Intravenous Supportive Therapies
Intravenous supportive therapy, also known as IV therapy, is the direct delivery of fluids, nutrients, and medications into the bloodstream through a vein.
This treatment method can be administered intermittently or continuously. Continuous administration is called intravenous drip.
The goal of intravenous support therapy is to ensure that cellular functions are performed properly. Two of the most common intravenous treatment methods are glutathione and vitamin C.
What Is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a molecule that is naturally found in the body. It is made up of three amino acids: glutamate, cysteine, and glycine. Glutathione is also one of the most important antioxidants produced in the body.
The level of glutathione in the body can decrease for a variety of reasons, including:
- Alcohol and smoking,
- Use of certain medications,
- Exposure to toxins,
- Poor diet,
- Various environmental factors.
When the level of glutathione decreases due to these reasons, glutathione intravenous support therapy can be used for the following purposes:
- Reduce the effects of aging,
- Prevent diseases,
- Stay healthy,
- Strengthen the immune system,
- Control chronic inflammation,
- Chronic fatigue syndrome,
- Degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, stroke, MS, ALS, and Alzheimer’s,
- Diabetes and insulin resistance.
In addition to all of these, glutathione therapy can also be used as a supportive treatment to help patients recover faster after chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as a sports supplement to improve muscle performance, for psoriasis, acne, skin blemishes and wrinkles, or skin diseases.
How Is Glutathione Treatment Applied?
Vitamin or mineral supplements are effective to some extent when taken orally. No matter how healthy a person’s intestinal flora is, only 30 per cent of the minerals and vitamins taken from the intestines are absorbed.
At the same time, a number of side effects, especially nausea, gastritis or diarrhoea, may develop. Therefore, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids that need to be given to the body during glutathione therapy are given intravenously.
It is much easier for the supplements given in this way to reach the cells. The application can usually be performed in 6 sessions and 1 or 2 times a week. The treatment process is planned to last for 6 weeks, taking into account the demands of the patients.
After the six-session treatment is completed, patients can start a new session. In this method, which can be applied for a lifetime, positive results begin to be seen at the end of the 2nd or 6th session.
Glutathione is administered painlessly intravenously by nurses experienced in this field. The application time is between 10 and 15 minutes on average. It can be preferred by people who work at a stressful pace, by patients who cannot get results with medical treatments, by athletes who do sports that require performance, or by every individual who wants to live a healthy life.
Of course, a doctor’s examination is required before treatment. As a matter of fact, the dose to be applied is also determined by the doctor. Patients actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and children cannot receive glutathione treatment. For children, an application can be performed under the supervision of a doctor in certain diseases.
High Dose Vitamin C Treatment
When vitamin C begins to be deficient in the human body, this situation brings with it various diseases and symptoms. For example, thinning or loss of hair, arteriosclerosis, gum diseases, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome and weakening of the immune system are some of the diseases that may occur. Symptoms that may occur when vitamin C is deficient in the body are as follows:
- Bleeding gums,
- Slow healing of wounds,
- Anaemia due to iron deficiency,
- Weight gain,
- Bruising occurs very quickly on the body,
- Formation of spots on the skin,
- The appearance of pain, swelling or deformity in the joints.
After these symptoms occur, vitamin C supplementation may be recommended after the necessary doctor controls. Vitamin C, known as ascorbic acid, is not produced by the body.
Therefore, it must be taken from outside. This vitamin is produced from glucose in a special laboratory environment. When vitamin C, which is largely obtained from certain fruits and vegetables, begins to be deficient in the body, this is usually due to irregular eating habits.
High-dose injections of vitamin C are given intravenously for 5 weeks. In this way, infectious diseases can be treated and the immune system is strengthened at the same time.
It can be applied during glutathione therapy and in combination with ozone therapy. The benefits that can be seen after treatment can be listed as follows:
- The immune system is strengthened,
- Collagen production increases and thus skin health is also protected,
- On the one hand, it helps prevent cancer, on the other hand, it increases the effect of drugs used in cancer treatment,
- It reduces the possibility of diseases such as paralysis,
- Helps wounds to heal faster,
- It provides an increase in physical strength.
Both glutathione and vitamin C injections should definitely be carried out with the advice of a doctor and under the supervision of a doctor. It is important for doctors to perform various tests, especially blood tests, to determine the body’s needs and to make a definitive diagnosis.