Today we are going to learn about IV infusion therapy, specifically hydrogen peroxide IV therapy. First of all, IV stands for intravenous, which basically means into the vein. Hydrogen peroxide is a common household chemical and has multiple uses around the house, one of the most popular uses being for health benefits. Many suggest to drink diluted hydrogen peroxide, but others say it is best vaginally, rectally, or through the nose or ears. Still others only use topically for cuts and other wounds. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy seems to have come medical scene in the 1920s and was used largely in the pneumonia epidemic after World War 1 in the 1940s. After modern prescriptive medicine became popular shortly after 1940, interest in hydrogen peroxide waned until it reappeared in 1989 at the First International Conference of Bio-Oxidative Medicine. Since being re-introduced, division has been widely separated into those who swear by its healing powers, and those who remind us of its dangerous and deadly side effects.
The benefits of oral or intravenous hydrogen peroxide seem to be numerous. The small percent of oxygen that is introduced when intravenously injecting hydrogen peroxide into the body’s system causes the enzyme system to be stimulated. This in turn increases the metabolic rate, which causes the blood vessels to dilate and increases blood flow carrying oxygen through out the entire body and stimulating the body’s natural immune system.
A reason hydrogen peroxide works is because within two hours of treatment it is said to improve:
- Membrane integrity
- enhances Thyroglobulin
Hydrogen peroxide therapy can be used to treat:
- Ventricular dysrhythmias
- Decreasing plaque formation
- Control of body temperature
- Reduces pain
- Aiding in combating viruses, bacteria, yeast, protozoa, and fungi.
The risks and side effects
The most dangerous side effect of hydrogen peroxide intravenous therapy is death, though most doctors working with this sort of therapy say it is extremely rare, and most likely due to the reaction of medications patients were taking before or during treatment. Other side effects of IV therapy are vein inflammation, red streaks up and down the arm, shortness of breath, chills, nausea, and general aches and pains. Many reports of serious cases of these side effects have been traced back to poorly administered alternative treatments or low grade hydrogen peroxide.