IV nutrient therapy is the process of providing vital nutrients to the body via the bloodstream by accessing the vein with a small needle. The nutrients can be a small amount injected slowly with a syringe over 5 to 15 minutes or a larger quantity in an IV bag dripped in slowly for 30 minutes to 4 hours. The intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver fluids throughout the body. The advantage is that 100 per cent of the nutrients injected reach their target organ and tissue since the digestive tract is bypassed.
Historically used to support cancer patients, IV therapy has shown great utility in treating multiple sclerosis, fatty liver disease, chronic fatigue, immune disorders, poor nutrition, vitamin deficiency and numerous digestive system diseases. As a specialized therapy, intravenous treatments require appropriate bloodwork and history in order to prepare the ideal combination of nutrients.
General Facts about IV Therapy:
May be used in situations requiring the need to supplement vitamins, minerals, amino acids, botanicals and homeopathic remedies in order to achieve a therapeutic goal
May be used to nourish organs and tissues in an efficient and rapid manner
Conditions Addressed with IV Nutrition
IV nutrition (also known as parenteral IV therapy) benefits a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Migraines & tension headaches
- Macular degeneration
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic disease
- Chronic or acute muscle spasms
- Acute viral illnesses and colds
Popular IV Types:
“High Level Vitamin C” is one of the most widely used IVs. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body as it protects the body from the formation of damaging free radicals, reduces cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, supports the immune system, increases cardiac performance, supports detoxification pathways, aids in the formation of neurotransmitters and prevents several types of cancer. Vitamin C is an anti-allergic, supports collagen formation, supports normal hormonal formation and functioning, has an anti-stress effect and is a natural laxative.
“Myer’s Cocktail” is an intravenous vitamin and mineral protocol developed by Dr. John Myer at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. It contains a combination of vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Myer’s Cocktail has been used to treat acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, migraines, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, depression and muscle spasms.
There are a variety of other options as well.
Curriculum includes coursework, lab studies and clinical education in a medical setting.
Students learn to correctly administer and collect fluids to and from patients, as well as the legal and ethical aspects involved in IV therapy.
Once students complete the program and pass a written examination, they can obtain state certification, and IV therapy certification is added to their nursing licence.