Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy is commonly used in many healthcare settings to help correct dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and electrolyte imbalances. From a naturopathic point of view, IV therapy can be a powerful treatment tool for a wide variety of conditions. It can be used to correct frank deficiency, yet it can also be used to deliver therapeutic doses of vitamins to push biochemical pathways in the body. For example, IV nutritional therapy can be used to support the immune system, promote energy production to relieve fatigue, normalize blood pressure, and relieve PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps.
Although nutritional therapy can be administered to some degree through diet and oral supplementation, IV nutrition is in many cases a more effective method of delivery. For example, most nutrients are only absorbed and utilized by the body when the digestive system is functioning optimally. Because IV nutritional therapy directly delivers nutrients into the circulation without passing through the digestive tract, patients with digestive problems can benefit from IV nutritional therapy while they work with a naturopathic physician to improve their digestive health.
Symptoms such as indigestion, gas, bloating, feelings of fullness can indicate disordered digestion. Taking acid blocking medications (even over the counter ones) reduces stomach acid which is necessary for proper absorption of protein, minerals, and vitamins.
Some nutrients, such as trace minerals, are increasingly low in, or absent from, our food supply, and may also be particularly difficult to absorb even in a relatively healthy digestive tract. Our current farming practices in the United States are designed to supply us with big, beautiful produce. The nutritional content in them, however, is often surprisingly low. For many of us, eating our fruits and vegetables is not enough anymore. Supplying these nutrients through IV therapy is a reliable and effective mode of administration.
In addition, the amount of a nutrient that is needed for a desired therapeutic effect exceeds the amount that the body normally absorbs through the digestive tract. In these cases, IV nutritional therapy is an excellent means of getting the nutrient into the circulation and tissues where it is needed to promote healing. For example, vitamin C is being used more and more for a variety of conditions, with promising results, in doses that are sometimes more than 50 times the amount that the body normally takes in through the digestive system.
Some of our popular formulas include:
Designed to support immune function, especially during times of high stress and during cold and flu season. Includes a good dose of Vitamin C, B vitamins, zinc, and the trace mineral germanium, all of which are important factors in healthy immune function.
Our unique multivitamin and multimineral mix; great for anyone who wants well-rounded nutritional support to help provide energy and overall well-being. Includes a blend of important trace minerals such as selenium and zinc, which are important for many functions in the body, including healthy metabolism, immune function, and energy production.
PMS/Menstrual Cramp Formula
Great for relief and prevention of discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle. Includes B vitamins, L-arginine, and magnesium, which together help relax and soothe cramping while fighting off fatigue.
Chronic Fatigue Formula
A multivitamin and multimineral mix designed to help revitalize and energize people being treated for conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic infections, and autoimmune diseases. Includes a higher dose of B-vitamins, magnesium, which are known to be important in such conditions, as well as a signature trace mineral blend to help support metabolism and energy production.
We are also able to create individual formulations for patients. Please call our office for information regarding pricing and scheduling for IV therapy.