The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), representing 8,000 licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) in the United States, encourages healthcare practitioners on the front lines of treating moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 to utilize intravenous Vitamin C (IVC, also known as IV Ascorbic Acid) as an adjunctive measure in the care of their patients.
Naturopathic doctors are the nation’s foremost experts in natural therapeutics and have extensive training in drug-nutrient and drug-herb interactions. Drawing from our long history of safe and effective use of intravenous Vitamin C, we urge our medical colleagues to incorporate this treatment from the naturopathic medicine toolkit immediately in an effort to save lives and reduce long-term morbidity. While we applaud the use of IVC by a small number of hospitals in the U.S., it unfortunately remains a rarely utilized intervention.
There currently is no definitive, evidence-based treatment for COVID-19. Due to the unusual and extreme clinical demands of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, IVC has been implemented in some Chinese hospitals, and data published (English translation) by the “Expert Group on Clinical Treatment of New Coronavirus Disease in Shanghai” details the use of IVC as effective adjunctive care of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Patients receiving IVC experienced shorter hospital stays and lower mortality, allowing greater access to intensive care resources (including ventilators) for other vulnerable patients.
This recent data for this novel virus expands upon the extensive use of IVC in clinically relevant circumstances, including reduced mortality (1, 2, 3) in patients with sepsis and ARDS as well as shortened ICU stays and reduced need for ventilators in critically ill patients. Intravenous Vitamin C is a generally safe (with rare, notable exceptions), cost-effective, and well-tolerated intervention even in the most critical patients when delivered based on appropriate clinical guidelines alongside existing treatments.