IV therapy has been shown to support the immune system, increase daily energy, boost cognitive ability, reduce inflammation, support adrenal function and replenish nutrient deficiencies. At AIM, as well as our sister-clinic, Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, we've used IV vitamin C therapy to aid in the effectiveness and reduce the side effects from surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Occasionally, IV therapy is recommended as an alternative cancer treatment.
Here are some instances where IV therapy has proven useful:
For people who have just had surgery:
IV therapy increases wound healing, increases collagen production (muscle and skin fibers) and may reduce the risk of post-surgical infections. IV therapy may also be recommended if you have already had surgery, but are having a difficult time healing.
For people who are undergoing, or have undergone chemotherapy:
IV therapy reduces side effects, particularly fatigue, and may increase the efficacy of certain chemotherapies.
For people who are undergoing, or have undergone radiation:
IV therapy reduces fatigue associated with radiation therapy. By replenishing the tissue with vitamin C in between therapies, there might be an increase in radiation effectiveness.
As an alternative cancer therapy:
IV therapy may be effective at keeping the tumor at its current location and reducing metastatic spread; it may also be effective at reducing tumor size. IV vitamin C possibly kills cancer cells by increasing hydrogen peroxide either in the tumor or in the tissues immediately adjacent to the tumor/cancer cells which effectively causes tumor lysis or death. IV vitamin C therapy may also increase immune activity so that the competent immune cells can go and kill cancer cells.
Other Common IV Nutrients:
B5 (dexpanthenol) - supports the adrenals in producing steroid hormones, supports healthy cholesterol levels, and aids in the synthesis of coenzyme A in fatty acid synthesis. B5 is required for carbohydrate metabolism, fat and protein synthesis, and it helps the body to make ATP (energy).
B6 (pyridoxine HCI) - B6 is a co-factor for over 100 enzymes, B6 aids in protein and fatty acid metabolism, red blood cell (RBC) formation, and helps with the productions of DNA and RNA. B6 is needed for GABA production, amino acid formation, female hormone production, tryptophan, histamine, and B3 formation. It also helps to lower homocysteine.
B Complex 100 - B complex 100 is a combination of thiamine (B1), riboflavin 5’phosphate sodium (B2), pyridoxine HCl (B6), dexpanthenol (B5), and niacinamide (B3). Can help with many cellular processes, energy productions, and support the immune system and nervous system.