T.V. Serebrovskaya, R.J. Swanson, E.E. Kolesnikova Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine and Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA, USA
Ukrainian and Russian scientists have developed a new concept for the beneficial use of adaptation to artificial intermittent hypoxia in treating of many diseases. The basic mechanisms underlying intermittent hypoxic training were elaborated mainly in three areas: regulation of respiration, free radical production and mitochondrial respiration.
Twenty-year experience of the application of intermittent hypoxic therapy for the treatment of chronic obstructive bronchitis and bronchial asthma allows affirming that the adaptation to this kind of hypoxia causes a significant improvement of the clinical picture of 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 the hypoxic therapy a treatment with a future. Special note on intermittent hypoxic training in industrial health care for the purpose of prophylaxis and treatment of professional diseases.