I was introduced several years ago to the transdermal CO2 D’OXYVA® delivery system and had the chance to utilize this modality in my practice as well as see the benefits noted by other clinicians who have started implementing the protocols. I was initially skeptical that such an affordable and simple system could have such profound health benefits. But after witnessing improvements in blood pressure, chronic venous insufficiency, diabetic wound healing, mood, and athletic performance enhancement, I realized that this treatment has the potential to help millions of patients with chronic health conditions. So, like most scientists, I began to investigate the reasons why this technology could be so effective.
Could it be possible that one of the main causes of most of our patients’ health problems is rooted in physiologic imbalances in the autonomic nervous system and microcirculation? Have we clinicians been chasing imperfect treatment options with medications and interventions that may certainly ameliorate symptoms initially, but which fail to address critical root causes of physiologic dysfunction and dysregulation?
There is an increasing consensus that microcirculation is critical in many ways. Our vascular system works in such a way that the great arteries have little impact on blood pressure, but small ones control almost 70% of the blood-flow resistance. Each adult organ can have more that 2 miles of capillaries inside it. Each capillary bed is in charge of exchanging small molecules between organ cells and the blood to maintain a healthy cell microenvironment or a state of homeostasis. The vascular system reacts to the concentration of metabolism’s by-products by deciding where to allocate resources and remove waste. However, with time and the accumulation of microcirculation damage due to bad health care habits, poor diet, and sickness, our bodies lose their ability to maintain homeostasis, resulting in poor wound healing, pain, infections, and so on. In other words, the microcirculation system helps our bodies maintain uninterrupted blood flow where it is needed the most.
Another overlooked system is the autonomic nervous system. Many books have been written in the functional medicine arena regarding the concept of adrenal exhaustion, as holistic doctors are realizing that this fundamental imbalance contributes to so many health conditions today. Today, we are bombarded with bad news on TV, we have work and financial challenges, and we have constant interruptions from our cell phones and emails. This constant attack on our survival cortisol hormones can be overwhelming. In functional medicine, we can even document this phenomenon with salivary cortisol hormone levels measured 4–6 times per day. Typically, we see three progressive levels at play. The adrenal system starts as stressed and wired, then progresses to stressed and tired, followed by burned out and exhausted. At each level, this autonomic imbalance takes its toll on our health. Mother nature provided us with a wonderful adaptive capability to mount a stress response when, in the caveman days, we were running from a pack of wolves. It diverts all energy away from the parasympathetic system (rest and digestion) to a sympathetic response (fright and flight) so we can respond physically, using muscle strength, increased heart rate, and increased cardiac output to respond to a physical challenge. After the challenge is gone, the body should return to homeostasis and a calming parasympathetic mode for rest and digestion. Well, that is just not happening in today’s world, as we are in constant overdrive trying to escape the pack of wolves. So, we primary care doctors are always recommending stress-reduction strategies like yoga, better sleep hygiene, blood sugar stabilization diet strategies, and vitamin supplements that support adrenal balance.
It is refreshing to see a new technologic advancement that can help the many health problems exacerbated by autonomic imbalances. A simple and safe 5-minute transdermal CO2 delivery device has been shown to work immediately, and there is scientific proof that the physiologic effects continue for many hours. Scientific evidence is available that transdermal CO2 delivered by the D’OXYVA® device works through several mechanisms:
Reduces inflammation by reducing free radical plasma levels
Raises antioxidant levels and induces vasodilation (microcirculation) through humoral pathway communication
Decreased R-R heart rate interval variation
Activation of the PNS parasympathetic system, causing a vasodilation response
D’OXYVA® is a class 1 low-risk medical device using the natural properties of CO2 (a FDA-cleared drug) to activate our body’s chemoreceptors and increase organ blood flow through microcirculation while promoting oxygen delivery in capillary beds and organ tissue.
My name is Dr. Steve Pfeifer, and I am a consultant for Circularity and a retired functional medicine doctor. I am proud to be part of the Circularity scientific team that is partnering with clinicians to continue independent research regarding these benefits. More than two dozen research projects have been performed to test D’OXYVA® ‘s potential and safety, and much more are ongoing throughout the world. In fact, at the D’OXYVA® University here in Indianapolis, our doctors are studying the athletic enhancement potential in elite Indy Car race drivers and general athletes to document objective benefits with recovery and pulse oximeter readings reflecting perfusion indexes.