If you are new to the concept of Intravenous Therapy, you might be wondering why you’re suddenly hearing so much about it; why people are talking about this innovative treatment approach all over the world. IV therapy represents an exciting new paradigm in integrative and functional medicine, allowing us to both prevent and help treat a wide variety of conditions safely and effectively.
With intravenous vitamin therapy, as soon as your infusion starts, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are quickly circulated through your bloodstream and delivered to cells, where they are immediately available for use. It’s like “direct deposit”; in IV therapy treatments, there’s no waiting for the nutrients to clear the digestive system and the liver.
The main difference is the absorption of oral supplementation is dependant on your digestive health. Even with a healthy gut, the vitamins, minerals and amino acids can bind to the food you have consumed and be excreted - decreasing the rate of absorption. The benefit of IV therapy is that the contents are delivered directly into your blood resulting in a higher absorption rate. This means that you are getting a higher dose and potentially faster results.
Our custom IV formulations are created for a range of individuals; from athletic recovery and optimization to chronic illness such as adrenal fatigue, lyme disease and even Parkinson’s. IV bags can include magnesium and amino acids to support muscle recovery, selenium to improve thyroid function and increase metabolism, vitamin C for immune support, and glutathione which is an antioxidant that can prolong the benefits of Levodopa (Parkinson’s medication).
Although IV therapy is safe for most people, our board certified Naturopathic Doctors conduct a thorough review of your medical history and will perform a physical exam. This process will allow us to gain a comprehensive understanding of treatment options and will also give us the necessary information to customize your IV formula. Individuals with compromised kidney function are not ideal candidates for IV infusion therapy. For this reason, we will evaluate all patient’s creatinine and eGFR levels.
A: This really depends on your health concerns. Typically, patients will come in weekly for the first 2-4 weeks. This will allow us to replete your body with the infused nutrients. Afterwards, we suggest monthly IV treatments to maintain your nutrient levels.
The benefit of choosing Nutrichem is that we are licensed compounding pharmacy. Not only will our compounding pharmacists review all IV formulas, they also have a quality assurance process that will verify each bag and its contents, adhere to the regulations set forth by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
This blog has been written by Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui, ND
Dr. Yousuf believes that the foundation of health is digestion. Healing the microbiome, decreasing inflammation, eliminating parasites, and improving nutritional absorption can have a profound effect on the rest of the body. His clinical focus extends to Men and Women’s Sexual Health and hormone regulation with treatments including bio-identical hormones and desiccated thyroid.
Illustration art by Shayla Bond Illustration.
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