Ad­vanc­ing Medicine: IV NUTRIENT THER­APY

NICHE Magazne - - Romantic Fantasy - by Kris­ten Bovee

Imag­ine sit­ting in a com­fort­able re­cliner chair with a fuzzy blan­ket over you. It's the mid­dle of the day and you are rest­ing nicely in a calmly lit room with gen­tle mu­sic in the back­ground. You have one hour to take a rest, read a book you've been mean­ing to start, or pe­ruse a magazine, all the while do­ing some­thing ex­cel­lent for your health and well-be­ing. No, you are not in your liv­ing room try­ing to catch up rest where there are a mil­lion other things you should be do­ing. You are in an IV Well­ness Lounge, be­ing in­fused with nu­tri­ents that are doc­tor pre­scribed specif­i­cally for you to im­prove your health.

As a natur­o­pathic doc­tor, I have been trained to ad­min­is­ter in­tra­venous and in­tra­mus­cu­lar in­jec­tions of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, home­o­pathics, and botan­i­cals for many med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions. In­tra­venous ad­min­is­tra­tion of nu­tri­ents is not a new part of medicine but it is an es­sen­tial ap­proach to in­te­gra­tive and ad­vanced medicine that has ad­van­tages over other ap­proaches when treat­ing chronic or acute con­di­tions or sim­ply op­ti­miz­ing health.

Why is IV ther­apy used in­stead of oral ad­min­is­tra­tion?

When nu­tri­ents are in­fused into a vein or in­jected in­tra­mus­cu­larly, a few things hap­pen bio­chem­i­cally:

1. 100% ad­min­is­tra­tion of the dose en­ters the body. This is nec­es­sary for peo­ple with ab­sorp­tion issues such as celiac dis­ease, in­flam­ma­tory bowel disor­ders, di­ges­tive en­zyme de­fi­cien­cies, chronic di­ar­rhea, or for those who are de­pleted from dis­ease or in­fec­tion.

2. Bio­chem­i­cal changes take ef­fect im­me­di­ately. Our cells can uti­lize nu­tri­ents and wa­ter more ef­fi­ciently. Tak­ing a sup­ple­ment or con­sum­ing nu­tri­ents orally are first sent to the liver once ab­sorbed through the gut wall. This means we may process nu­tri­ents be­fore it gets to our tis­sue.

3. Higher doses of nu­tri­ents can be in­fused in a shorter amount of time. This is im­por­tant for when ther­a­peu­tic doses such as vi­ta­min C is needed. High dose vi­ta­min

C ther­apy is used natur­o­path­i­cally for can­cer treat­ment and its ef­fec­tive­ness is based on its el­e­vated con­cen­tra­tion in the blood stream.

Who should have IV vi­ta­min ther­apy?

There are many cases where vi­ta­min ther­apy can ben­e­fit. It is safe, mostly pain­less and easy to ad­min­is­ter. In less se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tions, peo­ple can use IV ther­apy to re­hy­drate them­selves af­ter an ath­letic event, a long flight, or af­ter too much al­co­hol con­sump­tion - the hangover cure. It is also ef­fec­tive for peo­ple who want a quick en­ergy boost, need to boost their im­mune sys­tem when fight­ing an in­fec­tion, help to op­ti­mize their nu­tri­ents dur­ing an ath­letic event, treat headaches, or help with hor­mone bal­anc­ing. One of the best ben­e­fits I see in IV ther­apy is for re­hy­dra­tion; our bod­ies work best when op­ti­mally hy­drated.

In more se­ri­ous cases, IV ther­apy is used in can­cer treat­ment, fi­bromyal­gia, chronic fa­tigue, au­toim­mune con­di­tions, celiac dis­ease, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, men­tal disor­ders, and for detox­i­fi­ca­tion of tox­ins, drugs or med­i­ca­tions. These con­di­tions re­quire closely mon­i­tored care with a natur­o­pathic physi­cian.

What should I ex­pect dur­ing a visit?

For your first IV ther­apy visit, a natur­o­pathic doc­tor will do a short health in­take to iden­tify any con­traindi­ca­tions with any med­i­cal con­di­tions you have and med­i­ca­tions you are tak­ing. They will per­form a screen­ing phys­i­cal exam and sug­gest any test­ing needed prior to treat­ment. They will for­mu­late an IV specif­i­cally for your case. The in­tra­venous is ad­min­is­tered by a doc­tor or IV nurse and you are mon­i­tored through­out your treat­ment, which typ­i­cally take about one hour to ad­min­is­ter. For quick ‘boosts', in­tra­mus­cu­lar in­jec­tions of nu­tri­ents at lower doses (usu­ally B 12, B vi­ta­mins, home­o­pathics, and or amino acids) are used, and these take only a few minutes. For more com­pli­cated med­i­cal con­di­tions, you may be re­quired to work long term and closely with a natur­o­pathic physi­cian to mon­i­tor your safely.

There are many ben­e­fits to IV ther­apy and is the rea­son why I have been us­ing this ap­proach with my pa­tients since I be­gan prac­tice 15 years ago. It helps pa­tients feel bet­ter faster, gets to the root cause of dis­ease, and sup­ports detox­i­fi­ca­tion of our cells and or­gans to op­ti­mize their func­tion. IV ther­apy can be ad­min­is­tered to most peo­ple of all ages and con­di­tions; the ba­sic im­prove­ment of hy­drat­ing the body will make one feel bet­ter al­most in­stantly. This is the beauty of ad­vanced natur­o­pathic medicine.

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