2016 Airnergy Professional Plus Machine and Airnergy Professional Machine Review:
In our opinion, this is a sleek machine delivering the powerful Activated Oxygen through of 3 (Professional) and 4 (Professional Plus) Activation Chambers, each containing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and a catalyst. The number of LEDs in each chamber is a closely guarded secret as is the formulation of the catalyst. In simple terms, the normal air is drawn in through the back of the machine, either through an air filter attached to the inlet valve, or without the air filter, by a powerful air pump, and passed through the first two Activation Chambers where the Oxygen in the air is Activated via the LEDs and Catalyst. Once Activated, the air is then passed through a glass bottle containing water, so the Oxygen becomes humidified. The humidification process makes for a smoother and easier absorption through the lungs and into the blood stream. Finally the humidified Oxygen is the passed through the second 2 Activation Chambers in the case of the Professional Plus or the 3rd Chamber in the case of a Professional, where once again it undergoes further Activation, and is then passed out of the machine via a nozzle at the front of the machine, to which a nasal cannula attached. The Activated Oxygen is breathed in, via the Cannula, connected to the patient’s nose. It is possible to place a glass aromatherapy bottle containing preferred therapeutic essential oils, between the machine and the cannula to enhance the experience.
The main control features centre around the session timing buttons, and the intensity button. Firstly the ‘Intensity’, this button regulates the number of LEDs lit in each of the Chambers, there is a choice of 50%, 75% or 100% of the lights Activated. Needless to say the more lights you have lit, the more intense the Activated Oxygen Therapy received. It is not possible to regulate the intensity of the catalyst. The session timing buttons are simply used to increase or decrease the length of the session (minutes). By using the combination of these two buttons, the appropriate ‘strength’ of therapy can be achieved for the individual.
As the air flow is directed through the glass sparkler and the water bottle, if you are using an air filter on the back of the machine (recommended), you can drink the water in the bottle after each session, as the water contains Activated Oxygen which has health benefits in its own right and adds to the therapeutic power of the session. If you’re not using air filters inserted into the back of the machine, it is not advisable to drink this water, as the water in the glass bottle will be acting as the air filter, and likely contain particles of airborne dust sucked into the machine from the surrounding vicinity. It is worth noting that the on board software is set up to request a new air filter be inserted every 50 hours, meaning that you have to purchase a new set of air filters (2 pack) every 100 hours, so this is an extra ongoing cost to consider. We do recommend the use of air filters if you live in a particularly dusty environment or have pets, which may moult and leave animal hairs floating in the room’s atmosphere where the machine is kept.
In our opinion, the most vulnerable part of the machine is the glass sparkler, which is inserted into the glass bottle containing water, and whose tubing is attached to the machine to direct the flow of the air. The diffuser, which is at the bottom of the glass sparkler’s stalk has a tendency to snap off if the glass sparkler is not pulled out of the glass water bottle straight, as the diffuser gets caught on the lip of the glass bottle. This can then leave splinters of glass in the bottle, if not noticed by the owner, which is obviously a danger to users. It is therefore important to check the glass sparkler is intact prior to each session. Glass sparklers are not cheap to replace, costing around £70.00 (Inc. Package and Posting). Also, regarding the glass sparkler we recommend that you do not detach the plastic nozzle, which fits onto the machine, from the plastic tubes that lead up to the glass sparkler crown. If you do this, for whatever reason, and then inadvertently replace the nozzle the wrong way round, you’ll find that the machine sucks the water in the glass bottle into the final two Activation Chambers, and blows it out of the machine up the cannula towards your nose.
One issue that does arise because of the humidification of the active air is that water, overtime, collects in the nasal cannulae being used to deliver the Activated Oxygen to the nose. A number of aspects impact the amount of water that collects in the cannulae. The ambient temperature of the air in the room that is sucked into the machine, and what the increase in temperature is as it flows through the machine, through the humidification process, and back out of the machine through the nasal cannula. Where the temperature change is significant, it can cause excess of water to collect over time in the tube, which gradually ascends up the tube, pushed by the Activated Oxygen Air flow towards the nose. Depending on how you feel about this prospect, you should be prepared to change the cannula every three to four weeks with normal use of the machine. With some clients, we have noticed, where there is excessive use of the machine, then the water collection in the cannula is significant increased. Also if you are wearing the cannula and breathing Activated Oxygen in through the nose, though also breathing out through the nose, this will also significantly increase the amount of water collecting in the tube. Where at all possible it is advisable to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
The machine has a sleep mode. This mode, on new machines, activates a small blue light on the front of the machine. This can be annoying to some, if for instance, the machine is sited in the bedroom next to where you sleep. The blue glow can be annoying if you are not used to it and need complete darkness to sleep. We suggest that you unplug the machine from the wall.
