We find scant clinical evidence to recommend the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. How dearly we'd prefer to report more encouraging news. But unlike intracranial abscess and acute traumatic ischemias, for which HBOT is approved to fight infection and aid in healing healthy brain tissue, cognitive impairments in the elderly present wholly nonvascular and seemingly irreversible mechanisms of cell death and tissue loss. Protein plaques and tangles (illustrated right) make Alzheimer's notoriously relentless in its slow progress.
Jump to our new Alzheimer's and Dementia page to learn more and to use our HyperbaricLink Evidence Index to guide your personal research.