Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Therapy
Our diet should provide adequate levels of basic nutrients however due to chronic stress, environmental pollutants, nutrient depleted soil and genetic modification, nutrient status if often not even close to optimal.
Vitamin Infusion Therapy (IV Therapy) provides the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs, in the most efficient and effective way, powerfully igniting the healing process at a cellular level.
This specialized therapy allows nutrients to be absorbed much faster and at higher concentrations than in supplements to help prevent illness, treat acute or chronic health conditions or bring you back to your vibrant self after a long bout of acute stress.
Why IV Therapy?
IV therapy is a unique and powerful treatment option that is very useful for certain conditions because it achieves better results, faster. Whether you want to enhance your energy, improve your overall health, treat specific medical conditions, or maintain optimal health to prevent future conditions, nutrient IV therapy can replenish the nutrients your body needs for optimal health.
Dr. Smith will determine your personal needs and customize an infusion to help restore your health. See the list of infusions below.
Some conditions that benefit from IV Therapy:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Stress and burnout
- Pre and post athletic event/ Performance
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Acute viral illnesses and colds
- Parkinson’s disease
- Migraines & tension headaches
- Macular degeneration
- Chronic disease
- Chronic or acute muscle spasms
What to Expect
In order to receive IV therapy from and ND in Ontario, you have to be that doctor’s patient. If you are interested in this type of care, please book an appointment with Dr. Smith. She will review your medical history, family history and current health challenges in the consult and she may ascertain that some lab testing is required. If no testing is required before she prescribes the infusion, you can commence IV therapy right away.
You will then be taken to the IV suite, set up in a comfortable chair and the IV will be started. Once the IV is running you are free to read a book, have a cup of tea and a snack, or simply put your feet up and relax. You will be checked on periodically during your treatment.
Treatments most commonly take about 30 minutes but may take up to 120 minutes or longer depending on the type of IV prescribed. Treatment frequency varies and is dependant on a number of factors. It can range from weekly to monthly or as needed during times of high stress or immune challenge.
Common Questions About IV Therapy
Why not take oral vitamins?
Oral supplementation is often a very useful intervention and very effective. There are however, certain conditions or medical situations where getting a much larger dose than one can take orally and getting it directly at the cell level (bypassing digestion and absorption), is an extremely powerful therapy. With IV infusions of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, you can deliver high dose, quickly and get rapid transformations with certain conditions that you simply cannot even remotely achieve with oral dosing.
Does it hurt?
The only part that hurts very briefly is the poke at the beginning. Dr. Smith uses flexible angiocatheters so there is actually no needle sitting in your arm so you can have a painless, relaxed experience and even move your arm if necessary. It is not at all like getting an IV in your hand in the hospital – it is far more relaxed and far less painful.
Is it safe?
NDs who administer IVs have an entirely separate and additional license to do so, and to maintain that license they have to do regular continuing education. Our regulatory body ensures that we are highly trained and continue to be. IV trained NDs assess their patients for candidacy and are discerning. There are always some minor risks when injecting into the bloodstream however there are no preservatives in the vitamins so it is very well tolerated. There are some rare risks of bruising or of an irritated vein, however Dr. Smith will go over this with you in the office. IV therapy is extremely safe and effective.
How should I prepare for my session?
Feed and water yourself! Hydration is important and having eating within 3 hours also helps stabilize the body.