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Intravenous / Parenteral Therapy

IV therapy is the administration of substances into the bloodstream through the veins. A Naturopathic Doctor, administers tailored solutions including combinations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbal formulas and homeopathic remedies.

What are the benefits of this therapy?

By introducing natural substances directly into the circulation, we increase the speed and efficacy of their effects on the body. This also allows us to bypass their absorption in the digestive system which is beneficial in people with absorption issues or a sensitive digestive tract.

IV therapy also allows us to administer optimal doses without the adverse effects that could result from oral administration (e.g. high-dose vitamin C and magnesium). It also makes it possible to achieve high concentrations of certain nutrients in the circulation for therapeutic purposes; these levels are often difficult or impossible to achieve orally.

What can IV therapy be used for?

  • to help correct nutrient deficiencies
  • to deliver nutrients in patients with compromised absorption
    • E.g. Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease
    • other, digestive system sensitive to supplements
  • boost energy and endurance
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic migraine headaches
  • PMS
  • boost immunity to prevent frequent infections
  • as part of a therapeutic plan to address depression
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • asthma
  • some types of cancer
  • certain cardiovascular conditions

What are some commonly administered IV treatments?

  • High dose vitamin C to support treatment and optimize health in cancer patients
    • customized IV protocols used to help mitigate the effects of cancer and chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments patients may be undergoing, support energy and vitality, and prevent cachexia resulting from cancer
    • in patients undergoing chemotherapy, IV vitamin C is administered during the periods between chemotherapy rounds so as to prevent interaction between the therapies.
  • Myer's cocktail is another commonly administered IV solution
    • includes a combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium
    • used to support optimal health by supplying the body with easy access to the necessary vitamins and minerals
    • can help to boost energy in both healthy patients and those with chronic illnesses that may compromise energy levels and increase nutritional demand