PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry today announced the ban on ozone therapy treatments as it could lead to severe medical complications.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said a health technology assessment carried out by the Malaysian Health Technology Assessment Section (MaHTAS) revealed there was no scientific evidence to support any therapeutic benefits from the therapy.
“Moreover, the therapy exposes the users to risks of bleeding from the usage of heparin (blood thinning medicine), embolism (blockage of blood vessel from air bubbles), and infection from non-sterile instruments.
“It could also lead to permanent disability resulting from impairment of organs such as the kidneys,” he told reporters today.
As such, the ministry views the practice of ozone therapy seriously, he added.
He said the therapy claims to rejuvenate one’s skin and beauty, whiten complexion and slow the ageing process.
Dr Subramaniam also said the usage of the ozone therapy machine has also never been approved.
“Under the Medical Device Act 2012, the machine is defined as a medical device which must be registered with the Medical Device Act (MDA).
“Therefore, any establishment, manufacturer, importer or distributors who import or place the machines in the Malaysian market need to apply for an establishment licence and register the licence under the Act.