Nutritional IV (intravenous) therapy is the sterile administration of nutrients through the veins. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream going to all parts of the body within seconds.
What is the benefit?
Nutritional IV therapy is very powerful because it bypasses digestion and absorption by directly delivering nutrients to the cells where they are needed. There are times when the body is so deficient that oral supplementation is not enough. Using the IV route of administration allows for the maximum concentration of nutrients to reach tissues that need it the most. Then the cells are better able to detoxify, repair, and regenerate.
Who can benefit?
Many people with different health challenges can be helped by Nutritional IV Therapy. Some of the conditions that may benefit are digestive disorders that can inhibit absorption, colds/flu, cancer, chronic fatigue, heavy metal toxicity, allergies, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, diabetes,depression, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, and degenerative brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It is helpful in treating withdrawal symptoms from addiction (drug, nicotine, alcohol) and in reducing recovery from surgery and strenuous athletic activity or injuries.
What are the types of treatments?
Individualized treatments vary based upon needs and may consist of different B vitamins, vitamin C, amino acids, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, phosphatidyl choline, EDTA, and minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, selenium, and zinc. Common treatments include: Vitamin/mineral IV (Myer's cocktail) is an immune system booster effective in treating chronic and acute illnesses, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and enhancing athletic performance. Glutathione one of the most powerful antioxidants, protects by scavenging free radicals that destroy healthy cells. It is natural within our body, but gets depleted by a nutritionally deficient diet, exposure to toxins and poor lifestyle choices. It is critical for overall health. Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is necessary for the composition and repair of cell membranes and is important for normal liver function and neurological health. IV PC is termed "phospholipid exchange" and aims to treat neurotoxity. High dose vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient that may help patients with cancer and those with chronic or acute infections. IV chelation using EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) is an amino compound that removes excess metal ions such as lead, mercury copper, iron, and the calcium that contributes to arterial plaque. Aging and disease impair the cells ability to remove these excess metal ions.
How is the therapy administered?
Patients receive Nutritional IV Therapy in a relaxed setting while sitting in a comfortable chair. The prescribed mixture is prepared in a sterile solution and dripped slowly into a vein over 1 to 2 1/2 hours depending upon the required treatment. The nutrients go in slowly so they don't overwhelm the body which needs time to absorb the IV and maintain homeostasis or balance. The patient may read, listen to music or just relax during treatment.
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