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Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in San Diego, California

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an advanced treatment option available at Avena Natural Health in San Diego. Our board-certified naturopathic doctors utilize HBOT to assist the body’s ability to strengthen its immune system and it is also known to aid the body in recovering from injury – among other benefits. Discover the advantages of this dynamic treatment by getting a naturopathic consultation, and check out the details in this informative post to learn more about how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could give you the boost in healing and wellness you deserve.  

What is HBOT?

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Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a non-invasive treatment that involves breathing oxygen in a chamber at a slightly higher pressure than atmospheric pressure, leading to increased oxygen levels in the blood stream. Increased oxygenation can promote healing and reduce inflammation, making it beneficial for conditions like wound healing and sports injuries. It is also considered for neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome, potentially improving cognitive function, sleep, and mental clarity. Additionally, mHBOT may support immune function and reduce oxidative stress, making it an excellent complementary therapy for conditions involving inflammation and chronic pain. 

The Benefits of HBOT

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has many benefits, especially in cases where chronic wounds are an issue.  This is because increased oxygenation can stimulate the body to develop fresh, new tissue.  Here are a few examples of how HBOT may be a benefit to you. 

  • Accelerated wound healing
  • Improved oxygen delivery to tissues
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Enhanced recovery from sports injuries
  • Boosted immune function

What to Expect During HBOT

During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, you’ll relax in a pressurized chamber while breathing pure oxygen. Sessions typically last 60-90 minutes. Like flying or diving, you might feel a slight pressure change in your ears. Many people find HBOT sessions comfortable and even relaxing.


HBOT is used to treat various conditions, with research supporting the treatment of chronic wounds, radiation injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, and certain infections. In regenerative medicine clinics, HBOT is used to support the nervous system in managing conditions like Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and even autism. Athletes often use HBOT in their rehabilitation repertoires. 

HBOT increases the oxygen levels in your blood and blood perfusion (oxygenated blood delivery), promoting healing and reducing inflammation in damaged tissues.

Yes. When performed by trained professionals, HBOT is generally safe with minimal risks or side effects.

The number of sessions depends on the condition being treated and individual response. Your healthcare provider or our naturopathic doctors will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

Coverage varies by insurance provider and the reason for treatment. Some insurers may cover HBOT for approved conditions. Avena Natural Health is a cash-pay facility with affordable pricing for HBOT and bundling deals.

It’s best to avoid eating heavy meals or consuming alcohol before HBOT to prevent discomfort during pressurization.

Certain medical conditions, such as untreated pneumothorax or ear infections, may be contraindications for HBOT. Your healthcare provider will assess your suitability for treatment.

The duration of HBOT benefits varies depending on the condition being treated and individual factors. Some people may experience long-lasting effects, while others may require periodic treatments for maintenance.

For safety reasons, it’s generally recommended to avoid bringing anything into the HBOT chamber, including electronic devices or metal objects.

HBOT is typically painless. You may feel slight discomfort or pressure changes in your ears, similar to flying or diving, but it’s generally well-tolerated.

HBOT costs vary widely. Insurance coverage, location, and individual treatment needs influence expenses. You can learn more about our pricing here.