All species of animals do not react the same to peroxide because there are species differences in catalyze content between man and animal. Dogs and chickens for instance have very low catalase levels so they have poor tolerance to hydrogen peroxide. In fact, you can kill them with hydrogen peroxide.   Humans, cats, and horses respond well to H202 because their blood contains catalase, the enzyme necessary to convert H202 into water and oxygen. Goats , dogs or chickens will not respond to H202.

The Use of Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to Inject Trigger Points Soft Tissue Injuries and Inflamed Joints

by Charles H. Farr M.D., PhD

    For over 75 years physicians all over the world have been injecting patients with all forms of strangeconcoctions in an attempt to relieve inflammation, pain and other discomfort. Some work, some do not. Some even make the problem worse or have serious side effects. Steroids, anesthetics, antiseptics, analgesics, sclerosing agents and anti-inflammatory substances are all used as agents for therapeutic injections. The common denominator for these agents is they are classified as drugs and certainly are capable of being toxic to the patient. None of the agents used today for injection into torn, fractured, strained, sprained, bruised, inflamed, infected, damaged or otherwise messed up tissue are capable of inducing healing and repair. None are non-toxic or naturally occurring. Most new drugs being introduced are not new at all. They are usually a variation of a substance or drugs categorized above. It is a rare event when you can experience the introduction of an entirely newtherapeutic tool. It is especially rare when this substance proves to be very effective yet is relativelynon-toxic and functions through promoting natural healing and repair. The new substance we are introducing, new to be used in muscle-skeletal medicine, is hydrogen peroxide. This is a brand new use of a long existing product. Hydrogen peroxide, first discovered in the mid 1880s, has been used extensively as a medical agent, mostly for topical application. In 1920, in India, it was first used as an injectable to treat persons dying from influenza. The report of this remarkable experience appeared in the Lancet showing the death rate was reduced by 50%, but it was largely ignored. Millions of people would not have died of influenza, pneumonia, and other forms of respiratory illness if only physicians would take the time to read what is being published.

     The two most important nutrients in the body to sustain life are oxygen and water. Hydrogen peroxide is the reduction and combination of these two substances forming a singular molecule. This event, the formation of hydrogen peroxide, takes place normally in the body as a result of transportation and utilization of O2 and, without its formation and employment in normal metabolism, life supporting functions would cease and life end. A significant amount of knowledge exists about the metabolism and chemical activity of hydrogen peroxide. There are in excess of 8,000 articles in the peer review journals alone. It has been said this probably represents only about 40% of the actual information which has been published in all worldwide sources. It is well recognized in this literature that hydrogen peroxide is the source of hydroxyl radicals (free radicals) in the body and their presence may be destructive to cells. This understanding has led many to misinterpret the meaning and caused much unwarranted concern. The process of producing hydrogen peroxide is beneficial to the body and is essential to life and tissue repair. Contrary to the popular belief that "you should avoid hydrogen peroxide", once you understand the process of tissue repair, you will welcome hydrogen peroxide with open arms into your metabolic life. Without cell death there can be no healing! This statement may sound foreign, but understanding the metabolism and purpose of hydrogen peroxide becomes important to understanding the healing process. The production of hydroxyl radicals from hydrogen peroxide occurs under specific conditions and is initiated by a cell becoming weak and losing its integrity. As a cell ages and becomes weak, the transitional metals within the cells become reduced to a form which stimulates hydroxyl radical production. This self destruction mechanism causes cellular death, stimulates cell differentiation and replacement with a new, healthy cell. The presence of hydrogen peroxide also stimulates the production of cytokines by the T and B cells. Cytokines are cellular messengers which regulate all cellular activity and direct the healing process. Hydrogen peroxide is the master conductor which orchestrates the healing process.

     I discovered and reported the possible therapeutic benefits of hydrogen peroxide, especially when used intravenously, many years ago. We have now administered intravenous hydrogen peroxide to several thousand patients who suffered with a large variety of pathological conditions. These treatments have been administered without side effects or complications in 98% of the cases. Any side effect which occurred was local and very minor. The beneficial effects have now been well documented by many physicians and reported world wide. Therapy with hydrogen peroxide has proved to be extremely safe and, as an observation of its lack of tissue toxicity, caused us to explore its use by local injection. We had observed that occasionally, a patient receiving an intravenous infusion would infiltrate. They had no knowledge of anything wrong until they observed the large amounts of subcutaneous fluid in the arm receiving the infusion. We have seen infiltration of 200 ml to 250 ml of fluid and there was no pain. Long term follow up showed these events to be without sequelae. Based upon the impressions of physicians who are confused about the action of hydrogen peroxide in the body, one could expect such an infiltration into the soft tissue would be irritating and cause considerable damage by the free radicals which are produced. Obviously, many concepts about hydrogen peroxide are in error because the damage does not occur. Contrary to what was expected, just the opposite happened. In patients who had any type of local pain syndrome or inflammatory reaction, prior to the infusion, it was found the infiltrated hydrogen peroxide would abate the pain and within a few hours, the inflammatory reactions would disappear or be considerably better.

