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Intravenous therapy; IV therapy; or parenteral therapy is a highly effective way of
introducing several essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, directly into the
bloodstream. As these nutrients are being injected straight into the vein, rather than taken orally,
it bypasses the digestive system, allowing the nutrients to be utilized immediately.
Higher doses of these nutrients can, therefore, be used without irritating the digestive system,
and due to the high concentration gradient, these nutrients are being pushed into the cells to be used
for many processes in the body, especially energy production.
Why is this important? Yes, the food we eat is essential when it comes to getting the
nutrients we need. However, there are several instances where we are not using the
nutrients we get from food, not absorbing them properly, and therefore not
transforming them into the vital building blocks of several tissues and molecules
used in every process of the body. Our lifestyle choices in combination with the state
of our health(e.g. digestion, inflammation, stress) determine the need for more
therapeutic dosing of vitamins and minerals.
As this is a rapid way to receive nutrients into your body, it has the potential to be
helpful for a variety of conditions or disease states. Depending on your health and
goals for treatment, we can tailor an IV specifically for you, either as a single therapy
or as an adjunct to other therapies to make them maximally effective. If you are
considering IV therapy but have more questions about what we offer for treatment,
please feel free to book a Free 15-min Consultation online or call the clinic at 604-
A base of saline or sterile water mixed with B vitamins, high dose vitamin C, several minerals and possibly amino acids. Depending on what reason you are coming in, your IV can be tailored to help with a variety of conditions.
250 mL bags take approximately 40-60 minutes and 100 mL bags take approximately 20-40 minutes so you may want to bring a book!
IV therapy can be beneficial for a wide variety of patients because it can be adjusted to meet your particular needs. The most common reasons are for stress, fatigue, sleep, tissue healing such as after injury or surgery, boosting the immune system, malabsorption conditions in which the patient is not getting enough nutrients in their diets (e.g. Celiac, Crohn’s, Colitis), hormone balancing, and mood balancing.
IV therapy is a faster, more available way to get nutrients to the tissues. Since the solution is going into the veins, we avoid the digestive system and detoxification processes in the liver, allowing the vitamins and minerals to be immediately available. Since we are avoiding the digestive system, we can also dose much higher without having any intestinal irritation, which is especially helpful in those with non-optimal digestive systems.
This can be quite variable. Some people come in before cold and flu season 1-2 times to help build up their immune system, or help heal tissues after surgery/injury. Generally, it is suggested to do once/week for 4-6 weeks, but we are constantly reassessing depending on progress being made.
As we are injecting the solution into you veins, there can be risks. Most common is discomfort and bruising at the site of injection. There is a possibility that the solution can go out of the vein into the surrounding tissue, which is extremely irritating, but goes away quickly. There is very small risk of anaphylaxis, infection, or fainting(depending on how well you do with needles).
Yes, discuss with your Naturopathic Doctor before undergoing IV therapy to ensure it is safe for you.
Yes, but please tell your ND if you have any pre-existing kidney, liver, or heart conditions, as well a condition called Glucose-6-Phosphate Deficiency.
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