Intravenous Vitamin Therapy (IVC)
We need to replenish our water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins B and C daily. While we can get these vitamins from various fruits and vegetables, many of us don’t always consume enough on a daily basis. On top of that, many factors in our environment today deplete our body’s supply. These include smoking, alcohol, caffeine, cooking, eating produce that is not fresh, and stress.
Vitamin C helps the body recover from inflammation, thrombosis and ischemic damage. It is essential for healing and plays a profound role in heart and brain functions and our immune system. Our daily requirements for optimal function when in good health, has been estimated to be between 2000-4000mg. During illness or disease, we need more Vitamin C to speed up the healing process.
While you can increase your vitamin intake by eating more of certain foods e.g. citrus fruits and vegetables, or by taking oral supplements, there is a limit to how much you can consume before experiencing digestive disturbances. Often the amount of nutrients absorbed through the gut is less than ideal, due to various digestive problems. One way to ensure we get a large dose of Vitamin C is to have it injected straight into our system through the veins. This is referred to as intravenous (IV) therapy.
Vitamin C in intravenous dosage is helpful when fighting acute and chronic infections, fatigue, pre and post surgery and to generally boost the immune system while undergoing cancer therapies.
Conditions that may benefit from IV Vitamin C Therapy
AIDS, Allergies, Bacterial and Viral infections, Bronchitis, Cancer, Candida Albicans, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Common cold, Diabetes, Glandular Fever, Heart Disease, Hepatitis A, B or C, Herpes, Low Immunity, Post operative
Pneumonia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shingles, Ulcers or Wounds, Upper respiratory infections
How does it work?
Vitamin C in a solution (made up of saline or glucose or a combination of both) can be injected either quickly using straight pushes, or more slowly using a drip. With an infusion lasting 5-20 minutes, you can inject doses ranging from 6.25g to 22.5g, while the drips could potentially transfuse up to 100g of Vitamin C in a 30-minute to 2-hour session. The body will not actually hold onto such large doses of Vitamin C; however the goal is to super-saturate tissues with high levels. The excess is excreted in our urine, so it’s important to drink water. Tissue saturation cannot be achieved without intravenous dosage.
Vitamin B complex, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Trace Elements are often added to Vitamin C solution. These also boost the body’s ability to deal with illness/disease and also prevent the Vitamin C irritating the vein. The combined effect of the Vitamin C and B injections is a rapid improvement in energy.
Occasionally B vitamins or minerals will be omitted if a person has a sensitivity to them.
How many treatments you will need depends on your condition. Single pushes or drips are recommended for acute flare ups (like colds or viral gastroenteritis) while more are required for chronic conditions requiring long-term management.
Are IV treatments safe?
Yes. All our intravenous treatments are carried out by fully qualified staff under the direction of our doctors . All equipment is used straight from the sterile packet, and discarded after use.
Are there any side effects?
Large doses of Vitamin C tend to drop your blood sugar level. This is characterised by tiredness, nausea and feeling light-headed. It is therefore important to eat a good meal before your treatment. You may also like to bring a snack with you. Any drop in sugar level is easily rectified by eating food that contains carbohydrate, or by a glucose drink. Vitamin C may also make you thirsty.
The B vitamins sometimes cause a warm flush of the face. This is harmless and temporary. Occasionally some people show hypersensitivity to these or to minerals intravenously, so these have to be omitted.
High dose Vitamin C has been used a lot around the world with no other problems. Despite popular medical opinion, Vitamin C does not cause kidney stones.
The cost of IV treatments depends on various factors such as the dose of vitamins and the method of administration. Keep in mind that the costs must cover the regulated IV Vitamins, Nursing, Room, Equipment and other staff costs. As you can imagine, these costs are significant. It’s best to check with the reception team for the current rates.
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