Intravenous or ‘IV’ means giving something directly into the blood stream of the body through a vein. Sydney Doctors offer various IV infusions such as Iron, Vitamin C & Glutathione.
Iron infusions are usually prescribed by doctors to treat iron deficiency anaemia.
Iron deficiency anaemia is typically treated with dietary changes and iron supplements that you take in pill or liquid form. In some cases, doctors may recommend iron infusions.
You may require an IV infusion if you are:
- Unable to tolerate iron taken by mouth
- Unable to absorb iron through the gut
- Unable to absorb enough iron due to the amount of blood that the body is losing
- In need of a rapid increase in iron levels to avoid complications or a blood transfusion
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It is a powerful antioxidant (free radical scavenger).
It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning it can’t be produced by the body.
Although considered by the medical community to be an unconventional treatment, IV Vitamin C has been given in high doses to many thousands of people in many countries over the last forty years. Clinical experience has shown that IV vitamin C can be useful in the following situations:
- chronic fatigue
- viral infections such as influenza, the common cold, glandular fever and shingles
- bacterial infections such as cellulitis (a common skin infection)
- for people who are feeling “run-down” because they are working long hours or doing a lot of travelling, and who would like an “energy boost”
- to boost the immune system in people who are suffering from frequent infections, particularly viral upper respiratory infections & cancer
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants and is used to counteract the damage caused by oxidative stress.
Glutathione works in skin whitening by:
- Converting the eumelanin(which gives the skin dark colour) to phaeomelanin
- Inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase which is responsible for melanin production
- Anti-oxidant action
Glutathione infusions have become increasingly popular.
The best results are obtained when:
- The infusions are given with co-factors: vitamins & minerals
- Glutathione is administered in the right dosage (600-1200mg) per session
- A number of 6-10 sessions are given weekly or fortnightly