IV Therapy for Brain Conditions
Does your brain just not work as well as it did when you were younger? Have you sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of military combat, competitive sports or a car accident? Are you experiencing cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
The brain is perhaps THE most important and complex organ in the human body. It controls and coordinates virtually every action, reaction, thought, feeling, memory and sense -- all things that shape how you experience your world and make you who you are. SO, when brain function is disrupted by injuries, pathogens or disease, it can make the life that you are living much more difficult, much harder to navigate and often without hope.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.4 million people in the U.S. per year with falls, auto accidents, being struck by objects and violence being the most common causes. Military veterans and current service members are quite often afflicted by TBI, underdiagnosed and crippled by the long-term effects of sustained blast injuries. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS), the chronic effects of TBI, can linger for years to decades and are a leading cause of disability. Common symptoms of PCS include headaches, vertigo, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, insomnia, depression or other mood changes. Depression tied to traumatic brain injury is often debilitating and it has been shown that those who have suffered TBI’s are two times more likely to commit suicide than those who have not.
TBI has also been shown to cause both acute and chronic neurodegeneration - from free radical build-up, damage to the blood-brain-barrier and death of brain cells. Age-related cognitive decline is often caused by neurodegeneration and there are many other states and health conditions that cause neurodegeneration including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The symptoms of neurodegeneration are dependent on the disease process but can include brain fog, dementia or other memory problems, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, depression or other mood problems.
One of the treatments that we use at Conscious Human Medicine, to help reverse neurodegeneration and repair the brain is intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy. IV nutritional therapy delivers nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the stomach and intestines. You will receive a high concentration of nutrients in the fastest and most absorbable manner into your cells. Many of these nutrients traverse the blood-brain-barrier and are able to go directly into the brain where healing takes place.
Each case is unique and we individualize our IV treatments depending on a patient's needs. As part of our nutritional IV regimen for TBI and other neurodegenerative conditions, we use intravenous glutathione. Glutathione is one of the best known agents for helping to reduce free radical build-up in brain cells and has shown great promise in reversing many conditions associated with neurodegeneration and TBI’s. It has been shown that blood levels of vitamin C are dramatically reduced following a traumatic brain injury and so we also often recommend high-dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) to improve brain function and reduce free radical damage. At Conscious Human Medicine, we also often use phosphatidyl choline, a fat-containing molecule that lines every cell, including brain cells, and that is crucial for healthy brain functioning and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) another potent free radical scavenger in our IV formulations.
Neurodegenerative conditions, traumatic brain injuries and post-concussion syndrome are often a complex process, and at Conscious Human Medicine we recognize that because your condition is multifactorial, the treatment needs to follow the same pattern. Our first goal is to always to understand the root cause(s) of your condition, run appropriate lab tests, understand what makes your condition better or worse and eliminate any obstacles to cure. Alongside IV nutritional therapy, we use naturopathic foundations, lifestyle medicine, gut restoration, biofeedback, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to enhance the healing process.