Parenteral therapies and intravenous nutrient therapy
IV nutrient therapy is the process of giving vital nutrients to the body via the bloodstream by accessing the vein with a small needle. The nutrients can be a small amount that is pushed in slowly with a syringe over 5 to 15 minutes or a larger quantity in an IV bag that is dripped in slowly over 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the solution being given. The advantage is that 100% of the nutrients injected reach their target organ and tissue, as they bypass the digestive tract. The absorption of anything ingested orally (by mouth), depends on the integrity of the digestive tract; if there are any digestive problems ( IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Gastritis, Ulcers, Colitis, Chronic Diarrhea, Celiac, Food Intolerances, etc.) the rate of nutrient absobtion is greatly diminished, leading in time to severe nutritional deficiencies. Mineral deficiencies are epidemic now also due to food processing and the gradual demineralization of the soil from modern agricultural practices. Depleted soils, combined with poor dietary choices, often create a nutritional wasteland and an inefficient digestive system. People often need intravenous IVs until the gut heals.
IV therapy can be used in situations where we need to supplement vitamins, minerals, amino-acids, botanicals, homeopathic remedies, in order to achieve a therapeutic goal, or if we need to nourish organs and tissues in a more efficient and rapid manner. A deficit of nutrients, or the state of toxicity/oxidation in the body, can be assessed through various laboratory testing, readily available at our office. The results can add valuable information to the therapeutic management of the health issues that patients present with, such as, but not limited to: low immunity, fatigue, insomnia, pain from inflammatory conditions (arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia), diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart conditions, increased blood pressure, accelerated aging conditions, cancer, skin disorders, premature aging of the skin (wrinkles, dehydration), muscle pains, hormonal dysfunctions (low libido, erectile dysfunction, menopause and andropause).
All the IV therapies are patient customized, to have condition specific therapeutic effects.
One of the most widely used IV therapies is High Level Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body as it protects the body against the formation of damaging free radicals, reduces cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, supports the immune system, increases cardiac performance, supports detoxification pathways, aids in the formation of neurotransmitters and prevents several types of cancer. Vitamin C is an anti-allergic, supports collagen formation, supports normal hormonal formation and functioning, has an anti-stress effect and it is a natural laxative.
Another popular IV is the Myer’s Cocktail, an intravenous vitamin and mineral protocol developed by Dr. John Myer at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. It contains a combination of Vitamin B complex, Calcium, Magnesium and Vit. C. Meyer’s Cocktail has been used to treat acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, migraines, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, depression, muscle spasms.
This form of parenteral therapy, (parenteral = by-passing the digestive tract), was discovered in 1955 in France by a physician called Michel Pistor. It involves procedures in which minute doses of liquid homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, botanicals, etc., are injected repeatedly into the middle layer of the skin (mesoderm), for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. Mesotherapy has local, regional and general effects. The mesoderm serves as a reservoir from where the substances injected are slowly released into the body.
The various uses for therapeutic mesotherapy include pain management for musculoskeletal disorders (arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuralgias, and fibromyalgia), vascular diseases (venous stasis and lymphedema), and lipomas.
Cosmetic mesotherapy is used for reducing adipose tissue, weight loss, cellulite, wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation and rehydration, anti-aging, non-surgical face-lifting, hair loss, scar revision.
Biopuncture is a parenteral therapy that uses small amounts of therapeutic substances, such as botanical medicines, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and minerals, on acupuncture points, trigger points and other referral zones. Most of these injections are given into the skin or into muscles.
Products commonly used in Biopuncture are, for example, arnica, Echinacea, nux vomica and chamomile. Arnica is used for muscle pain, Nux Vomica is injected for digestive problems, Echinacea is used to increase the natural defense system of the body, Ubicoenzyme to support the Kreb’s cycle to improve healing and support energy production. Lymphomyosot is used for lymphatic drainage, Traumeel for inflammation and sports injuries, Spascupreel for muscular cramps. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients can also be injected and the most common one is vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 injections remain the gold standard for administering B12 and it is most commonly used in cases of B12 deficiency anemia, fatigue, nervous system disorders, and heart disease. There are many other available cocktails of natural products.
Biopuncture is a safe and efficient technique in complementary medicine. It uses biological injections to stimulate the natural self-healing capacities of your body. These micro doses “wake up” mechanisms, which are available anyway to the body, they just need a “boost”.
Dr. Hana Weidenfeld is the doctor in our clinic that provides the above therapies. Please contact our receptionist if you’d like to book a visit with her.