     These observations prompted us to design a study of injecting inflamed, damaged or injured tissue and inflamed nerves such as herpes or trigger points causing pain and muscle spasm. Our patient population were mostly older people with chronic degenerative illness. Our experience and technique of neural and joint injection was sadly lacking. A solution of 0.03 to 0.375% of hydrogen peroxide prepared in 5% dextrose in water was used as our active agent. The proper protocol and recommendation for the use of hydrogen peroxide must be followed. You must understand hydrogen peroxide is a very powerful oxidizer and in large concentrations can be very damaging to the tissue. Therefore you should keep your concentrations at or below the recommended levels and adjust your dosage by the volume you use for your injection. Do not exceed 0.0375%. We use anywhere from 1 or 2 ml up to 10 ml depending on the size of the area we are injecting. In addition to trigger points in soft tissues, we have injected nerves, tendons, ligament, muscles, bursa, joint spaces, tendon insertions and anything else we though might benefit. We have also injected joint spaces and surrounding tissues in both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis patients. There have been no side effects or complications as a result of these injections. Many areas which we injected had been previously treated by other physicians using local anesthetics and/or steroids with limited or no success. In most of these cases, when we used hydrogen peroxide, the pain or inflammation had resolved within a week and often within 24 hours. We occasionally have someone who we have to inject a second time but none, so far, more than twice. In these cases, where the response was not as good as we expected, we feel it might be our technique instead of the peroxide. If presented with the need to inject an area more than once, we would have no hesitation because we have given up to 100 intravenous infusions to a single person with no adverse effects. We feel there is no practical limit to the number of local injections you could safely give to any one person, provided you space them out with a few days between injections.

     Most of the responses we have observed, for the relief of pain or the relief of muscle spasm, have occurred within 2 to 3 days and are long lasting. Sometimes relief is as short as 12 hours or as long as 7 days. If the initial injection reduced the pain or spasticity, but did not completely relieve it, then give a second or third injection. When treating inflamed joints and tissues the response is much slower. Measurable response is more often counted in weeks, one or two, for the inflammation to resolve, In our hands, the local injection of 0.03% of hydrogen peroxide in joints, soft tissues, nerve, tendons, ligaments, etc. has been very successful in relieving pain and inflammation and has been without systemic or local side effects or other complications. Other physicians, who practice sports medicine, have reported to me very rapid healing and a return to normal function of injured tissue when treated with injection of hydrogen peroxide. Based on our increasing knowledge of the mechanisms of healing which are stimulated and under the control of hydrogen peroxide in the body, we can appreciate the rapid recovery being seen in the treatment of these sports injuries. We hope physicians who are skilled in injecting materials into joints and soft tissues and also those who practice sports medicine will explore the use of hydrogen peroxide. Since the action of hydrogen peroxide is basic to significant metabolic pathways necessary for tissue healing and repair, the discovery of its usefulness in injuries and disease is limited only by the imagination and curiosity of the investigator.


Hydrogen peroxide is a highly reactive molecule. Please do not add anything to your peroxide solution. If you do, one of two things may happen:(1) The peroxide is used up in the chemical reaction and no longer exists, or (2) The peroxide reacts with the substance you added to the mixture and creates an entirely new substance.

     Dr. Farr discovered and reported the use of 0.03% Hydrogen peroxide injected into joints and soft tissues. He found that the swelling and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis responded quickly to intra-articular injections. He also found that it was especially effective when injected into osteoarthritis joints such as fingers and knees. Trigger points in muscles and tendons are rapidly relieved with the same type of injection. Some physicians have reported good results in reconstruction of joint surfaces and spaces using hydrogen peroxide injections.

For those interested in the many benefits of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide), here is a formula from Dr. Farr:

To prepare the IV solutions of H2O2, Dr Farr begins with 30% USP, Food, or cosmetic grade purchased solution of Hydrogen peroxide. This 30% is diluted with equal amounts of sterile distilled water to make a workable 15% stock solution. The stock solution is passed through a .22 micron filter for sterilization and removal of particulate matter. Store in frig.

