Exercise With Oxygen Training (EWOT)

EWOT was developed by ‘Dr Manfred van Aarden’ in the 1990’s and is now a widely accepted practice and currently used in more than 300 medical institutions worldwide. It is very new to South Africa and not well known, however medical research has shown how EWOT changes people’s lives by helping avert age related diseases such as cardio vascular disease, arthritis and cancer. It is based on the fact that with increasing age, cellular energy is more limited by the oxygen supply than by nutrient supply.

EWOT is effective for:


Balancing O2 levels in the lungs, which have deteriorated by old age and stress


Early stage cataract, glaucoma, loss of field of vision, impaired focus




Peripheral circulation disorders in extremities


Circulation disorders of old age, senile diabetes




Accelerates any rehabilitation program


Lasting increase in physical performance capacity


Defense stimulation (Immune stimulation) especially after classical cancer treatment that uses radiation and chemotherapy


Reverse diabetic retinopathy, strokes, burns, and stress



In short, it is very effective for managing and curing chronic disease due to the higher levels of oxygen which are used.

EWOT (exer­cise with oxy­gen ther­a­py) is a method of breath­ing high­er lev­els of oxy­gen dur­ing exer­cise in order to increase the amount of oxy­gen in your blood plas­ma.

EWOT can pro­duce many desired effects in as lit­tle as 15 min­utes, a few times a week.

When you deliv­er and uti­lize more oxy­gen to your cells you:


Increase ener­gy levels and metabolism


Expe­ri­ence improve­ment in tis­sue and organ func­tion


Stim­u­late your immune sys­tem, reduc­ing the prob­a­bil­i­ty of future ill­ness


Reduce inflam­ma­tion in the body, start­ing with the vas­cu­lar sys­tem and joints


Pro­duce the ener­gy of youth, improving short-term health and longevi­ty

By allowing your heart rate to reach a target level needed for initiating super oxygen delivery, your body goes through a re-sat­u­ra­tion process. This process deliv­ers super-oxy­genat­ed blood to the tis­sues and all major organs of the body.

The benefits include:


Preventing of age related disease such as cancer, cataracts, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic fatigue


Recovery from stress related diseases such as insomnia, cognitive decline, depression, obesity, Alzheimer’s, asthma, blood pressure, heart attacks, cholesterol, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome


The slowing down of the ageing process


Recovery from jetlag


Stimulation of the immune system


Weight loss

Is EWOT good for stress and insomnia symptoms?

Absolutely, it helps act as an anti-inflammatory and reduces the body’s excessive release of stress hormones. It is very effective when used in corporate wellness programmes.

Is EWOT easy to do?

Yes, as each patient is taken and trained according to their current health status. The boost of oxygen allows changes to be seen in as little as 1-3 sessions.

If I am sick and on chronic medication can I still do EWOT?

Yes, the doctor will assess you prior to prescribing a course of treatment. At the same time during the treatment you will be constantly monitored using a pulse oximeter and other metrics including pulse and oxygen saturation.

How many sessions of EWOT do I need?

That all depends on what you are wanting to achieve with the EWOT sessions. We usually recommend buying a package of sessions and doing a 3 month programme to reverse chronic disease such as cancers, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, chronic fatigue etc.

Does EWOT improve athletic performance?

Yes it does, it improves endurance, and fitness from the first session. It can be used to get into peak physical condition for a specific sporting event, i.e. half marathon or a cycle tour.

EWOT for athletes

EWOT is used by world class athletes, and improves physiological performance with its anti-inflammatory mechanism, especially when combined with our adaptive, contrast EWOT protocol. It reduces injury recovery times and extends the professional athletes ‘sell by date’.

Professional athletes who use EWOT include Michael Phelps and Dana Tores (US Olympic swimmer.) NFL football players have also been known to use it.

Benefits Include:

  • Increased oxygen saturation for delayed onset of muscle soreness.
  • Increased production of the body’s natural hormone levels to increase muscle mass i.e. testosterone.

What my patients say:

We (myself and children) have visited Dr de Pontes a number of times over the last few years since moving to the lowveld. He has been phenomenal every time. He always gets to the source of the issue instead of just treating the symptoms. He has his patients best interests at heart, assessing every emotional, mental and physical aspect so that the solutions are that of an overall holistic betterment. He has been a true support in our journey to wellness.


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