What is IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV nutrient therapy is the process of giving vital nutrients to the body via the bloodstream by accessing the vein with a small needle. The nutrients can be a small amount that is pushed in slowly with a syringe over 5 to 15 minutes or a bag that is dripped in slowly over 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the solution being given.
Why give IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV nutrient therapy is a way of getting vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other nutrients into the bloodstream quickly. It takes no work on the part of the digestive system. This is a great benefit for those who have digestive issues or who can not tolerate oral supplementation. There are also times when the body is so deficient that oral supplementation is not enough. Using IV route of administration of nutrients allows for maximum concentration of nutrients to reach tissues that need it the most. For example, IV administration allows nutrients to get into the brain when oral supplementation would not suffice.
How does it work?
The nutrients in the IV solutions are absorbed directly by your cells without having to go through the digestive process. This means that nutrients are absorbed more quickly and at higher concentrations than oral supplementation. Due to the high concentration of nutrients in the IV solution compared to the cells in your body, the “concentration gradient” allows active transport of the nutrients into every cell rapidly and efficiently, thus stimulating your cells to achieve optimal health.
Having IV nutrient repletion leads to a rapid increase in the nutrient levels in the center of the cells where they are most needed. This can “kick start” the metabolism. Cells now have enough energy to eliminate accumulated toxins. This process may lead to a detoxification reaction, bringing about symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache and bowel changes. These are temporary. Cellular healing at the root level starts happening when the cells have the nutrients they need to function properly. Homeostasis (a balance of nutrients inside the cells and toxins out of the cells) is achieved quickly and effectively with IV nutrient therapy.
What are the benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV nutrient therapy has been prescribed for decades for people with heavy metal toxicity, malabsorption syndrome (such as gastritis, ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s and colitis), post traumatic/post operative wound healing, viral infections heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Meyer’s Cocktail itself has been effective as an immune system booster in treating the most difficult chronic infections such as Lyme disease, Epstein Barr and Hepatitis. It is also important in management of severe pain associated with chronic degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Often depression, anxiety, insomnia chronic fatigue syndrome and other neurological disorders are helped greatly by the nutrients in the Meyer’s Cocktail.
IV Vitamin C along with Vitamin K3 can be an important adjunctive therapy in treating cancer. Numerous studies have shown that Vitamin C at very high doses intravenously act as a chemotherapeutic agent specific to cancer cells and not to normal healthy cells. Conventional chemotherapy along with IV Vitamin C therapy increases survival rate of cancer patients and is significantly more effective in reducing tumor size than chemotherapy on its own.
In Parkinson’s, IV nutrient therapies are used to decrease the progress of the disease and to diminish symptoms including tremors.
Glutathione intravenously is extremely effective in reducing depression and balancing the serotonin levels in the brain.
Natural anti-microbial agents intravenously have been used for years to treat chronic lyme disease and other acute and chronic infections. Rheumatoid arthritis may also be an indication for the use of IV anti-microbial in treating the underlying chronic infections often found in rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Homeopathic medicines intravenously may be used to decrease inflammation and in acute trauma, such as trauma induced from motor-vehicle accidents.
Botanical or herbal medicines are sometimes combined in an IV solution to treat infections including hepatitis.
IV Chelating agents and minerals are indicated in heavy metal toxicity.
Phosphatidylcholine intravenously has been successful used in Europe and US for the treatment of high cholesterol and neurological conditions.
Holistique Medical Center has many different IV nutrient protocols including but not limited to:
- Amino Acids
- Vitamin C/Vitamin K3
- Meyer’s Cocktail
- Anti-microbial agents
- Chelating agents
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Herbal and homeopathic medicines
Are there any contra-Indications to IV therapy?
Majority of people can tolerate most IV nutrient therapies. Occasionally, an individual may have a severe allergy to a nutrient and therefore should not receive the injection with that nutrient. If you suffer from kidney or heart disease or high blood pressure some of the nutrient IV’s may not be right for you.
The physicians and technicians at Holistique Medical Center have had extensive training in the use and administration of IV Nutrient Therapy. Your physician will decide which, if any, of the protocols are right for you.
Are there any complications from IV Therapy?
Local complications and more system complications can occur. Local complications such as pain at the site of injection can occur as well as swelling of the area if the IV fluid has leaked into the surrounding injection site tissue. Bruising can occur at the site of injection. Occasionally, a vein may become irritated or inflamed. This is called phlebitis. If there is pain, fever and redness streaking up from the site of injection within a few hours after the injection therapy, there may be an infection and your physician should be notified immediately. Most other local complications will resolve with very little intervention.
Systemic complications include anaphylactic allergy to a substance, vasovagal response (fainting spells), systemic infections, and increase stress on heart and kidneys if there is a previous history of kidney or heart conditions.
Generally, IV nutrition therapy is well tolerated with minimum occurrences of complications.
Is IV Therapy covered by my medical insurance?
Most medical insurances do not cover IV nutrients. However, medical flex plans do often reimburse you for IV therapy. Fees for IV nutrients are variable depending on the substance and amount of time involved in dispensing these therapies. Therefore, payment at time of service is expected. A superbill receipt will be given to you for you to send to your insurance for reimbursement.