What Can IV Therapy Be Used For?
Chronic fatigue unrelieved by rest can be devastating to patients. A number of conditions can cause chronic fatigue, including stress, hormone imbalance, chronic infection and a poor diet.
Intravenous therapy for fatigue can include a number of differing treatments specifically determined at consultation as appropriate for the individual condition.
Performance and endurance athletes commonly turn to IV therapy as a way to enhance their training and recovery abilities. Because vitamins and minerals are so essential to a properly and efficiently functioning metabolism and aid in tissue repair and regeneration, IV therapy can play an influential role in aiding the body. Requirements and benefits are discussed in consultation before treatment.
Frequent colds or flu or slow recovery from mild infections can result from chronic stress or other illness. This may be due to a depressed immune system. IV nutrient therapy can be a useful way and proven method to boost the body’s immune system.
Recovery and Healing After Surgery
Fast and proper healing is vital for patients who have undergone surgery of all kinds especially if preceded by illness. To achieve this, however, patients need a healthy immune system and IV vitamin therapy is especially good at providing the necessary nutrients in optimal doses to patients who are healing from surgery of many kinds.
What are the benefits of Vitamin supplements Infusions?
Vitamin and mineral supplement infusions:
Are a powerful immune system booster, have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-histamine properties, help the body recover from inflammation, injury, infection and fatigue, aid in post-surgical healing.
Play a profound role in cellular metabolism as well as in our body’s immune system.
Increasing your vitamin intake by eating more of certain foods or by taking oral supplements can lead to a healthier lifestyle, however higher doses of the required vitamins and minerals can only be provided by intravenous doses directly into the bloodstream.
How is Intravenous Vitamin Therapy done?
Medically prescribed Intravenous Therapy (IV) supplements are delivered through a sterile fluid drip via a sterile cannula inserted into a vein in the arm and administered by trained nurses:
- Minimal side effects
- Patient relaxes in a comfortable recliner chair
- The fluid is painlessly and slowly infused over 45-50 minutes
- Patients leave the clinic feeling well with no after effects.
Which Vitamins are included in the drip?
Treatment is prescribed to meet your individual needs and can offer a range of vitamin and nutrients. The exact optimal combination will be determined at the time of consultation. They may include the following.
Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is widely used by integrative medical practitioners and complementary medicine therapists worldwide. IVC is safe and generally well tolerated, although some patients may experience transient mild side effects during or after IVC infusions.
Extensive research has demonstrated that very high dose Vitamin C is attainable only by intravenous administration, producing up to 100x the maximal plasma level attainable with oral dosing.
The result is a potent intracellular healing power and stimulation of immune response and enhancement of therapeutic effect of many chemotherapy drugs with reduction in general side effects and improved tolerance.
Additional intravenous vitamins may be necessary to counteract the rapid depletion induced by the accelerated cellular metabolism during high Vitamin C doses.
Glutathione has many intracellular functions:
- major antioxidant produced by the cells
- plays an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the skin
- involved in neutralization of destructive free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds
- maintains antioxidants such as vitamins C and E in their reduced (active) forms
- regulation of the nitric oxide cycle which is critical for life, but can be problematic if unregulate
- used in many metabolic and biochemical reactions e.g. DNA synthesis and repair and protein synthesis
- plays vital role in iron metabolism, prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport and enzyme activation.
Every system in the body can be affected by the state of the glutathione availability especially :
- the immune system
- the nervous system
- the gastrointestinal system
and the lungs
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Lipoic acid is present in many foods, but slightly more so in kidney, heart, liver, spinach, broccoli, and yeast extract. Naturally occurring ALA is always chemically bound and not readily available from dietary sources.
- amount of lipoic acid present in dietary sources is very low.
- two of these are in the citric acid cycle through which help cells turn nutrients into energy.
- therapeutic and anti-aging effects due to gene transcription
- improves the antioxidant status of the cell
- aids scavenging activity for products of neutrophils that cause inflammation and tissue damage
- may function like a B-vitamin and at higher doses induces detoxification enzymes, thus acting as cyto-protective agent
- induces stress response which indirectly improves the antioxidant capacity of the cell
In Japan, ALA is marketed primarily as a "weight loss" and "energy" supplement
In Germany, ALA is approved as a drug against diabetes complications since 1966 and is available by prescription
For peripheral diabetic neuropathy, intravenous administration of alpha lipoic acid leads to a short-term improvement
Vitamin B mix
Intravenous vitamin B is necessary to counteract the rapid depletion of B vitamins by the accelerated cellular metabolism induced with high Vitamin C doses