Intravenous Nutrient Therapy
IV Nutrient Therapy is an effective way to introduce vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This means the body receives 100% of the nutrients being given, with these nutrients immediately available for cell and tissue repair and detoxification.
Intravenous vitamin therapy is exceptionally powerful as the dosage of nutrients can be much higher than when given orally as you avoid side effects of oral dosing like stomach upset.
As well the dose of the nutrient is not limited by the absorption capacity of the gastrointestinal tract, if 100mg of a vitamin is given IV, the body receives 100mg of the vitamin; whereas with oral dosing, the health of the digestive tract can limit how much nutrient the digestive tract can absorb. So with IV therapy there is no loss of potency of the prescribed dose of the nutrient as 100% is available to the body in the bloodstream.
Why do I need nutrients?
Nutrients are the building blocks of our cells. Without nutrients the body cannot create energy, repair and detoxify. Our body is like an engine, nutrients are fuel to create energy, energy is used to live our lives and rebuild what is broken down, then like an engine the exhaust or waste products must be eliminated or detoxified to continue the energy production cycle.
The body acquires nutrients from the foods that we eat, and then we depend on the absorption of our digestive tract to bring those nutrients to our cells and tissues. Unfortunately, the capacity of the gastrointestinal tract to absorb nutrients can often be compromised by many factors such as stress, food intolerances, inflammation, age and infection.
Gut dysfunction is common and can lead to severe fatigue, struggling to get through the day, headaches, poor sleep and low mood. IV therapy gives the body the nutrients it needs to heal and repair, bypassing any absorption issues. Once the body is healed and can absorb nutrients more effectively IV therapy frequency can be reduced or discontinued.
Is IV nutrient therapy a treatment that may benefit me?
IV nutrient therapy is recommended by Dr. Moss for general health goals such as to increase overall energy, speed recovery from injury or surgery, calm the nervous system and improve mood and support the immune system during times of infection.
IV nutrient therapy is also used for more specific health conditions such as:
migraine, tension headaches
chronic fatigue syndrome; fibromyalgia
acute muscle spasm
integrative cancer care
upper respiratory tract infection
How often do people receive IV nutrient therapy?
Frequency of treatment depends on each individual's needs. Typically, a patient will receive one IV per week for 1-3 weeks and then reduce the frequency based on treatment response and goals. Maintenance treatments may be once a month or once a season. Some people will come in for several treatments in a row during certain times of the year, around an athletic race time, during flu season, during higher times of physical or mental stress to support overall health and performance.
What can I expect from an intravenous nutrient treatment?
During an IV treatment you may be seated comfortably in Dr. Moss's office or may choose to rest laying down on the treatment table. The treatment takes 20-60 minutes depending on the size of the infusion and the chosen infusion rate. During the treatment you may rest quietly, or you can choose to read or listen to music. How you feel after the infusion is individual, some people feel an immediate boost of energy, others feel more relaxed and others can feel tired. Your response really depends on your individually physiology and how your body needs to use the nutrients right now.
How do I prepare for an IV treatment?
Please come hydrated to your appointment, this makes finding a vein for the IV much easier to find. As well, we recommend eating a light snack within 1-2 hours prior to the IV to prevent low blood sugar during the treatment.