What is IV Therapy for cancer?
We can take an intravenous (IV) approach to nutritional supplementation while fighting cancer at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX. Our IV therapy aims to infuse vitamins and minerals directly into your vein where the body needs it most and may absorb it best. By skipping the digestive system, the vitamins and minerals in the IV may allow the cells to have a much greater absorption rate. This could be a great benefit for patients who have digestive issues, difficulty with oral supplements, a poor diet, or who are not absorbing nutrients from eating well. Our experienced team can give you guidance as to which IV treatment may be the right one for you.
What Are The Benefits Of IV Therapy?
IV Therapy at the Kotsanis Institute offers a number of benefits to support and enhance your health, including:
- Providing quick, effective hydration
- Increasing energy levels
- Supplementing essential vitamins and minerals
- Helping the body purge toxins
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing protein catabolism and muscle loss
- Killing harmful bacteria and viruses
- Enhanced nutrient absorption
- Stress reduction
- Support for chronic conditions
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"everyone was very kind and helpful. Look forward to feeling better"- M.R. / Facebook / Jan 03, 2022
"Dr. Kotsanis & the staff at Kotsanis institute have been more than amazing. The integrative care I received after a diagnosis of breast cancer has been outstanding. The staff is very attentive, caring & take the time to answer questions. I’d recommend Kotsanis institute to any one that’s looking for more than what traditional medicine offers."- Anonymous / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
"Diane was a complete life saver...I came in so weak and scared...not sure what was going on with my body...she was so caring and attentive....you don't really know how much it impacts a person until your health is so compromised you don't know what to do... but she has been a blessing...she suggested supplements that totally helped me. I thank God for her."- S.W. / Google / Dec 19, 2021
"What a great place! So glad I was referred by a friend! I Cannot refer this place enough. Completely focused on functional medicine, not just the symptoms. So treating the root cause! Going to refer family here!"- M.W. / Google / Dec 19, 2021
Who is a good candidate?
There are various available options for IV therapy which make a wide number of individuals ideal candidates for different treatment. Some patients who may be especially interested in IV therapy may include individuals who have:
- Problems with nutrient deficiency and absorption
- Dry and dull skin
- Mood swings and sleep issues they are looking to correct
- Weakened immune system
- Chronic illness and recovery from various conditions
The list continues as to the individuals who can benefit from IV therapy at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine. Call our office today to learn more about the options which can address your specific health concerns.
What Can I Expect With IV Therapy?
When we decide which type of IV drip treatment is best for your health concerns, we'll carefully administer the nutrient cocktail in one of our private treatment rooms. The treatment area will be disinfected and the IV will be placed. You will be able to unwind and relax, or even fall asleep for the length of the treatment process. The IV supplies the vitamin cocktail through a slow drip directly into the bloodstream. Afterward, we'll put a small bandage on the location of administration. IV therapy typically lasts for approximately an hour, after which you can leave our Grapevine, TX facility and go back to your normal routine without any downtime needed. Many people feel almost instantaneous positive benefits from IV therapy sessions that continue to improve as their body absorbs the vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
Types of IV THerapies at Kotsanis Institute
Disclaimer: Most (if not all) of these intravenous therapies are not approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or by most physicians.
Alpha-lipoic acid IV
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) attaches itself to free radicals and, therefore, is an effective defense against immune suppression. It helps to increase levels of vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione. Alpha-lipoic acid helps to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar, assisting diabetics by helping to treat damaged nerves and arteries. ALA can also be administered to people suffering from Hepatitis B or C or other liver diseases.
Aminosyn helps to promote protein synthesis and wound healing and to reduce the rate of protein catabolism.
Colloidal Silver IV
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is useful as a pain reliever and also to help treat burns, acne, arthritis, strokes, and head injury. It helps to soothe toothaches, headaches, hemorrhoids, and muscle strains. At the Kotsanis Institute, we use it for IPT and interstitial cystitis.
