During a consultation with your naturopathic physician, they will assess if intravenous nutrient therapy is safe and indicated for you. If so, your naturopathic doctor will tailor specific nutrient therapy formulations unique to your goals for treatment, general state of health and potential lab testing.
In particular, it can be very effective for those who are depleted and having issues repleting orally, or when more rapid repletion is needed compared to consuming nutrients orally. For example, patients with digestive related problems (such as IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis, SIBO, celiac, etc) may be good candidates.
This is important since many nutrients must reach a certain threshold in the blood or tissue to have the desired effect. For example, magnesium must reach a certain level before it can actually enter cells (where it is needed), which is often unattainable in oral doses due to poor absorption and/or poor tolerability (ex. diarrhea).
Intravenous nutrients are delivered directly into circulation and are therefore 100% available to tissues and cells. Many individuals have less than ideal breakdown and absorption of both food and supplements, which may be due to gut inflammation, infections, imbalance of bacteria, low stomach acid, pancreatic insufficiency, etc. Therefore, intravenous nutrient therapy bypasses this problem by allowing for direct delivery into circulation.
Therapeutic ORAL supplementation can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal side-effects. For example, Vitamin C has potent anti-viral activity, however at higher doses oral forms often causes diarrhea, nausea or upset stomach. When by-passing the digestive system, individuals are able to benefit from higher therapeutic dosing without the digestive side effects.
It is advised to eat a meal at least 1 hr prior to the IV appointment.
If it is your first appointment, your naturopathic physician will conduct a brief medical screening exam and determine if and what I.V. would be most appropriate for your unique needs/requirements (if you are unsure whether I.V. would be appropriate for you, please call the clinic to inquire or book in for a FREE 15-minute appointment to discuss further).
You may also need to provide a urine sample upon arrival to ensure adequate kidney function.
The time it takes to administer an IV depends on the contents of the bag and individual factors. However, in general, you can expect to be at the clinic for 1.5-2 hours for your initial visit and 1-1.5 hrs for following IV treatments. High dose vitamin C IV treatments are longer at 1-3 hours.
Once you are hooked up to the IV, to be courteous of others, we kindly ask this to be a quiet space where you can read a book, listen to music with your headphones or simply close your eyes and relax.
In general, the IV is painless other than a small pinch during insertion. You may feel a slight warming sensation, taste vitamins in the back of the throat or feel a coolness in the arm. In rare cases, people feel a slight ache in the arm, mild nausea or mild tired/sleepiness. These sensations are transient and can be minimized by adjusting the rate of the IV, having a small snack or using a heating pad on the arm.
Yes, IV’s are covered under naturopathic medical services and/or under your “health spending account”. We also offer direct billing — visit our Direct Billing page for details
All our I.V.’s are customized to your unique needs/requirements, which is assessed by our Naturopathic Doctor during your initial appointment. To see our general Intravenous Nutrient Therapy offerings, click here.
We also offer Intramuscular (IM) shots for those who want a quick boost. Click here for more information.