Blood is made up of 3
components: white cells that fight infection, red cells that carry oxygen
and plasma, the fluid that carries both kinds of cells throughout the body.
Normally only the red cells carry oxygen. But because HBOT forces oxygen
into the body under pressure, oxygen dissolves into all the body fluids
including the plasma, the lymph, the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the
brain and spinal cord. These fluids can carry the extra oxygen even to areas
where circulation is poor, or blocked, either by trickling past blockages or
by seeping into the affected area. This extra oxygen helps the healing
process. It enhances the white blood cellsí ability to fight infection. It
can promote the development of new capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that
connect arteries to veins. It can help the body build new connective tissue.