If you choose to leave the water in the bottle for long period, then over time, there will be a furring up of the water bottle and the diffuser part of the glass sparkler. This takes different lengths of time depending on what type of water you are using in the glass bottle. If you use normal tap water, this will fur up the bottle and diffuser quite quickly, compared to using distilled water, which contains no additives. Using still mineral water or spring water can delay the furring process. We have found that a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with a good amount of warm water in the glass bottle, with the glass element inserted into it and left for 24 hours, will dissolve any furring. A very dilute apple cider vinegar and water solution swilled round the bottle (and rinsed very well afterwards) is also the best method of regular cleaning of the bottle that we have so far found.
The Activation technology is basically the same since it was invented and has not changed. There have been some cosmetic tweaks along the way, for instance the casing design was changed in 2010 because the old casing tended to fade and discolour in direct sunlight, though the new casing now tends to crack around the upper lip of the machine if placed in direct sunlight. The air filter design was changed in 2014, (reason unknown, though does not seem to add anything significant to the user experience). The added air filter for the new Vital Air machines now allows you to drink the Activated Water that the Activated Oxygen has passed through, so this is no longer a sole advantage of the Airnergy machines. In 2012 the clip to which the glass sparkler nozzle is attached to direct the air flow through the glass bottle containing water, was changed as it was identified as particularly difficult to undo, as you needed to hold a metal clip in with one hand and squeeze the butterfly wings on the plastic nozzle to remove the nozzle and tubing attached to the glass sparkler. This was particularly difficult for people lacking strength in their hands and finger. Now you can simply press the nozzle firmly into the hole, though you still need to have a firm grip to pull it out.
There is a comprehensive user manual that explains everything you need to know, except for a couple of important details such as how to work out how many hours of operation you have clocked up, and how best to start your regime on the machine (the manual recommends everyone should use the device for 21 minutes daily, though in our experience, this may be too powerful for some people initially – and for others will not be long enough to start to see benefits).
As with Vital Air, the same ‘acclimatisation principles’ apply when using Airnergy. We feel it is very important for everyone to acclimatise themselves to this therapy, which is very different from traditional Oxygen therapies which simply ‘push’ more Oxygen into the body. We feel everyone should start off very gently, building up slowly to the 21 minutes per day recommended by Airnergy AG (Airnergy Manufacturers) and then increasing as appropriate to the individual. We have heard tales of users being told to increase the intensity or duration of treatment in the early stages of use by the Airnergy UK distributor – and to just ‘bear with it’ when symptoms are experienced. If you proceed with Activated Oxygen Therapy in this way, like the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop’, you may experience headaches or nausea, a ‘muzzy head’, drowsiness or tingling in the extremities (fingers and toes) or disruption in sleep patterns in the initial stages, as the body begins to recognise the Activated Oxygen yet finds it too ‘powerful’ to respond to without a significant detoxification / ‘healing’ reaction. On a positive note, these ‘healing’ symptoms show that your body is reactive and responsive to this therapy, though in the initial acclimatisation stages, this can be quite off putting if not expected. Also, although for many people ‘pushing through’ may be the preferred modus operandi, for some individuals with chronic illnesses such as M.E. / CFS / MS, it is imperative to minimise these detoxification / healing reactions since they themselves can delay recovery within these particularly sensitive and overloaded body systems. If you do experience such reactions, then we recommend that you drop back on the intensity and session length until such time as the reactions disappear, and then slowly build back up again. (as part of our rental package we offer regular support ‘check-in’ sessions to ensure we can minimise any healing reactions and manage your therapy appropriately).
Servicing is important with these machines, though it depends on how often you use the machine as to how quickly servicing time comes round. The machine is programmed to require a complete service after 2000 hours of use. So if you do the maths, you can work out that if you stick to two 21 minutes per day, its going to be 7.72 years before you need to spend somewhere in the region of £400.00 for a full service and system reset. The machine must be returned to Germany for servicing as this can only be performed by the manufacturer Airnergy AG. (Please contact us to arrange your Airnergy service).
And one last thing, at the end of each session, once the actual Activated Oxygen Therapy is finished, the Airnergy machine seems to continue going for another minute – during this time it is blowing through the system and nasal cannula to dry the tubing – so basically pushing through the final parts of Activated Oxygen that have been produced – so it is best to stay attached to the machine during this process to get the most out of your session and also to minimise the condensation production in the nasal tubing. (The Vital Air machines simply ‘end’ the session without this blow through).