For a treatment infusion solution, he takes the 15% stock spoliation and adds .25 cc (1/4 cc or ml) to 100 ml of a 5% dextrose water injectable solution as a carrier. This will produce a final therapeutic solution of 0.0375% that is given intravenously. To make it easier to measure, one may want to add 1 cc of the stock to 400 cc of the carrier solution for the same concentration.

CAUTION:   Make sure nothing is added to this H2O2 solution because of its tremendous oxidizing power. Even Ascorbic acid (Vit C) is rapidly oxidized to the mono-dehydroascorbate radical, an unstable compound which degrades to numerous other chemical fragments. Vitamins, minerals, peptides, enzymes, amino acids, heparin, EDTA or other injectable materials should never be mixed with this hydrogen peroxide solution!


     Note that despite what was written in the above posts, 0.0375% Hydrogen peroxide is not always deemed the ideal injectable concentration.

     Dr. Farr often used  0.15 to  0.3% concentrations in acute pathologies with good results. The general rule is that the more acute the disease, the greater the amount of peroxide which will be needed. Chronic cases should be treated with the weaker 0.0375% dilutions. One should look for a clinical response and go from there on how to prescribe dosages and dilutions of hydrogen peroxide.
From Dr. W. C Douglass' book,  HYDROGEN PEROXIDE:

"Even nebulization works (using hydrogen peroxide). Doctor Finney and his colleagues at Baylor had rabbits breath H2O2, mixed in saline solution. The amount of oxygen increase found in the blood was twice what would be obtained from the average hyperbaric oxygen treatment. The HBO treatment costs about $150, the H2O2 nebulization one, about a dime.."

The only other problem with Dr. Farr's therapy is that it is an intravenous therapy.  And as an intravenous therapy, that means that it needs to be done in a doctor's office. But as long as you get into the clinic for an IV or two, you can literally knock out any viral infection you will ever get. And that brings me to something that I came upon a little over a year ago. A new way of administering hydrogen peroxide therapy that is almost as effective as the IV. And better than the IV method, this new treatment can be done at home, and is ridiculously cheap. It's called nebulized hydrogen peroxide. And this is how I learned about it.

About a year ago I saw a patient with asthma who was taking the asthma medication that her doctor had been giving her in a nebulizer. A nebulizer is device that is able to convert a liquid into tiny bubbles. I mean really tiny bubbles. Bubbles that are so tiny that they can only be seen under a microscope. When these bubbles come out of the nebulizer, they are so small that they look just like smoke. And that's the magic of a nebulizer.

The bubbles are so small that they can be inhaled deep down into the deepest regions of the lungs without any discomfort or irritation. It's a great way for asthmatics to get the medication they need to open up their lungs. But there is something else about nebulizers that I had never considered before until I treated this particular patient. It's an obvious thing, but then again, things are only obvious once you see them. I'm talking about the systemic effect of nebulizers. Let me explain.

When I asked the patient why she didn't use the nebulizer treatments as often as she was supposed to, she said it was because of the side effects. And then she said something that really struck me. "Dr. Shallenberger, when I take the drug in the nebulizer it makes me feel the side effects just as bad as when the doctors were giving me the same drug intravenously in the hospital. It is unbelievably strong, and it affects my whole body." You see, these tiny bubbles were not only delivering medicine to her lungs, they were also delivering the medicine to her entire body through her lungs. And they were delivering it in a way that was just as noticeable to her as when the same medication was given directly into her veins. And that's when I had the thought. Why not use the nebulizer delivery system to deliver treatments not just to the lungs but to the whole body?

So I went to work, and began administering hydrogen peroxide to my patients through a nebulizer instead of intravenously. The first patient I used it on was me. I wasn't sick at the time, but I just wanted to make sure that the mixture I used was the right concentration for the lungs. I found the treatment extremely easy to do, and very comfortable. It was just like breathing the purest air you could imagine, and it was in no way irritating.

And then I found my first guinea pig - my wife Judy. Judy learned long ago that one of the "blessings" of marrying me was that she would often have the privilege of being experimented on. And so when she developed the first symptoms of a flu, instead of immediately plugging her into a hydrogen peroxide IV, I had her use the nebulizer for ten minutes every waking hour. Actually, she was happy about this, because she has very small veins, and it is hard for the nurse to start IV's on her. Using the nebulizer treatment, she was able to get rid of the flu within 72 hours. I knew I was on to something, because IV hydrogen peroxide doesn't work much better than that. So I bought a dozen nebulizers and began offering the treatment to my patients.

