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IV Nutritional Therapies for Lupus Patients

Posted by Lydian Shipp | Jun 04, 2021


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Nutritional deficiency plays a significant role in chronic autoimmune disorders such as lupus, and thus, there are a few different IV nutritional therapies that a person with lupus could get to help reduce symptoms and cure the disease. Here are some IV nutritional therapies that would specifically benefit a lupus patient: 

  • Intravenous Vitamin C - Vitamin C is an important nutrient that can bring down inflammation and improve proper immune function (as most of us know). The body can only absorb 6000mg of vitamin C each day when it is taken orally, but when taken intravenously it’s much easier for the body to absorb and use higher quantities of the vitamin (meaning that IV vitamin C is more effective if you are trying to receive a high-dose vitamin C treatment).
  • Myer’s Cocktail IV - The Myer’s Cocktail varies from facility to facility, but the vast majority of mixes contain vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins), magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C. It is a powerful detoxifier.
  • Curcumin IV - Curcumin is a component of turmeric, a yellow-orange spice used frequently in the medicine and cuisine of India. Curcumin can be administered as an IV treatment. It helps reduce inflammation and improve immunity.
  • Intravenous Glutathione - Glutathione is an antioxidant that specifically works to detoxify and strengthen the liver.
  • Intravenous Vitamin D - Although less common, IV therapy to correct vitamin D deficiency does exist. Because of the strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and lupus, this can be a particularly valuable treatment.

Most people will be eligible to receive intravenous IV therapies. Lupus patients will benefit from receiving nutritional therapies in this way because IV therapies work quickly to correct deficiencies. The majority of the time, when a nutrient is introduced directly into the bloodstream it will be more bioavailable, meaning that the body will be able to use it more effectively. In the case of a chronic disease this is particularly positive because it means that the patient will be able to recover more quickly.

IV therapy may be administered in a doctor’s office, an alternative medicine clinic, or by a private group that employs nurses or other professionals who administer the therapy. The treatments last anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours (give or take). IV therapy is often a pleasant experience, and lots of patients who receive this treatment report feeling invigorated and less symptomatic shortly after receiving the IV nutrients. Treatments may be completed once or multiple times, and one or multiple types of IV therapy may be administered during one session depending on the needs of each individual patient. Though this therapy can’t be recommended as a cure for lupus by itself, it is a valuable part of a lupus cure protocol (working with a complete protocol is nearly always advisable when it comes to treating chronic illness, or illness of any kind).

Some patients may experience a Herxheimer reaction in the 24-48 hours following IV nutritional therapy. It is normal to experience a detox reaction with many therapies that work as cures for a disease like lupus. In this case, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, eat lightly, and rest extra to help your body recover and heal.

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