseases. The basic mechanisms underlying intermittent hypoxic training were elaborated mainly in three areas: regulation of respiration, free radical production and mitochondrial respiration. Experience of twenty years in the application of intermittent hypoxic therapy for the treatment of chronic obstructive bronchitis and bronchial asthma allows us to affirm that the adaptation to this kind of hypoxia causes a significant improvement of the clinical picture or even a complete recovery. The absence of negative side effects, typically observed during drug therapy, and the stimulation of organism’s general, nonspecific resistance, makes hypoxic therapy a treatment with a future. A special note is devoted to the use of intermittent hypoxic training in industrial health care for the purpose of prophylaxis and treatment of professional diseases.
Serebrovskaya T, Swanson RJ, Kolesnikova E