Intravenous (IV) Nutritional Therapy is an efficient and effective way to deliver high concentrations of nutrients directly to the bloodstream—bypassing physiological and pathological limitations of the digestive system. In conditions where absorption is impaired, such as digestive issues, or where increased blood concentrations are desired, Intravenous therapy provides an ideal method of administration. Every IV is made with consideration for each patient’s unique needs.
Why not just take oral vitamins/supplements?
Many people don’t absorb vitamins very well through their digestive system. Much of what you take orally never finds its way into your bloodstream, particularly if you have digestive troubles, or are taking medications. IV therapy helps to ensures that nutrients get to where they’re needed.
Your digestive system can have a hard time with high doses of vitamins. Taking large doses of vitamin C orally, for example, might upset your stomach—with IV therapy, your body can tolerate much higher (and more helpful) amounts.
Your body can access the nutrients better when they’re in your bloodstream, and that means IV’s can often give us better results, faster. Modern IV Nutritional Therapy has its roots in the Myers cocktail—a mixture of vitamins and minerals created by Dr. John Myers MD and used it to treat a multitude of health conditions from anxiety to chronic fatigue.
Many nutrients, such as B12, can also be administered intramuscular (IM). These can provide a quick nutrient boost and slower release to the bloodstream. Talk to the Naturopathic Doctor about these options.
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IV Therapy FAQ
Does it hurt?
Our naturopathic doctor has years of experience with IV vitamin therapy. Most patients find the treatment comfortable and relaxing. Some feel a slight aching during treatment or mild discomfort during the needle insertion. Please communicate any discomfort with your Naturopathic Doctor.
What is IV nutritional therapy?
IV therapy is the process of delivering vitamins, and other nutrients directly to the bloodstream, thus bypassing the digestive system. This allows for a higher concentration of nutrients in the bloodstream than is possible through oral routes.
IV nutritional therapy was pioneered by Dr. John Myers MD, over 50 years ago. Since then it has become a mainstay of treatment for many medical and naturopathic doctors and its use has been expanded to treat a variety of conditions.
What is a Myers’ Cocktail?
The Myers cocktail is often cited as the basis for modern IV nutritional therapy. It is named after Dr. John Myers MD who used it to treat a variety of conditions in his medical practice beginning over 50 years ago.
This formula provides the basis for many of the treatments we use in the clinic today. Modern research and clinical experience have opened the doors for a wide variety of formulations.
What types of nutrients can be administered intravenously?
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, B12, etc.), minerals (eg. magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc etc.), amino acids (carnitine, taurine, lysine etc.). Other substances may also be used depending on specific circumstances and needs.
Most of these are water-soluble and require constant replenishment. Ideally, diet and oral supplementation can achieve this but when demand outpaces supply, IV therapy can help bridge the gap.
Is it safe?
Overall, IV Nutritional Therapy is a safe and effective therapy. Our naturopathic doctor is highly skilled and experienced to assess and minimize the potential risks of IV Nutritional Therapy.
What should I expect?
On your first visit for IV treatment, you will meet with our Naturopathic Doctor for a brief medical screen and to set out a plan for treatment. You will then be taken to the IV suite, set up in a comfortable chair and the IV will be started. Once the IV is running you are free to read a book, have a cup of tea, or simply put your feet up and relax. You will be checked on periodically during your treatment.
Treatments most commonly take about 30 minutes in the office but may take up to 90 minutes or longer depending on the type of IV prescribed. Treatment frequency varies and is dependant on a number of factors. It can range from weekly to monthly or as needed during times of high stress or immune challenge.
Throughout the process, all IV patients will be evaluated and monitored by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. A thorough medical history is taken and certain lab tests may be required.
How should I prepare?
To make the most of your IV experience it is best to come well hydrated and have eaten in the past 2 hours. Some IVs can take over an hour so bringing a small snack is recommended.
Why not just take oral vitamins?
IV therapy bypasses the digestive system and allows the delivery of a high concentration of nutrients to the bloodstream. This is most important in people with conditions that negatively affect absorption – like IBS, Crohn’s, Celiac, colitis, diarrhea or constipation.
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