IV Therapy Drip
By giving nutrients through an IV your digestive system is bypassed, thus allowing for higher levels of nutrients to be delivered to your cells via the bloodstream. This is especially helpful for people suffering from cancer, malabsorption and digestive concerns or when the therapeutic dose is simply too high to take orally such as cancer.
IV therapy has shown great benefit from reducing the severity of common cold and flu symptoms to the treatment of chronic conditions such as cancer. Some of the conditions that can be helped with IV therapy include: fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, infection, asthma, chest pain, congestive heart failure, palpitations, heart disease, migraines, pms, respiratory problems, seasonal allergies, hives, hyperthyroidism and acute muscle spasms to name a few. A Myers cocktail can even help athletes recover faster and our very own Toronto Argonauts have an ND on staff and receive IV treatments following games.
The Details – How it works
IV therapy uses high dose vitamins, minerals, and natural substances intravenously or intramuscularly. It is primarily used for chronic or debilitating conditions that require additional support in the healing process and for the chelation of heavy metals. IV therapy allows for high concentrated nutrients to enter cells more easily in order to heal and repair cellular damage caused by chronic diseases or heavy metals and environmental toxins.
Many doctors are now treating with intravenous vitamin C. Vitamin C has the ability to enhance host resistance to different diseases, increase the functioning of the immune system to fight and kill bacterial and fungal infections as well as killing cancer cells and limiting the spread of cancer.
What is the difference between taking oral nutrients vs. intravenous nutrients?
IV therapy provides a route of administration that bypasses the digestive system and liver filtration thereby guaranteeing a greater concentration of nutrients into the cells. This helps the cells function better, which usually leads to the patient feeling better.
Normally, nutrients taken orally enter the cell through active transport; this process requires cell energy, and the cell’s ability to transport the nutrients from outside the cell into the cell. Diseased cells lack the energy required and the ability to absorb nutrients effectively, thus decreasing the amount of nutrients that reach the cell. With IV therapy, nutrients enter the cell without using the cell’s active transport
Which conditions may benefit from IV therapy?
Colds or Flu (Immune)
Stress and Fatigue
Aches and Pain
Adjunct to chemotherapy
Immunocompromised states: Lupus, Arthritis, MS, Epstein Barr virus
Restless leg syndrome
Acute infection – bacterial / viral , Hepatitis
Wound healing, Sport s Injury
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Pre / Post surgical support
Irritable bowel syndrome
Restorative health / anti-aging
How many visits will I need for IV Therapy?
IV Therapy is based on the individual and their health condition(s). A typical treatment regimen can range between 4 to 12 visits to over 12 if being used for cancer support. The frequency of visits will be discussed during the initial IV therapy consultation. For cancer patients, we recommend a series of 12 to begin, and then re-evaluate, but quite often it is recommended that the patient continues the IVs for a year after the cancer is gone, in order to support the immune system in killing any cancer cells that may be formed.
How is IV therapy performed?
IV therapy can be administered two ways:
- Through a gravity-drawn “drip”. This method takes between 30 and 120 minutes to administer.
- Through a “push”. This is where the naturopathic doctor manually injects via a syringe at a predetermined rate. This method is shorter and usually takes 20 minutes to administer and is only feasible for certain types of injections.
Is IV therapy safe?
IV therapy has an excellent safety record. Your Naturopathic Doctor will have taken a complete health history and performed lab work in order to avoid any difficulties that may arise.
Sensitivities and allergic reactions are possible though rare. Some other risks include infection, clotting and loss of the vein, leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissues, bruising and occasional pain-these are extremely rare and every measure is taken to prevent them from occurring.
All naturopathic doctors that practice IV Therapy in our clinic are board certified and regulated.
What are the contraindications for IV Therapy?
IV therapy is contraindicated in the following conditions: acute critical illness; current hypoglycaemic state; unmanaged hypertension,diabetes, seizure disorders, severe kidney and liver diseases.
What is the cost of IV therapy?
IV therapy visits cost about $79 plus the cost of the injectable ($20-$150) and applicable taxes. The number and frequency of appointments required will be discussed with your naturopathic doctor.