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. It is 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 like the rapid usage by the
body's cells of Vitamin C during a cold or flu. Some specific
conditions respond well to high doses of certain nutrients like the
use of high-dose intravenous Vitamin C in the treatment of cancer.
Naturopathic physicians are trained in the safe administration of
intravenous therapies and are licensed to prescribe intravenous