Intravenous infusion of nutrients and vitamins can be done to support the treatment of various conditions. At NutriChem, we pride ourselves on providing an evidence-based approach to customizing our IV nutrient formulas specifically to your needs. We are able to choose from a variety of ingredients to help suit your treatment goals and adjust the dose of those nutrients as the therapy progresses to best suit your health goals.
The definition of IV therapy is the treatment of a condition by delivering IV fluids directly into the circulatory system. The fluids in the IV bag are often premixed with a multitude of vitamins and nutrients at therapeutic concentrations. This is achieved by inserting a catheter into a vein in the arm or hand, and connecting the catheter to the IV bag with an IV line (sterile plastic tubing). This is similar to administering IV medications, the difference being that the IV bag is filled with various nutrients and vitamins instead of medications.
The role of IV therapy in medicine has been growing over the last few years. And its applications for the treatment of specific health conditions have been further investigated with studies over the last decade.
Some of the conditions that IV treatments can support are:
Fibromyalgia: a randomized, double-blind, and placebo controlled study published in 2009 investigated the utility of intravenous vitamin infusions for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. The study participants received treatment once a week for eight weeks (the control group received a placebo - lactated ringers solution). The study suggested an improvement in the pain experienced in tender points, reduction in feelings of depression, and an improvement in quality of life. Differences between the groups were not statistically significant but the improvement in symptoms within-group differences reached statistical significance.
Chronic fatigue syndrome: Dr. John Myers, MD utilized a pre-determined formula to help support the treatment of a variety of conditions. His work found that the intravenous vitamin infusion were of significant benefit for the treatment of fatigue. The dubbed ‘Myers cocktail’ has been suggested to improve fatigue after a minimum of 1 weekly treatment for 4 weeks. The improvement lasted anywhere from a few days to a few months after treatment among patients.
Immune support: an important ingredient which can be added to the treatment to support immune function is ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). A 2018 research study found that the treatment of sepsis, a life threatening infection of the blood that can cause organ failure, with thiamine (Vitamin B1), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and hydrocortisone through IV therapy helped to restore normal immune function and reduce the risk for organ failure and death. Other ingredients which can be used in addition to the vitamin c to support immune function include zinc and selenium.
Much more: please schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians to discuss in more detail to see if IV therapy may be beneficial for you.
To receive an intravenous infusion the following steps need to be completed:
1. Schedule an initial IV therapy consultation with one of our Clinicians at NutriChem. During this appointment all pertinent health information is discussed, including but not limited to: health history, family health history, current health disorders, treatment goals, lifestyle and dietary habits, and more. This gives us the opportunity to screen for specific health conditions and assure that the IV therapy treatment is safe to receive. A physical exam is also done to check for clinical signs of conditions with a contraindication to IV fluids.
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2. Lab testing is scheduled to be done after the initial consultation. This blood work checks for proper functioning of important organs to make sure the IV therapy is safe to receive. Testing covers liver function, kidney function, complete blood count (CBC) with white blood cells (WBCs), electrolytes, and more depending on your specific case.
3. Call our clinic to schedule your intravenous infusion with one of our patient coordinators.