Since then I have treated hundreds of cases of colds, flus, sinusitis, and bronchitis all with the same great results. And I found that the nebulizer treatments actually have an advantage over the IV therapy that I hadn't considered at first. And that is, that not only is the hydrogen peroxide being disseminated into the entire body through the lungs, it is also going directly to the areas of the body that are most affected by viruses - the sinuses, throat, bronchial tract, and lungs.

Dr. Shallenberger



Having had my attention called to this medicinal agent, while on a visit to New York, last September, I decided to give it a trial, and now report a few cases, of many, in which I have used it.

"The Peoroxide of Hydrogen, H2, 62, was discovered in 1818, by Thenard, a French chemist, by adding dilute acid to the peroxide of barium. It was introduced to the medical world by Dr. B. W. Richardson. It is an aqueous solution, in distilled water, of an-hydrous peroxide of hydrogen, H", O2.

According to the testimony of many French and German physicians and chemists, it is a very strong anti-putrid agent.

It is a colorless, transparent liquid, and does not decompose if kept in temperature not above 68°. It is claimed, by many, to have strong antiseptic properties, and to have a specially beneficial effect on all mucous membranes, purifying and cleansing secretions, and stimulating the membrane to healthy action. Therefore, it should be a valuable therapeutic agent in all cases where there is an unhealthy and excessive secretion, on mucous membranes.

In all my cases I have used a 15-volume solution C. P., for medicinal use, as prepared by Charles Marchand, of New York, and have diluted it one-half or two-thirds, as the case demanded, using the fluid in form of fine spray, by means of compressed air, as contained in Hygienic Air Receiver, made by the Standard Pump Manufacturing Company, of New York, and using pressure of fifty pounds to twenty pounds to square inch, with the "Sass. spray tubes." ,

Case 1.-Mrs. F. Consulted me October, 1887, about her throat and nose. Examination revealed chronic pharyngitis and rhinitis, of long standing, and with excessive secretion of unhealthy mucous and hardened lumps, causing her to continually hawk and clear the throat; the dropping in the throat also causing her to cough frequently.

On inspection, found pharynx covered with tenacious, glairy mucous, and the mucous membrane of the nostrils in the same condition.

Used hydrogen peroxide, 15-volume solution, diluted one half with Sassafras spray, and pressure of thirty pounds to square inch; throwing spray in throat, and also through both nostrils. Then applied a solution of tinct. iodine, one drachm; bromide potassium, twenty grains; glycerine six drachms, to the throat and posterior nares. This line of treatment was continued every other day for two weeks.

The improvement was rapid and marked, and the patient gained in flesh and strength, and was relieved of the hawking and dropping of the mucous in the throat.

Case 2.-Mrs. C. Consulted me October 15th, 1887. Had suffered with nasal and pharyngeal catarrh, so that she was constantly clearing throat and nose. Also troubled with deafness and ringing in the ears. Examination showed throat inflamed, mucous follieles enlarged, and hardened masses of greenish mucous behind soft palate. Used hydrogen peroxide, 15-volume solution, diluted one-third with spray, forty pounds to the square inch, to the throat and nose, thus cleansing membrane thoroughly, and then applied the solution of iodine, potash and glycerine. This treatment used every other day. Patient improved rapidly, and, in course of few weeks, was so much relieved that she discontinued treatment.

Case 3.-Mrs. K. Consulted me November 3d, 1887. Complained of cough and soreness of throat, with feverishness and loss of strength. Physical examination revealed marked deposit at apex of left lung, with tendency to softening. Throat much inflamed and irritable, causing her to cough constantly.

Used peroxide hydrogen, 15-volume solution, diluted one-half, with spray, under thirty pounds pressure to square inch; then applied a four per cent. Solution of muriate of cocaine, followed by the iodine, potash and glycerine solution.

The treatment relieved the throat very much, and, under it the cough diminished and appetite and strength improved. After four weeks, the throat was feeling so much better that the treatment was only given once or twice a week and patient has kept in good condition all Winter.

Case 4.-Mrs. P. Consulted me December 12th, 1887, complaining of cough, fever, weakness, and much pain and distress in the throat, causing pain in eating.

Examination revealed extensive deposit, in right lung, of catarrhal character, and evidences of softening. Throat much inflamed, and covered with glairy mucous, and very tender and irritable. Used hydrogen peroxide, 15-volumes, as spray, diluted one-half, with forty pounds pressure. Then applied four per cent solution of muriate of cocaine, followed by iodine and potash solution.

Each application gave much relief, and eased and lessened cough.

Condition of throat improved very much, and patient was thus kept from running down.

Case 5.-Mr. H. Consulted me January 5th, 1888. Complaining of cough, soreness of throat, and obliged to be continually clearing throat.

