Intravenous therapy is used by naturopathic physicians to prescribe and administer certain nutrients. Accessing the bloodstream directly allows nutrients to bypass absorption by the digestive tract, which can sometimes be compromised by various illnesses. A common injection might be the use of vitamin B 12 to correct a B12 deficiency, reduce inflammation or help with energy or weight loss or a “Meyer’s cocktail” to add electrolytes, magnesium and vitamin C to help with tissue recovery and energy. Injectables are a way of ensuring complete absorption of nutrients, which is valuable when specific or large doses of these nutrients are required.
Absorption of vitamins intravenously differs from getting them in food or in a supplement. When we ingest nutrients, those nutrients have to be absorbed by the cells lining the intestines in order to reach our bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, they can be delivered all over the body to the cells and tissues that need them. However, if the cells in the intestine are unable to absorb nutrients efficiently, a person may not feel any benefit from the nutrients. When nutrients are administered intravenously, the precise amount prescribed gets delivered to the bloodstream, ensuring more efficient delivery of these nutrients to the body’s cells and tissues.
Certain nutrients may be deficient in the body due to impaired digestive function which limits absorption of nutrients from food or there may be an increased demand for certain nutrients to be used as a therapy for certain conditions. Naturopathic physicians are trained in the safe administration of intravenous therapies and are licensed to prescribe intravenous nutrients.