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oxygen and HIV
Aug 13, 2006

I am from India and want to know whether HIV survives after coming in contact with oxygen. It is in the background that many alternate therapists here are recommending breathing exercise like deep one and by alternate nostrils and also heavy outbursts of breaths to kill the virus. It is called prayanam in yogascience and these people also recommend white grass juice of 10 days old grass as it is said to contain chlorophyll a reservoir of oxygen . I would like to know is there chance of such therapy working.

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The use of exposure to oxygen (in the form or ozone or other processes) to affect the virus has been evaluated in a number of studies going back to the 1980s. This has never been shown to be effctive on its own. This being said, a number of good health and habits as are promoted in yogascience are certainly part of a healthy lifestyle that may be quite important in dealing with HIV infection. This can complement and support the traditional medical approaches to HIV infection that have led to the long-term control of the infection in the Western world.



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