She’s been health conscious ever since she was a teenager.
And on Tuesday, Petra Ecclestone tried out controversial Ozone therapy – which is typically where blood is extracted, combined with Ozone gas and reinjected into the body – in a bid to ‘feel herself.’
The Formula 1 heiress, 33, took to her Instagram Stories where she shared a snap of herself undergoing the procedure.
Controversial: On Tuesday, Petra Ecclestone, 33, tried out controversial Ozone therapy in a bid to ‘feel herself’
Posting a selfie holding a blue tube into her ear, Petra told her followers: ‘Today I am trying Ozone therapy.’
The snap could indicate that she was having Auricular Insufflation – a form of ozone therapy uses medical-grade ozone gas which is introduced into the ear canal using a specialized tool.
The mother-of-four then also shared a shot of herself lying down on a therapy bed, with her body covered in red and black pads.
Petra wrote alongside the photograph: ‘When you’re willing to give anything a try to feel yourself.’
‘Willing to give anything a try!’ The Formula 1 heiress took to her Instagram Stories where she shared snap of herself undergoing the procedure
Controversial: Ozone therapy is typically where blood is extracted, combined with Ozone gas and reinjected into the body (stock image)
According to Healthline: ‘Ozone therapy refers to the process of administering ozone gas into your body to treat a disease or wound. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three atoms of oxygen (O3).
‘In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that ozone is toxic and has no proven medical applications.
‘Still, some research has found that ozone may be used to treat medical conditions by stimulating the immune system. It may also be used for disinfection and to treat a range of diseases.’
According to Medical News Today: ‘For some procedures, a practitioner will mix a person’s blood with ozone and reinject it. This is a process known as autohemotherapy. Scientific studies have not proven the safety of this procedure.’
Family: Petra welcomed her youngest child, Minnie, with fiancé Sam Palmer in April last year, and shares Lavinia, nine, and twins James and Andrew, six, with ex-husband James Stunt
Petra welcomed her youngest child, Minnie, with fiancé Sam Palmer in April last year, and shares nine-year-old Lavinia, and twins James and Andrew, six, with ex-husband James Stunt.
Petra has been incredibly health conscious ever since she developed viral meningitis, was hospitalised for a week and left bedbound for a month back in September 2005, aged just 14.
Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria or a virus. The meninges can become inflamed, and if it is not treated it can lead to permanent brain and nerve damage.
Health history: Petra previously told that her immune system struggled as a result of fighting meningitis aged 14 and made her turn to vitamins and acupuncture (Pictured in 2005, three months before developing meningitis)
Petra previously told MailOnline that her immune system struggled as a result of fighting off the illness and made her turn to vitamins and acupuncture.
She said: ‘I also suddenly started to catch every bug going. I tried to fight back with high-strength multi-vitamins and extra Vitamin C and zinc for an immunity boost but it was acupuncture that made the real difference in getting me on my toes again.’
Speaking about her experience, Petra said: ‘Before getting meningitis, I was such a hypochondriac, worrying about the slightest ache.
‘Ironically, I overlooked meningitis because the symptoms seemed like flu. I guess you don’t realise how healthy you are until it is taken away from you.’