IV Nutrient Therapy Phoenix: Give Your Health a Boost

Happy older coupleYou may be wondering why a doctor would recommend IV nutrient therapy when you could just as easily take oral medication. The reason is that when nutrients enter the body through the blood, they go directly to the cells without any interference from your digestive system such as malabsorption. This method of delivery ensures that a much higher level of the nutrients are delivered. So much so that the vitamins, minerals and nutrients can have a pharmacological effect not available with oral vitamin consumption. 

This method of administering vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream was first developed and tested by Dr. John Meyers at Johns Hopkins University in the 1970’s. These initial studies revealed that intravenous delivery of nutrients had an immediate positive effect on the nutritional balance and overall wellbeing of patients receiving treatment.

The initial combination of nutrients developed by Dr. Meyers became known as the “Meyers’ Cocktail.” It consisted of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C.  The use of IV nutritional therapy was further developed and improved by Dr. Alan Gaby who documented its therapeutic benefits through the documentation of approximately 1,000 patients who were treated and followed over more than 10 years. Today, IV nutritional therapy will be customized for each patient according to their individual needs. It may contain any or all of the following nutrients: magnesium, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin, glutathione, and vitamin C.

Over time, IV nutrients have been used to treat a number of ailments. It has been documented that some patients have seen significant improvement from IV nutritional therapy for the following conditions:

Pain Respiratory Other
Dysmenorrhea Asthma Digestive disorders
Fatigue Bronchitis Cancer patient support
Fibromyalgia Cold/Flu Dehydration
Headaches Seasonal allergic rhinitis Heat Exhaustion
Muscle spasms Sinusitis Hives
    Hyperthyroidism
Cardiovascular Mental Health Immune system support
Angina Anxiety Infection
Congestive heart failure Depression Narcotic withdrawal
Heart disease Stress Nutrient deficiencies
    Toxicity

Using a balanced approach to medicine, pulling from the benefits of Eastern and Western medicine, the doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine strive to use your body’s natural healing power to restore balance and overall wellness. IV nutrient therapy is an example of this approach. By providing the body with the nutrients it needs to fight off infection, illness and respond to outside stresses, you become empowered and enhance your quality of life.

If you are interested in exploring ways to improve your health without worrying about unwanted side effects or long-term consequences, you are invited to visit our naturopathic doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine. Before any recommendations are made, the doctor sits with each new patient for an hour and a half to learn everything he or she can about the person’s life. No two treatment plans are alike.