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Why IV therapy?

Doctors and nurses use IV therapy to administer anesthesia, pain medications, antibiotics, fluids, and other vital fluids. Having an IV in place allows providers to deliver priority treatment  quickly and efficiently when they are needed.

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.

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IM Therapy Options

Intramuscular (IM) injections provide quick boosts of nutrients with a slower release to the blood stream.

Allergy IM
  • Get back outside
  • Quick support to get you through allergy season.
weight loss
Skinny IM
  • Weight-loss support on-the-go
  • Lipotopic and metabolic boosts in a compact form
Immune IM
  • Compact immune support
  • Designed for fast or frequent immune boosts.
Adrenal IM
  • Fight stress and fatigue fast.
  • B-vitamins and focused nutrients to support a healthy stress response.
  • The classic boost for body and mind
  • When you need that extra boost of energy.

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SIX08 Health’s integrated, multidisciplinary team enables us to provide comprehensive and individualized care to our patients.

Ryan Nakama

DR. Ryan Nakama – BSC, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
  • He is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors & the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta.

Focus areas neck pain, headaches, TMJ pain, low back pain, sciatica, and pregnancy-related back pain

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 nutrient directly to the blood stream, thus bypassing the digestive system. This allows for higher concentration of nutrients in the blood stream 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 are some common uses for IV therapy?

• Migraines and headaches
• Improved athletic performance and recovery
• Stress, fatigue, and energy production
• Colds, flu, and poor immune function—chronic or acute
• Depression/anxiety
• Injury/Surgical recovery
• IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, Celiac and other disorders that affect nutrient absorption thru the digestive tract
• Seasonal allergies
• Muscle cramps and tension
• PMS and menstrual pains
• Weight loss
• Dehydration and hangover recovery

Is it safe?

Overall, IV Nutritional Therapy is 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 wil 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 an relax. You will be checked on periodically during your treatment.

Treatments most commonly take about 30 minutes in 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 liscensed Naturopathic Doctor. A thorough medical history is taken and certain lab test may be required.

How should I prepare?

To make the most of your IV experience it is best to come well hydrated and having eaten in the past 2 hours. Some IVs can take over and 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 high concentration of nutrients to the blood stream. 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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