IV Nutrient Therapy
IV Vitamin Therapy is an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids at high doses. These higher therapeutic doses are not obtainable through supplements or diet alone. Used in a variety of conditions, this valuable tool in modern medicine by-passes the gastrointestinal tract and into your bloodstream where it is more readily available for use.
Frequently asked questions
Why get IV vitamin therapy?
Absorption: When we take oral supplements we dont absorb 100% of what we ingest through our gastrointestinal tract. When we ingest food we can be absorbing anywhere from 10-90% of the nutrients in that food. Compound that with certain conditions and inflammation that further hinder that process, and it can be challenging for your body to obtain the nutrients it utilizes to heal and bring you into a state of optimal health.
By passing the GI tract we are able to utilize high doses that would not normally cause side effects and not be tolerated by the gut, making administration by IV an exceptionally powerful tool in modern medicine.
What conditions can it be used for?
Indications for IV therapy include both acute and chronic illnesses. Acute illnesses, such as viral infections, can be treated with IV therapy. High doses of vitamin C and other nutrients are used to treat a variety of conditions (listed below). IV treatments are used to decrease the intensity and duration of the illness.
Seasonal allergies and asthma
Anxiety and Depression
Athletic performance optimization and recovery
Chronic Fatigue and Low Energy
Colds and Flus
Digestive Issues and Malabsorption
Lack of sleep
Migraines and headaches
Pre and Post Surgery Recovery
Who can receive IV therapy? Is it safe?
Generally, IV is indicated for patients who are 16 years of age and older. Furthermore, before any IV treatment, the Naturopathic doctor will go over your health history (which will include past health issues, hospitalizations, surgeries, diet/digestion, allergies/ reactions, medications currently being used etc. with additional detailed questions) before deciding whether IV therapy is the most suitable route for you to consider at the time in question.
Generally, IV therapy from a Naturopathic context is a safe treatment. Most side effects are limited to possible bruising at site of needle insertion (although not common) and in rare cases may feel light-headed/ dizziness. Patients will be encouraged to hydrate well and have eaten before coming in for IV treatments.
How long does it take?
It depends on what type of IV you receive, but a treatment can be as short as 20 minutes, or as long as an hour or
Do you have to be a patient to get an IV?
Yes. To become eligible for IV therapy, you must be a patient of the clinic and have an active file. If you are an existing or new patient Dr. Kim Niddery, will require about 15-30 min prior to your first IV to go through your health history, ask a few pertinent questions, and inform you of the procedure.
How often do I need to get IV treatments?
This is case specific. In general, if a Nutritional IV Treatment is recommended, the Naturopathic doctor may decide to do 1-2 infusions per week for 6 weeks as an initial assessment. After this window of treatment, a decision will be made as to how frequent the sessions will continue thereafter and for what duration. In the case of cancer, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients vitamin infusions may be administrated as frequent as 2 – 3 x a week.
Feel free to book in with Dr. Kim Niddery for a FREE 15min Meet & Greet to discuss IV Therapy more or any other questions or concerns you may have.