What is IV therapy?
In naturopathic medicine, IV therapy refers to administering high doses of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients by an intravenous line inserted into a vein. By administering substances this way, we are able to offer much higher doses and much greater absorption. In some cases, different mechanisms of action are achieved with this therapy, verses when nutrients are taken through diet or oral supplements.
Who does it help?
At Silver Spruce, we recommend IV as part of a complete treatment plan for patients with a variety of health objectives, including health maintenance, digestive conditions, immune support and disease, and chronic fatigue, as well as for athletic recovery.
For patients seeking supportive cancer care, we offer IV vitamin C along with other nutrients. A growing body of research suggests IVC in combination with chemotherapy and other conventional medical treatments can improve quality of life, slow cancer progression, and reduce treatment related side-effects.
What is involved?
IV therapy works by bypassing the digestive system, allowing high doses of vitamins and minerals to immediately enter the bloodstream. This quick action is a tremendous benefit in restoring healthy levels in patients who are depleted in certain nutrients, sustaining levels in healthy individuals, and reaching therapeutic levels for the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Before any IV therapy is administered, our naturopathic doctors start with complete health history, including blood work, to determine whether IV is an appropriate treatment strategy and customize your protocol.
Our ND’s are board certified and regulated to administer IVs, and take every precaution to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. IV therapy is very safe, but as with any procedure, you will also be informed about possible risks and side effects before your treatment.