With the latest craze in Vitamin Drip Therapy, there is some scepticism that comes with anything that appears to be in vogue. Does it work? Why would I consider it? Who does it benefit? What is the cost?
I have been practicing Naturopathic Medicine for over a decade and Intravenous therapy for almost as long; and have seen my share of supplement phases come and go. I do think, however, that IV Vitamin Drips are here to stay. Why? Because they work!
The biggest reason I use IV Vitamin Therapy is for cancer care.
This involves fairly high doses of Vitamin C injected into the vein. Dr. Google definitely has some mixed review, to say the least but there is evidence out there my friends! Evidence indeed! A group of researchers in Japan studied High Dose Vitamin C in patients newly diagnosed with cancer. Quality of Life (QOL) was assessed prior to IVC, during the 2nd week and during the 4th week of IVC therapy. It was found that overall, IVC tended to significantly improve scores in global health, physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning at 4 weeks after IVC. IVC therapy also improved scores for the following symptoms: fatigue, pain, insomnia, and constipation.
The other most common reason I use Vitamin therapy (typically a complex formula with B vitamins and mineral) is for fatigue and immune support. This is what most ND’s call a “Myers Cocktail”. I notice an increase in energy with patients, a general sense of wellbeing, AND fewer colds and cases of flu typically throughout the year.
There are many other indications for IV therapy as well- fertility, skin therapy, detoxification and more.
Each treatment is designed by me, the practitioner, specifically to you. How many would you need? That’s up for discussion, but typically it ranges from 1-6 treatments, or for some, ongoing weekly or monthly.
Cost ranges from $120-$250 depending on the formula.
The most important thing you can do if seeking an IV Vitamin Drip is to find a qualified practitioner. Make sure they are licensed by the College of Naturopaths to do so, and that they take the time to ensure any safety measures are met (such as lab testing, intake visit to ensure it’s right for you, etc.)