Vitamin C plays a vital role in many functions of the human body. And its function as an antioxidant is central. Vitamin C captures free radicals in the body, renders them harmless and thus prevents cell destruction. This protective system may become overloaded, for instance due to infection, stress, poor nutrition, chronic liver disease, gastrointestinal tract disorders and also by certain medication.
Vitamin C also regulates fat metabolism, supports the immune system and the breakdown of toxic substances, and facilitates the release of hormones. It therefore also plays a role in reducing cholesterol levels and helping to prevent vascular disease.
In addition, vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen. Collagen deficiency has a negative effect on the skin, muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons and connective tissue. Consequences include delayed wound healing, loosening of teeth and inflamed gums.
Vitamin C deficiency is rarely compensated by nutrition or vitamin supplements alone. One reason being that the intestinal system can only absorb a certain amount of the vitamin. Another reason is that it may cause stomach problems and diarrhoea. Infusions of high-dose vitamin C on the other hand, have shown to be effective in a number of illnesses and ailments. We mainly use this therapy to boost the immune system in cases of increased susceptibility to infections.
Positive effects of high-dose vitamin C therapy are also seen in cases of reduced mental and physical efficiency, exhaustion, depression, allergies, premature ageing, rheumatic disorders, asthma, arthritis, vascular disorders, atherosclerosis, gout, liver disease, poor wound healing, skin disease, the effects of a stroke or heart attack, during convalescence, and in smokers.
A minimum of 7.5g pure vitamin C is administered in high-dose vitamin C therapy via an intravenous infusion lasting approximately 30 to 40 minutes. The infusions are given weekly for four to six weeks. Optimal results are achieved if the treatment is repeated annually. Patients usually tolerate the infusions very well. We only rarely see slight hypersensitivity reactions.
The costs for high-dose vitamin C therapy is not covered by the statutory health insurance scheme and are invoiced as an IGeL service in accordance with the German Medical Fee Schedule (Gebührenordnung für Ärzte - GOÄ).