RECTAL ozone therapy favoured by Gwyneth Paltrow is “complete nonsense”, an expert has claimed.
Professor Edzard Ernst, of the University of Exeter, said there is “no good evidence” for the so-called treatment, which involves pumping the toxic gas up your bottom.
Gwyneth Paltrow has waxed lyrical about how rectal ozone therapy has been “very helpful” for her
The actress, 50, has previously back a range of whacky health crazes, with her company Goop promoting coffee enemas
Gwyneth recently waxed lyrical about it, with wellness gurus claiming it helps fight inflammation and pain, as well as boosting the immune system.
Now Gwyneth — whose company Goop has previously espoused whacky health procedures like coffee enemas — has jumped on the trend.
Asked what the weirdest thing she has ever done for wellness, the Oscar award-winning actress, brought up the treatment.
She told the Art of Being Well podcast: “I have used ozone therapy, rectally. Can I say that?
“It’s pretty weird. But it’s been very helpful,” she added.
But Professor Ernst, the world’s foremost expert in alternative medicines, told Sun Health: “There is no good evidence that rectal ozone therapy is effective for anything.
“And if Gwyneth Paltrow promotes it, I am almost certain that it is complete nonsense.”
Rectal ozone therapy involves shooting the gas with a catheter into the colon.
In 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that ozone is toxic and has no proven medical applications.
The gas has been shown to damage the central nervous system, heart and vision, and is particularly dangerous if breathed in.
It can irritate the lining of the lungs and cause the organs to fill with fluid.
When blown into the rectum, ozone can also cause discomfort and cramping.
That is one of the reasons some doctors have warned patients to steer clear of controversial ozone treatments.
Dr Kaveh Hoda, a gastroenterologist, tweeted: “Not that you would but please don’t get ‘rectal ozone therapy’.”
However, that has not stopped some people promoting it, with claims it can help boost gut health.
The gas kills bacteria, parasites, viruses, and yeast, they claim.
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