Hydrogen peroxide has been around for a long time. It is a naturally occurring compound found in rainwater, lakes, oceans, rivers, snow and living organisms. Hydrogen peroxide is formed when ozone, a colorless odorless gas, interacts with water vapor in the lower atmosphere. The hydrogen peroxide, then mixes in small amounts with rain or snow and falls to the earth. Hydrogen peroxide has many benefits to living cells and is essential to life. When used to treat disease, hydrogen peroxide can destroy harmful bacteria and fight infections. Scientist and doctors are now studying the benefits of hydrogen peroxide therapy and its effects on the human body.
Besides being an excellent external treatment for bacterial infections, hydrogen peroxide is now being used internally as a treatment for various illnesses and conditions. Hydrogen peroxide infusion is the delivery of a hydrogen peroxide solution directly into the body through an IV. The amount of hydrogen peroxide within the solution is determined by a medical professional who will also determine the number of treatments required based on your current health conditions and medical history. Once delivered into the circulatory system, the hydrogen peroxide can kill pathogens and stop the disease by mimicking the body’s natural immune system by raising oxygen levels. Pathogens cannot survive in oxygen rich environments. It is this bacteria-fighting quality of hydrogen peroxide therapy that has made IV infusion and other forms of hydrogen peroxide therapies popular in alternative medicine. Practitioners who provide the alternative treatment, claim the therapy can be effective in treating:
Is the therapy safe?
Hydrogen peroxide therapies can be used for the treatment or prevention of disease. However, the therapy does come with some risk. Hydrogen peroxide therapy side effects can sometimes be severe when delivered intravenously. Some of the side effects are damage to the veins, air embolism, hemolytic crisis, hemorrhage, and death. Some of these side effects are more associated with the IV delivery system than with the treatment itself. However, there have been reports of mini strokes, abscesses, and dizziness from people after receiving several treatments. Side effects associated with the therapy also depend on the number of treatments and whether the therapy is preventative or for a more serious illness that requires a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide within the solution.