Nutrient therapy is a very important part of Naturopathic treatment to support optimal health. The most common administration of nutrient therapy is oral in the form of various supplements. Depending on the integrity of the digestive system and its ability to effectively absorb these nutrients, occasionally it may be necessary to deliver nutrients directly to the cells via intravenous administration.
We are all familiar with in-hospital IV therapy in which various medications and fluids are delivered directly into the bloodstream. This therapy is effective because it allows the nutrients to be delivered directly to the cells, bypassing the digestive system and allowing for a greater concentration of active nutrients to cross the cellular membrane. IV therapy can be more effective than oral therapy because it achieves much higher serum (blood) concentrations of active nutrients and improved therapeutic benefit.
At Via Natural Medicine we offer various forms of IV nutrient therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:
· Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular disease
· Athletic Performance
· Autoimmune disease
· Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections
· Chronic fatigue syndrome
· Health Enhancement
· Healthy Aging
· Heavy Metal Toxicity
· Immune support
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease
· Lyme disease
· Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma
· Menstrual Pain
· Narcotic Withdrawal
· Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
· Stress related fatigue
· Upper Respiratory Tract infections
Some common ingredients in many of our IV preparations include but are not limited to:
· Vitamin C
· B Vitamins
· Trace Minerals
· Amino acids
· Alpha lipoic acid
One of the most common IV nutrient treatments is the Myer’s Cocktail, developed by Dr. John Myer’s, MD. Many physicians are now using modified versions of this formula to treat most of the above listed conditions. The Myer’s Cocktail contains Magnesium, Calcium, Vit B12, Vit B6, Vit B5, B Complex and Vit C in varying dosages.
Often patients will undergo a series of IV treatments at regularly spaced intervals (usually one IV/week or one IV every second week depending on the condition treated). The time between IV’s is gradually increased until the IV’s are no longer necessary. Other patients may require regular IV’s for an indefinite period of time to control their specific medical condition.
IV therapy in Cancer: within the context of an integrative oncology model, in which negative interactions between your conventional cancer treatment and your naturopathic treatment are avoided, IV therapies play an enormous role in supporting the cancer patient throughout their illness. Cancer patients typically receive a combination of high dose ascorbic acid (vit C), artesunate (wormwood), nutrient or hydration replenishments or antioxidant IV’s post chemo and radiation.
Acute conditions such as migraine headaches, menstrual pain, or upper respiratory tract infections can be treated effectively with high doses of IV nutrients.