Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells

by Dr. Kilcup | Dec 1, 2023 | Articles, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells have a very special connection. HBOT will increase stem cell production, A LOT! This is a very big deal if you are interested in living longer, having a healthy brain, being pain-free, and being healthy.

For example, one study found that just 2 hours of HBOT caused a doubling stem cells and over a 800% increase in stem cells after 40-60 hours. The lead author of the study, Stephen Thom, MD, Ph.D. , Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine said “This is the safest way clinically to increase stem cell circulation, far safer than any of the  pharmaceutical options”.

HBOT vs Stem Cell Therapies

HBOT is superior to stem cell therapy because, in the latter, you must receive stem cell injections from others, whereas in HBOT, your own stem cells multiply. The outcomes of stem cell therapies are uncertain, and there exists a substantial difference in cost: stem cell therapy averages between $5,000 and $50,000, while HBOT averages less than $150 per session.

Understanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves the administration of pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Patients inhale pure oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure, promoting increased oxygen absorption by the bloodstream. As a result, the added oxygen promotes healing in the body and can help many different conditions – including chronic conditions.

The Role of Stem Cells in Regeneration

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with the remarkable ability to differentiate into specialized cell types and self-renew. They serve as the body’s natural repair system, contributing to tissue regeneration and healing. Harnessing the power of stem cells has become a key focus in medical research and treatment strategies. They can be used for conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and injuries.

Synergy Between Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells

1. Enhanced Stem Cell Mobilization:

HBOT stimulates the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. The increased levels of circulating stem cells can then home in on damaged tissues or areas of injury. This initiates the repair process.

2. Improved Oxygenation for Stem Cell Function:

Secondly, oxygen is a critical factor for the optimal function of stem cells. HBOT provides an environment of increased oxygen levels. This enhances the survival and activity of stem cells once they reach their target tissues. This creates a more conducive environment for tissue repair and regeneration.

3. Reduction of Inflammation:

Furthermore, chronic inflammation can impede the effectiveness of stem cell therapy. HBOT has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to create a favorable environment for stem cell activity. By reducing inflammation, the combination of HBOT and stem cell therapy may have a synergistic effect on healing.

4. Neuroprotective Effects:

In neurological conditions, such as traumatic brain injury or stroke, the neuroprotective effects of both HBOT and stem cells are crucial. HBOT’s ability to improve oxygen supply to damaged brain tissue, coupled with the regenerative potential of stem cells, holds promise for neurorehabilitation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells: Applications in Medicine

1. Wound Healing:

Chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, often pose significant challenges. The combination of HBOT and stem cells accelerate the healing process by promoting tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation.

2. Neurological Disorders:

Conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and traumatic brain injuries have been shown to benefit from effects of HBOT and stem cells. The regenerative properties of stem cells, coupled with the neuroprotective qualities of HBOT, offer a multi-faceted approach to addressing these complex disorders.

3. Orthopedic Injuries:

Additionally, injuries to bones and joints may find relief through the combined use of HBOT and stem cells. The enhanced mobilization of stem cells and improved oxygenation can aid in the repair of damaged tissues. This will support a faster and more effective recovery.

Red Light for Stem cells

Red Light and Stem Cells

Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), works extremely well with HBOT. PBM can positively influence the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells. When exposed to red light, stem cells exhibit increased metabolic activity, enhanced cellular viability, and a greater capacity for differentiation into specific cell types. This non-invasive and low-risk approach promotes the optimal conditions for stem cell growth. It makes it an attractive tool in the field of regenerative medicine, especially when coupled with HBOT. The red light’s ability to stimulate cellular functions and support the cultivation of healthy, robust stem cell populations holds significant potential for advancing the efficacy of stem cell therapies in various medical applications.


In conclusion, stem cells therapy represents a frontier in regenerative medicine, offering a holistic and synergistic approach to healing. We have equipped our office with both Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Red Light Therapy. We are happy to help you on your health journey! Please fill out the new patient form linked below so we can know you better and assist you best. After that, schedule an appointment with our certified Functional Medicine Hyperbaric Oxygen clinician and get into an HBOT chamber!

Located at: 7016 N 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051

Phone Number: (602) 864 -0304


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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