Unlocking Hope: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Autism Breakthrough

by Dr. Kilcup | Sep 26, 2023 | Articles, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. As researchers continue to explore various treatment options, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has emerged as an autism treatment for adults and children. This article aims to review three key studies that have investigated the effects of HBOT on individuals with ASD.

Why is HBOT so Effective?

In the ever-evolving landscape of medical science, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has emerged. Not only is it for anti-aging enthusiasts, but it is also a potential game-changer for individuals on the autism spectrum. This groundbreaking approach took its first steps towards the world of autism in the early 2000s. The results captivated the attention of researchers and caregivers alike.

The concept is as intriguing as it is transformative. HBOT harnesses the power of oxygen under elevated atmospheric pressures, delivering a burst of this life-sustaining gas to the cells. But how does this relate to autism? The answer lies in the role of oxygen in cellular rejuvenation. The oxygen-rich environment of HBOT promotes healing and repair. This affects the neural networks and pathways contributing to the challenges faced by individuals with autism.

The Proof is in the Studies

A recent study published in BMC Pediatrics examined the effects of HBOT on children with autism. The study found that HBOT reduced inflammation, improved cognitive function, and enhanced movement in these children. HBOT causes oxidative stress, which counteracts certain symptoms associated with autism. By increasing the production of antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, HBOT helps protect against oxidative stress and leads to noticeable improvements in autistic behaviors.

Several studies have reported that HBOT improved cerebral perfusion, decreased markers of inflammation and did not worsen oxidative stress markers in children with ASD.

Rossignol et al. (2009): Rossignol and colleagues conducted a pilot study involving 18 patients with ASD who underwent 40 sessions of HBOT. The study reported improvements in specific areas of behavior, such as social interaction and eye contact.

Additionally, a study published in the journal “Pediatrics” in 2012 found that children with ASD who received HBOT experienced significant improvements in overall functioning, social interaction, and communication skills.

Why Also Add Red Light Therapy?

The combination of HBOT and Red Light Therapy (RLT) present an avenue for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies have shown that HBOT can enhance cerebral blood flow, reduce inflammation, and optimize brain function, which may benefit those with ASD by improving cognitive and behavioral symptoms.

Red Light Therapy has demonstrated its efficacy in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are often comorbid with ASD. A study in the “Journal of Affective Disorders” in 2016 suggested that red light therapy could alleviate symptoms of major depressive disorder.

Although there are limited specific studies combining both therapies for autism, they are exploring the synergy between HBOT and RLT.


In conclusion, HBOT and RLT are emerging as allies in the journey to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With HBOT optimizing brain function and RLT addressing comorbid conditions, they can help enhance the lives of those with ASD.

If you’re seeking comprehensive care in the Phoenix, AZ area, look no further than our office. We offer both HBOT and Red Light Therapy. Our dedicated team commits to providing holistic, evidence-based solutions to support individuals with autism, promoting their well-being, and assisting them in thriving in their unique ways.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy last?

The duration of the effects of HBOT can vary based on the individual’s condition and the specific goals of the therapy. In some cases, the effects of HBOT may be immediate and short-lived, while in other cases, multiple sessions of HBOT may be required to achieve longer-lasting benefits.

How often should you do hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

The frequency of HBOT sessions can vary depending on the individual’s condition, treatment goals, and the recommendation of a healthcare professional. Typically, HBOT is administered as a series of sessions. It ranges from a few to several sessions over a specified period.

How quickly does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?

The speed at which HBOT works can vary depending on the individual’s condition and the specific goals of the therapy. Some individuals may experience immediate improvements or relief of symptoms after a few sessions of HBOT, while others may require multiple sessions over a longer period of time to see noticeable effects. The timeframe for experiencing the benefits of HBOT can be different for each person, and it is best to consult with a healthcare professional experienced in HBOT to get a better understanding of the expected timeline.

How can I find an HBOT chamber near me?

We are located in Phoenix, Arizona, but if you live far away I recommend reading my article on finding the right clinic for you.

Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

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