Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide for Respiratory Health
Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic agent that is used to fight pathogens. Increasing evidence suggests that it may be beneficial for your respiratory health when nebulized. Nebulizing changes medications or other therapeutic agents from liquid to mist. Inhaling hydrogen peroxide through a nebulizer may help you improve your respiratory system and regain your health quicker if you are feeling unwell.
In this article, you will learn what nebulizing is. You will learn what hydrogen peroxide is and its uses. I will discuss how functional medicine doctors are using nebulized hydrogen peroxide. You will learn about the benefits of nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. I will discuss several scientific studies on the benefits of nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. You will learn the steps of how to use nebulized hydrogen peroxide. I will also share some additional options for nebulizing, including the Brownstein protocol, nebulizing silver, and nebulizing glutathione.
What is Nebulizing?
A nebulizer is a piece of medical equipment that changes certain medications or therapeutic supplements from a liquid form to a mist, allowing you to inhale it into your lungs. Nebulizing helps to quickly administer the medication or supplement directly into your lungs. Nebulizers have a mouthpiece or face mask to put over your face to inhale the mist through it. The therapeutic agent then goes straight into your respiratory system and lungs—exactly where you need it to take effect.
Nebulizers are often recommended for people with asthma or other respiratory issues. They may be used for acute respiratory infections. As you will learn from this article, nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide is a safe way to naturally support your health if you have a respiratory infection.
Nebulizers are highly affordable. Home nebulizers start at around $50. They are typically large and must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Portable nebulizers are slightly more expensive, but because they are small and battery-powered, they are an excellent option for folks with a busy lifestyle.
What is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a mild antiseptic agent that is made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen when applied to affected areas, which causes foaming action. This is because the blood and most living cells contain the enzyme catalase, which attacks hydrogen peroxide and converts it into water (H20) and oxygen (O2).
The oxygen free radicals have a negative charge that interacts with pathogens and damages their cell walls. This helps to destroy bacteria, clean areas, and remove dead skin cells. Your white blood cells make and use hydrogen peroxide to fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens.
Hydrogen peroxide has long been used as an accepted, safe, and affordable disinfectant for surfaces, cuts, scrapes, burns, and minor wounds. It may also be beneficial as a mouth rinse that helps to relieve canker sores, gingivitis, and other minor mouth irritations, and reduce mucus. Furthermore, hydrogen peroxide may be beneficial for your sinus-, lung-, and overall respiratory health.
It turns out that the friendly bacteria in the mucous membranes of your lungs, sinuses, nose, mouth, digestive system, and urinary tract thrive in environments that are rich in oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide is very high in oxygen which may help these friendly bacteria thrive but harmful pathogens to die.
Hidden Epidemic, a book by Dr. Thomas Levy published by MedFox Publishing in 2017, discusses the role of hydrogen peroxide in acute viral respiratory infections (1). Following the infection, your oral and nasal cavities stay in a low-grade infectious state with a biofilm of disease-causing colonies of viruses.
As a result, they may persist chronically in your oral cavity, such as your tonsils. As pathogens get swallowed, the ongoing infection may also compromise the health of your gut, teeth, and gums. This may lead to ongoing oxidative stress in your gut and leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Levy argues that nebulizing hydrogen may be a way to tackle these infections.
Doctors Using Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide
As prescription medications became more popular, the interest in the benefit of hydrogen peroxide declined in the 1940s. However, recently, there has been increased attention to hydrogen peroxide and nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide. Many functional medicine doctors, including Dr. Levy and Dr. Mercola, have been recommending nebulizing hydrogen peroxide.
Dr. Mercola recommends starting nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide the same day as you notice a respiratory infection coming on (2). He believes that nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide can be an effective mono treatment. However, adding vitamin D, zinc, and quercetin may be highly beneficial.
Nebulizing H202 loses its effectiveness as the respiratory infection gets worse so it is important to focus early on and do it for 5–15 minutes at a time every waking hour. After you feel better, you can do it every 4–6 hours until you feel close to 100%. The goal is to stop the virus before it gets deep in the lungs where it causes severe inflammation and can progress to serious illness.
Dr. Levy has written extensively, including in his book, about nebulizing hydrogen peroxide for respiratory issues (3). He explains that nebulizing hydrogen peroxide may help to break down and inactivate viruses. He recommends daily treatments several times a day until a few days after you feel completely normal. He believes that nebulizing hydrogen peroxide may also be a great preventative strategy.
Dr. David Brownstein also recommends nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide in a scientific article published by the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), Public Health Policy Inititiative (PHPI) in 2020 (4). According to this observational case series, nebulizing a hydrogen peroxide/saline mix with Lugol’s iodine seemed effective for respiratory infections. In this case series, patients received individualized treatment, and some were treated with intravenous hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C solutions, and/or intramuscular ozone.
Health Benefits of Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide
Nebulizing hydrogen peroxide may offer a number of health benefits, including respiratory, oral, and digestive health.
Improved Respiratory Health
One of the main benefits of nebulizing hydrogen peroxides is improved respiratory health. A 1996 study published in Respiratory Medicine found that nebulizing may be an effective therapy for respiratory and lung health (5). A 2020 review published in Medical Hypothesis found that hydrogen peroxide may be beneficial for viral infections (6).
Reduced Oral Pathogens
Nebulizing hydrogen peroxide may also help to reduce oral pathogens. A 1995 review published in the Journal of Periodontology found that hydrogen peroxide may help to reduce plaque and gingivitis (7). A 2016 study published in the Journal of International Society of Preventative and Community Dentistry found that hydrogen peroxide may help to reduce gingivitis in periodontist patients (8).
