The miracle of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and its potential in Bangladesh

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a specialized oxygen treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing processes. It is called the oxygen revolution therapy due to the marvelous outcome of treatment. The combination of increased atmospheric pressure and oxygen in a total body chamber treats a wide variety of medical conditions.

Healing cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in tissues and cells. Many illnesses and injuries fail to heal because sufficient oxygen is unable to reach the damaged area. Inflammation, swelling, and reduced blood flow prevent oxygen from reaching injured tissues. Hyperbaric oxygen (usually at an increased atmospheric pressure) stimulates blood flow, which allows for the growth of new blood vessels into the injured tissue. HBOT provides extra oxygen to tissues and cells with minimal side effects.

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Many illnesses and injuries fail to heal because of inadequate oxygen levels. Inflammation, swelling, and reduced blood flow contribute to non-healing. Adequate oxygen is unable to reach the damaged area. Increased oxygen under pressure (HBOT) provides this extra oxygen to tissue and cells with minimal side effects. HBOT treats cumulative wounds of life (aging).

  • Expedited healing
  • New cell regeneration
  • Anti-aging

Dr. Raghib Manzoor, Founder, Managing Director & Chief Consultant of CritiCare Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. explained in details about the HBOT. He explains the scope of treatment by HBOT to a wide range of diseases including Autism. Post-traumatic brain injury patients get the most benefit of this treatment. Sometimes, burn patients get very rapid and tremendous healing benefit from HBOT.

According to Dr. Manzoor, the treatment option has not yet attracted the attention of the physicians in Bangladesh, but it is being used in some facilities. Considering many benefits, he opined that HBOT could heal many patients who otherwise could not make it.

Dr. Manzoor said that the benefit could be escalated in many folds in Bangladesh by incorporating the services through public-private partnerships (PPP) in many government hospitals. The potential is huge, and the leverage to the patients is beyond imagination for most of the cases.

He expressed that HBOT has some great effects on the autistic children and the cerebral palsy patients who were treated as the burden to the families. Experiencing the amazing benefits from HBOT treatment on these type of patients, some parents opined that it could be established as a life-saving treatment modality.

HBOT Machine

Dr. Raghib Manzoor showing an affordable HBOT machine (with a capacity of two persons) at his place that can benefit many patients for various conditions * PHOTO: TAREQ SALAHUDDIN


Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy or in conjunction with other drugs. The list contains more than 70 medical conditions.

These are common conditions that are treated with HBOT:

  • Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Acute Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
  • Diabetic and Selected Wounds
  • Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
  • Thermal Burns

Other conditions commonly treated by HBOT include:

  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Anesthesia Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Birth Injury
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Injury caused by Substance Abuse
  • Brain Injury from Chemotherapy (“Chemo Brain”)
  • Brain Injury from Radiation
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Chronic Decompression Sickness
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Concussion
  • Depression caused by Brain Injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Lyme Disease
  • Mitochondrial Disorders
  • Mold Toxicity
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Near-hanging
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Compression Injury
  • Tinnitus
  • Toxic Brain Injury
HBOT Chamber

Patients utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy enter a chamber where they breathe under pressure.


Yes. If your condition involves injury, wounding, loss of blood supply, or inflammation, it would be surprising if HBOT did not help you. It is said that it has the potential to restore your life.

Based on how HBOT works, by treating disease processes that are common to many diseases, it is highly probable that HBOT could help you if dosed properly. Proper dosing is determined by specialist trained physicians. If dosed properly, HBOT has an excellent chance of helping you or your loved one.

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Tareq Salahuddin

Dr. Tareq Salahuddin is an award-winning journalist and a Special Correspondent of News Hour. He is a Public Health Professional working in the development sector. Dr. Tareq, a medical graduate, is a member of Public Health Association of Bangladesh and a former member of the Governing Council and Policy Committee of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), a J2J Fellow on HIV/AIDS and a member of the International AIDS Society. To know more about Dr. Tareq, please visit his personal website ( or simply Google his name.
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