INTRAVENOUS (IV) THERAPY

What is IV therapy?
Intravenous therapy is a method of administering vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into the bloodstream to stimulate the body’s healing systems through proper nutrition. IV therapy has the benefit of bypassing gastrointestinal absorption with the result of higher blood concentrations of nutrients than is able to be achieved via oral administration. 

IV Therapy was started by Dr. John Meyers. He formulated the “Meyers Cocktail” which is a very common formula still used today. Many ND’s have expanded upon this basic formula to support things like energy, mood, and immune system  

What is in the IV?
The combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids will vary for each individual but this list includes some of the most common one used when our naturopathic doctor is formulating your IV!

Vitamins 

  • Vitamin C

  • B vitamins (B complex, B5, B6, B9, B12)

Minerals 

  • Magnesium 

  • Zinc 

  • Selenium 

Amino Acids 

  • Carnitine 

  • Taurine 

  • Tryptophan 

  • Glycine 

  • Lysine 

Antioxidants 

  • Glutathione 

What Symptoms/Conditions Benefit from IV Therapy:

  • Fatigue and low energy 

  • Mental health (depression, anxiety) 

  • Thyroid conditions (hypothyroid, hyperthyroid) 

  • Poor digestion 

  • Low immune function (frequent colds or flus) 

  • Brain fog and mental clarity 

  • And much more! 

Advantages of IV Therapy:

  • Absorption of nutrients is 100% as it goes directly into the bloodstream 

  • Bioavailability of nutrients is immediate 

  • Higher doses of nutrients can be given than possible by mouth without intestinal irritation

  • Nutrients are forced into cells by means of a high concentration gradient

  • No first-pass effect in the liver 

    •  When taking oral supplements, it will go through the liver first before going into the bloodstream. When doing IV it skips this step and goes directly into the bloodstream 

  • Easy to monitor the delivery of fluids, electrolytes and nutrients 

  • Can eliminate the need for several oral supplements 

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Disadvantages of IV Therapy:

  • Invasive procedure with risk of complications

    • Ranging from mild to serious

    • Including but not limited to:

      • Occasionally to commonly: discomfort, bruising, and pain at the site of injection.

      • Rarely: inflammation of the vein used for injection, phlebitis, metabolic disturbances, and injury.

      • Extremely Rarely: severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, infection, cardiac arrest

Duration of an IV

  • 100mL bag - 20-30 mins 

  • 250mL bag - 45-60 mins 

Cost of an IV
*Price can very depend on added ingredient
*A porting of the cost can be put towards extended health benefits 

  • 100mL bag - $115 

  • 250mL bag - $175 

Number of Treatments Required 

  • It is recommended to start out with three IV’s spaced 10-14 days apart 

  • After that follow-up time can vary depending on the individual and what is being treated, but every 4-6 weeks is a good follow-up time 

  • As needed - if looking for an energy or immune boost