HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen to higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber This treatment is used to treat divers who suffer from bends or decompression sickness.
The experts of Edinburgh University will conduct a clinical trial to study whether HBOT can improve liver functions and stimulate bone marrow stem cells.
The current methods of obtaining bone marrow stem cells for infusion are imperfect and can be painful and unpleasant with the risk of complications.
HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen to higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber. The trial will take place in a purpose-built chamber at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders.
Participants in the study will have a total of 20 two-hour sessions of hyperbaric oxygen. Blood samples taken from the volunteers both before and after the sessions will then be compared.
The success of this trial will be a major step for the treatment of different severe liver disorders. Us researchers are also examining the effects of HBOT in Aids and HIV, post traumatic stress disorder, autism, celebral palsy and stroke cases.