Chelation therapy aims to help remove heavy metals from the bloodstream, thereby reducing free radical damage that can cause arteriosclerosis. For this, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA, an amino acid) is administered intravenously. The acid is meant to bind with heavy metals like iron, lead, and calcium and then flush them out of the blood via urine.
Gaby is a mixture of vitamins and minerals administered intravenously. We use it for cases of fatigue, at the first signs of illness, decreased energy levels, and for cases of mineral or vitamin depletion.
Glutathione is an amino acid that we get from fresh fruits and vegetables. However, either a poor diet or certain stressful conditions can reduce its levels in our bodies, leading to various signs of aging. Since glutathione is poorly absorbed when administered orally, IV administration is our preferred route.
Hydrogen peroxide IV
The intravenous introduction of hydrogen peroxide in the body is meant to lead to the release of single oxygen molecules into the cells and bloodstream. Single oxygen molecules may help to destroy anaerobic viruses and bacteria, kill cancer cells, or oxidize toxins and make them easier for the liver and kidneys to process.
Myers’ Cocktail IV
Myers’ Cocktail is a mix of vitamins and minerals that was developed by John Myers and is used to enhance your immune system, treat fatigue, help with allergies, and reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia and asthma. The cocktail is administered intravenously, thus bypassing problems with digestion and helping to provide a temporary energy production boost in your body.
We draw your blood, mix it with homeopathic oxygen, drip it through blood tubing where it passes through ultraviolet light, and then return it to your body.
Poly-MVA is a nutritional IV that is designed to provide energy for compromised body systems by changing the electrical potential of human cells. In other words, it increases cellular energy levels, thus increasing the charge density of DNA within the cell. This supports normal cell function and works against abnormal cell function.
Vitamin C IV
A high dose of intravenous vitamin C may effectively help to treat many conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. IV vitamin C has a much greater effect on immune enhancement than conventional oral vitamin C supplements. Additionally, high levels of vitamin C in the blood may cause the production of hydrogen peroxide, a toxin to cancer cells.
IV Therapy FAQ
Is IV therapy safe?
At the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine, a member of our team will talk to you about your medical history and current condition before an IV therapy regimen begins. When given by our medical professionals who have extensive experience administering IV therapy, it can be very safe and effective. We will ensure you don't have any conditions or issues that will impact your health and safety and that you get the right IV therapy you need to improve your overall health and well-being.
Does IV therapy hurt?
IV therapy isn't painful. Like receiving any IV, there may be some initial discomfort as the needle for the drip is inserted, but during the therapy, it is generally painless. Some patients may experience a cool sensation as the IV nutrients enter the bloodstream.
How long does an IV therapy session usually take?
A typical IV therapy session lasts about 30 – 45 minutes.
How often should I get IV therapy for optimal results?
The frequency of IV therapy sessions can vary depending on your individual health needs and the specific type of IV therapy you're undergoing. At Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine, our experienced team will consult with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include regular weekly sessions or less frequent treatments, depending on your condition and health goals.
Are there any side effects associated with IV therapy?
Generally, IV therapy is well-tolerated and has minimal side effects. However, some people might experience mild side effects like bruising or soreness at the injection site or a slight metallic taste during the treatment. These symptoms are usually temporary and resolve quickly. It's crucial to discuss any concerns you have with our team before undergoing any IV therapy.
Can IV therapy interact with my current medications or treatments?
While IV therapy is designed to supplement and enhance your current treatments, there is always a possibility of interaction with medications or other treatments you may be undergoing. That's why our comprehensive consultation includes a thorough review of your medical history, current medications, and treatments to ensure that IV therapy is both safe and effective for you.
Boost Your Immune System through Nutrition
As a method of immunotherapy, our nutritional IV cancer therapies are available at the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX. We are open to IV therapy patients five days a week in our clinic, as most treatments require five consecutive treatments for optimal benefit. Call our office if you'd like to add IV therapy your cancer care. We'll work with your current medical or oncology team to make sure you get the ultimate cancer treatment you deserve.
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