Examination revealed slight deposit at apex of right lung, with chronic pharyngitis, mucous follicles much enlarged, and tough mucous covering pharynx. Has used tobacco freely, smoking and chewing; also stimulants, but not at present.

Used hydrogen peroxide, 15-volume solution, diluted onehalf with spray, at forty pounds pressure, and applied iodine and potash solution. This treatment, continued every other day for one month, greatly relieved throat, and cough lessened and his condition much improved.

Case 6.-March 18th, 1888. Called to see Miss M., aged about thirteen years. Said to be sick with diptheria. Exam ination revealed well marked case of follicular inflammation of tonsils, with numerous white patches on each.

Used hydrogen peroxide, 15-volume solution, full strength, with hand spray, every few hours. Also applied glycozone, with absorbent cotton, to parts, every few hours. The next day all appearances of deposit had disappeared on one side, and nearly all on the other, rendering it unnecessary to see the patient again.

From the results obtained in the few cases I have mentioned, and many similar ones, I have been led to conclude that in peroxide of hydrogen we have a valuable remedy in all cases of diseases of mucous membranes, whether simple or the result of germs. I should also consider it to be useful in indolent ulcer and sores.

        I have always felt like I possessed a good Bull Shit meter in my adult life.   It has served me well and this skill must be continually honed to prosper in the horse racing business.  This is why far too many owners drop out of the sport in disgust.  They invariably fall for the razzmatazz of charlatans, souring on the business, never to return.  I have seen this happen time and again.  One has to know what BS looks like, how it smells and what type of people are most likely to spout it.  I have learned my lessons well while racing!  I have found there is an equal amount of BS in the medical world.

        In fact, the healing business  may be more treacherous in that there are a number of governing bodies maybe better described as labor trade unions along with product protection bureaus that muck up the truth, often masquerading authority and public safety as the "only" truth. The word "quack" is easily thrown out at anyone that disagrees with these people.  One of my favorite quotations was said by Tolstoy:

 ". . . know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread into the fabric of their lives."

 I am going to be charitable and hope that this is the reason why there is so much strife and jealousy that clouds the truth in medicine--an ego thing which we all suffer from to some extent.   I really believe that few men and women dedicating themselves to life as healers can really be that interested in power and money over the passion of true healing.  I may be wrong?  On the other side of the coin, there is an equal segment that seems to also mirror the ones currently  in power.   They market alternative remedies at exorbitant prices equal to the most expensive main stream pharmaceuticals, selling them to people grasping for last vestiges of hope of any kind.  They write in obscure technical terms, often using scientific citations to some how document their legitimacy.  More over, they never describe what exactly  is in their products. I loathe both sides.

        The use of Hydrogen peroxide (H202)  has created a lot of quacks since it was first used as a medicinal over 100 years ago!  It is still condemned as a compound of very limited value, if not outright harmful by the established medical bodies that we live under.  They will warn all of us to stay away from Hydrogen peroxide! Even the time honored practice of pouring drugstore over-the-counter 3% H202 is discouraged as detrimental to healing.  It goes without saying that H202  Intravenous and other treatment modalities are equally discouraged. Thanks to a few medical renegades,  their published work, and the Internet, the truth of hydrogen peroxide is still well appreciated.  Dr. Charles Farr MD, the so called "father of oxidative therapy" will be the man I intensively use as a well of knowledge.  If you do a search on him,  you will quickly find that many think he is a quack, a MD that went wrong opening his patients up to much harm. However, they never talk about what patients he killed or exactly who was harmed or how.  They speak of how Hydrogen Peroxide use
: " . . . has resulted in predictable, catastrophic complications: arterial and venous gas emboli, emphysema, respiratory arrest, strokes, multiple cerebral infarcts, seizures, colonic ulcers, intestinal gangrene, acute hemolytic crises, shock, cardiac arrest, and death."   

They also give examples of more current MDs which have been brought up on charges of death and destruction, but in such cases,  the complex history of the patient is never analyzed or discussed to how it actually relates to their death. It is much easier to simply declare H202 was the cause and leave it at that.   More over, they condemn all MDs that give it and demonize Charles Farr.  You have to be your own judge.   As I said, I have a good BS meter and I can tell if there is a aura of truth in a person. How much he charges is one tip-off, how he conducts his practice, and how he broadcasts his knowledge yet another.   To me, Dr. Charles Farr passes all BS tests.  Lastly, as a final clue to the value of hydrogen peroxide, just know without it being naturally synthesized and utilized by our immune system, we would be very much dead. That should tell you something about how valuable Hydrogen peroxide is to our well being and how the scare tactics of the medical establishment is way off base!

Hydrogen Peroxide Injectable