Intravenous Vitamin Therapy – What, Why, Where, How?

You may have heard about intravenous vitamin therapy recently. But what is it exactly? It dates back from 1960’s when Dr. John Myers first administered a “cocktail” of vitamins and minerals to his patients suffering from various medical conditions. The Myers Cocktail, a well-known iv drip, was named after him. To learn more about vitamin IV therapy, read on.

WHAT IS IT?

The British Nutrition Foundation defines intravenous vitamin therapy as:

“Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a method of administering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. ‘Alternative therapy’ clinics recommend this for a variety of conditions including cancer, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma, fibromyalgia (widespread pain), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, hepatitis, depression, Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration.”

WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE IT?

IV drip treatment is not a one size fits all solution to your health issues. It is customized to address specific individual needs.

WHERE CAN YOU GET ONE?

Numerous IV drip spas are in Toronto. The question is where you should get one? As a customer, accessibility and comfort are of utmost importance. Patients prefer a clinic with parking space, comfortable lounge chairs, a quiet atmosphere that foster relaxation, and wi-fi connectivity to mention a few. But is that all?

To ensure safety, you should seek Clinicians who are:

  • Board certified naturopathic doctors
  • Licensed to practice naturopathic medicine
  • Licensed to practice parenteral (IV) therapy

According to the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, those who are qualified to administer parenteral IV nutrition should complete the IVIT Certification Course:

“The IVIT Certification Course is designed to ensure Naturopathic Doctors have the competency to both safely and effectively compound sterile products for intravenous administration, obtain vascular access, and administer intravenous infusion therapeutics to patients under their care.”

Read full course description here.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Grace Gold, a freelance beauty writer, shared her experience in her article “I Tried an IV Drip for Younger-Looking Skin—Here’s What Happened” posted in the Women’s Health Magazine. She described the process below:

“After swiping and signing all liability away on an iPad, the smiling nurse first checked my blood pressure to make sure everything was normal. Then she inserted the IV drip, which felt like a bee sting-like pinch. IV therapy delivers nutrients to the body directly, bypassing the digestive process, which is why it’s supposed to have instant results. “You only absorb about 50 percent of the nutrients you ingest, but with an IV, that’s increased to about 90 percent,” Marissa Fisher, R.N., the registered nurse who administered my IV, explained while we chatted during the treatment.

I sat for about 45 minutes as the drip slowly worked its way into my veins. My arm definitely felt a bit funny—like the sensation you get after giving blood. While I waited for the IV to work its magic, Fisher told me she’d just given the same treatment to a model who was about to fly to Miami for a swimsuit shoot on the beach. “She wanted her skin to have that extra glow,” said Fisher.”

Read the full post on the treatment process here

Should you get an IV vitamin therapy yourself? If you want to improve your state of health and wellness, then this treatment could be worth a shot.

Contact Dr. Amauri Caversan,ND to book a complimentary 15-minutes consultation via phone or in-person.

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