IV Nutrient Therapy

Posted: Feb 15, 2022 By: Comment: 0

Intravenous nutrient therapy (colloquially referred to as “vitamin drips”) is gaining quite a lot of mainstream attention in the last few years. Let’s unpack exactly what it is, why, benefits and some of the controversaries.

What is IV Nutrient Therapy?

Easily put – it is what it says it is. This is a method of delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream of a patient through a drip. These nutrients can include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, coenzymes and medications. We often use combinations of products as well when administering IV nutrients.

Why would do IV Nutrient Therapy?

When administering these IVs, we are delivering the product directly into the blood stream which means that that which is given, is 100% absorbed. This would be ideal in a person with gut issues or malabsorption problems where the vitamins and minerals taken in orally with both food and supplements is not thoroughly or even barely absorbed. This then leads to deficiencies and clinical effects.

Gut issues aside, we use IVs to boost health – this is definitely not a substitute for a good diet and lifestyle but rather additive. We also use nutrients to get rid of toxins by enhancing our own detoxification pathways and supporting the detox organs.

What benefits can be expected?

  • Improvement of fatigue and boosting energy
  • Post Covid-19 recovery
  • Enhancing athletic and sports performance
  • Assists the recovery process of exercise, stress, alcohol intake and surgical procedures
  • Immune support
  • Enhancing weight loss efforts and promoting fat loss
  • Supporting the detoxification process of environmental toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis

The Controversy

Conventional medicine is quick to shoot down the use and clinical significance of IV nutrient therapy. But as I have mentioned before, people shoot down that which they don’t know or don’t understand. Why would one NOT want to administer something that we take in everyday orally to achieve 100% availability and effect? (rhetorical question)

Let’s will use magnesium as an example here. Magnesium is used in conventional medicine on protocols and recommended treatment guidelines to treat eclampsia and heart dysthymias such as Torsades and atrial fibrillation – all of which are medical emergencies. We use magnesium in many of our protocols to optimise health with IV nutrient therapy. It is safe and clinically effective.

There is a vast scope of practice for IV nutrient therapy which is clinically proven safe and effective with evidence based medicine to support this.

Is it safe?

The majority of IV nutrient therapy ingredients are compounded by compounding pharmacies. A compounding pharmacy is one which makes these products for IV use themselves. Most IV ingredients are not available from retail pharmacies and hence, compounded by others.

The quality of items sources from compounding pharmacies varies. Some pharmacies do not meet the international standards needed to compound safe and effective items. We only use products from reputable and internationally accredited facilities at Elan HealthStyle. It is essential for a patient to know where the ingredients which are being administered are sourced from.

The Caveats…

IV nutrient therapy is a medical procedure. A medical device is placed in your vein to administer molecules that circulate in your body within seconds. These molecules have clinical effect. We want this clinical effect. Yet we also want to manage any unwanted clinical effects should they occur.

What am I getting at here? IV nutrient therapy is not a treatment which one should reduce to something as simple as ordering off a menu – which is what is happening in South Africa.

A resus trolley, informed consent and treatment protocols are essential in the practice in which the IV is administered. The IV should be administered by a medical doctor who has undergone formal training in the use of IV nutrient therapy. Protocols should be in place as to what bloods are needed beforehand, the time over which the IV should be run, the rate of infusion and the potential side effects.

IV Nutrient therapy should be personalised to the patient based on symptoms, complaints, expectations, and existing blood results.

Caveats aside, IV Nutrient Therapy in the right patient is a remarkable way of improving and facilitating health and wellness. The future is bright when it comes to treatments and results obtained.

– Dr Allison Blair

IV nutrient therapy is available through Dr Blair here at Elan HealthStyle. She has undergone additional advanced training in IV nutrient therapy with integrative medical protocols.

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