Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

IV Nutrients – Background

Intravenous nutrient therapy is the process of administering essential and important nutrients directly to the bloodstream. This is achieved by using a small needle that is placed into a vein on the hand or forearm.  IV nutrients are slowly pushed into the vein over 5 to 15 minutes or dripped into the vein slowly over 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the solution used.


Benefits of IV Nutrients

The main benefit to administering vitamins, minerals amino acids and other substances by IV is the high nutrient concentrations that can be achieved. This means that more nutrients are available to target tissue.  For example in order for nutrients to be in high enough concentration to reach the brain, oral supplementation usually does not suffice.  Lack of stomach acid, age and certain illnesses such as cancer and inflammatory bowel disease all reduce the body’s ability to breakdown and absorb certain nutrients.  The IV route of administration eliminates dependence on the digestive tract.

There are many more benefits of IV nutrient therapy, depending on which substances are used.  IV therapy is often recommended for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, malabsorption syndromes (gastritis, ulcers, colitis), post surgery to help healing, for immune stimulation (flu, viral infections, etc), diabetes and cancer.


Types of IV Nutrient Solutions:

The Meyer’s Cocktail is a nutrient solution containing vitamins, minerals and select antiviral/antibacterial homeopathic or botanical agents.  It is an effective immune system booster for treating difficult chronic or acute infections including: Lyme disease, Epstein Barr, and Hepatitis. It also helps alleviate pain associated with arthritis or fibromyalgia.  Neurological conditions as well as depression, anxiety and insomnia may also benefit from Myers Cocktail type IV’s.

IV Vitamin C along with Vitamin K3 can be an important adjunctive therapy for cancer patients.  At high doses (that can only be achieved with the IV route), vitamin C acts as a chemotherapeutic agent, though it does not damage healthy cells.  Studies show that using IV vitamin C with conventional treatments increases survival, and helps reduce tumor size better than chemotherapy on its own.

In patients with Parkinson’s, IV nutrient therapies, such as glutathione are used to decrease the progress of the disease and to diminish symptoms including tremors. In addition, IV glutathione is extremely effective in reducing depression and balancing the serotonin levels in the brain. 

Homeopathic IV preparations can also given by IV to help decrease inflammation in both acute (ie. post-accident) and chronic (ie. arthritis) conditions. 
IV Chelating agents and minerals are used in heavy metal toxicity, and are effective at binding toxins so that they can be excreted via the urine or by the bowels.  Chelation is also used to treat high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis. Substances such as phosphatidylcholine and calcium EDTA are used to help break up arterial plaque and increase blood flow.

Most people can tolerate IV nutrient therapies without any problems.  If you suffer from kidney or heart disease or high blood pressure kidney function tests may first be performed prior to IV therapy.  Please inform us of any allergies you may have.

Further, it is possible to have local reactions, including swelling and bruising at the injection site.  The use of hypertonic solutions (especially high dose vitamin C) may cause veins to become irritated or inflamed.  Local complications usually resolve with minimal intervention and the vast majority of patients do not experience any side effects to IV therapy.

Vanessa Ingraham