Improved Digestive Health
Hydrogen peroxide may also benefit your digestive health. A 2017 study published in Gut Microbes found that hydrogen peroxide may help to control pathogens in the intestinal mucosa (9). A 2020 study published in Cell Host & Microbe also found that hydrogen peroxide may help to reduce the microbial load in the gut (10).
Studies on Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide
There have been a number of recent studies on the potential benefits of nebulized hydrogen peroxide. A 2016 study published in Food and Environmental Virology found that nebulizing hydrogen peroxide may be beneficial for various respiratory infections (11). A 2020 review published in Medical Hypothesis found that hydrogen peroxide may be helpful for viral infections (6).
According to a 2020 article published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology said that using nebulized hydrogen peroxide may help to reduce the hospitalization rate related to respiratory infections (12). A 2021 case series published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide may be a beneficial option for respiratory infections (13).
How to Use Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide
To get started with nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide, I recommend this Desktop Nebulizer. It’s important that you always use food-grade hydrogen peroxide. I recommend this Essential Oxygen Food Grade Natual Hydrogen Peroxide.
I recommend you make your own saline solution using the following instructions. You may also choose to purchase a quality saline solution, such as Modudose Saline Solution for Inhalation, but remember these come in 5mL so you need 47 doses to make it equal to 8 oz. It comes in 100 per box.
How to Make Saline Solution
- Fill up a 8 oz. glass jar with purified water. It’s important that you don’t use tap water but purified water only.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt, Celtic Salt, or Real Salt.
- Stir to dissolve.
How to Prepare Hydrogen Peroxide for Nebulizing
- Add 2 teaspoons of 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide to the 8 oz. saline water you just prepared or 8 oz. of Modudose Saline Solution for Inhalation. However, if you are starting with 12% hydrogen peroxide, add 1/2 tsp to 8 oz. of saline water
- Transfer this mix to a glass dropper bottle.
- You can keep this solution refrigerated for a long time, so I recommend labeling your bottle or jar.
How to Set Up Your Nebulizer
- I recommend reading the instructions of your nebulizer carefully.
- Connect the tubing to the nebulizer.
- Open the nebulizer medicine container and add 2–3 mL which is 1–2 droppers full or about 1/2 teaspoon of your hydrogen peroxide and saline solution.
- Put the mask on and breathe in the nebulized hydrogen peroxide solution.
Start nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide as soon as you start feeling unwell. Use it for 5 to 15 minutes every hour until you start feeling better. You may likely feel better within the first day. Once you are better, reduce nebulizing to every four to six hours until a few days after you are completely well.
Besides nebulizing hydrogen peroxide, there are other substances that you may try nebulizing with to support your respiratory health naturally. I recommend the Brownstein protocol, nebulizing silver, and nebulizing glutathione.
You may benefit from the Brownstein Protocol by Dr. David Brownstein for respiratory health. Dr. David Brownstein also recommends nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide in a scientific article published (4).
In an observational case series by the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), Public Health Policy Inititiative (PHPI) in 2020, Dr. Brownstein and his team found that nebulizing a hydrogen peroxide/saline mix with 2 drops of 2% Lugol’s iodine. If you feel fine with that you can increase your dosage to 5–6 drops of the iodine.
The Lugol’s has potassium iodine and I personally recommend using a pure nascent iodine instead. So I prefer doing 3–6 drops of a nascent iodine such as Detoxadine Iodine to your hydrogen peroxide solution.
You may also benefit from nebulizing colloidal or nano silver for respiratory issues. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine found that colloidal silver may be beneficial for lung health (14). A 2021 animal study published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science found that colloidal silver may be helpful for respiratory bacterial infections (15).
Follow these directions for nebulizing with colloidal silver:
- Fill the medicine cup of your nebulizer with a non-diluted nanosilver up to the 2 ml mark. I recommend using Silver Spray for nano silver. Avoid using homemade silver as the particles are too large.
- Following the directions of your nebulizer, turn it on, put the mask on, and inhale deeply. Hold it in for a second, then exhale.
- If you have an acute infection, I recommend 6 to 7 minutes 3 to 5 times a day. Use it for about 6 to 7 minutes each session once or twice a day for prevention. If you are using it for lung regeneration, start it with one time a day.
You may also benefit from nebulizing with glutathione for respiratory health. Glutathione is an antioxidant that can help to reduce cellular damage. A 2000 case report published in Alternative Medicine Reviews found that nebulizing glutathione may be helpful for emphysema (16). A 2005 study published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine found that nebulizing glutathione may be beneficial for lung health (17).
A 2008 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that nebulized or aerosolized glutathione can benefit respiratory and lung problems (18). A 2015 study published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis found that nebulized glutathione may be beneficial for lung health (19). Glutathione can be especially good for helping to improve chronic lung diseases.
Follow these directions for nebulizing with glutathione:
- Set up your nebulizer according to the directions.
- I recommend using Reduced L-Glutathione Plus for nebulizing.
- Break 1 capsule of glutathione open. Pour the content of the capsule into the medicine cup of your nebulizer. Add about 1 teaspoon or 5 ml of saline solution or pure distilled water. Let it sit for a bit until the solution looks perfectly clear.
- Once ready, put the mouthpiece on and begin inhaling. The treatment of 1 capsule lasts for about 4 minutes.
Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic agent that may be beneficial for your respiratory health when nebulized. I recommend following my tips for nebulizing hydrogen peroxide to improve your respiratory system and regain your health quicker if you are feeling unwell.
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