Exploring the Safety of IV Nutrient Therapy: Insights from a Naturopathic Perspective
In recent years, the popularity of intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy has surged, catching the attention of wellness enthusiasts seeking an alternative or complementary approach to address various health concerns. As a naturopathic doctor (ND), I’m frequently asked about the safety and efficacy of this treatment. In this blog, I’m exploring the safety of IV nutrient therapy. Let’s delve into the intricacies of IV nutrient therapy to understand its safety profile and considerations.
I first was registered to do IV therapy in 2012. So I’ve treated a lot of patients with this type of therapy. I’ve blogged about various aspects of the benefits before, but what about the safety? How do we keep you or your loved one receiving the treatment, safe?
Understanding IV Nutrient Therapy
IV nutrient therapy involves delivering a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream. By bypassing the digestive system, this method allows for higher concentrations of nutrients to reach cells more efficiently, potentially offering quick relief from symptoms of deficiencies or aiding in the management of certain health conditions.
Expert Oversight: Administering IV therapy should be performed by trained healthcare professionals, such as naturopathic doctors in an approved environment to minimize risks. The College of Naturopathic Doctors regulates this therapy delivered by NDs, monitors and inspects the clinic to maintain safety for patients and the public. Not just anyone should be giving IV nutrients.
Customization: Tailoring the nutrient mixture to the individual’s specific needs is crucial. Factors like medical history, existing conditions, and current medications must be considered to prevent adverse reactions. At Rooted, we compound the IV bags on site, so we can tailor your treatments to you specifically.
Infection Risk: Any invasive procedure carries a slight risk of infection. However, with proper clean technique and skilled administration, this risk is significantly mitigated. At Rooted, we have never had an infection following an IV treatment for our patients over the last 10+ years.
Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may be allergic to certain components of the IV cocktail. A comprehensive health assessment can help identify potential allergens. Over the last 10+ years, we have had one patient have an allergic reaction to IVs. They had hives start to appear at the beginning of the treatment. We stopped the treatment and the hives subsided. This is very rare but we are monitoring you constantly just in case.
Electrolyte Imbalance: Monitoring electrolyte levels is essential to prevent imbalances that may occur with certain nutrient infusions. We require blood work to be updated every 12 months at minimum for our IV patients to make sure it continues to be a safe option for you.
Ensuring Safety and Efficacy
- Thorough Assessment:
Health Evaluation: Prior to treatment, an evaluation is conducted to assess the patient’s health status, identifying deficiencies or conditions that may benefit from IV nutrient therapy. We make sure we have blood work on file and then discuss the right options for you before going ahead with the treatments.
- Quality Ingredients:
Supplement Quality: Using high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutrients ensures purity and minimizes the risk of contaminants. We order from reputable compounding pharmacies and compound our bags in house so they are as fresh as possible and increasingly reduce the risk of infection.
- Patient Education:
Informed Consent: Patients are always informed about the procedure, its potential benefits, and any associated risks to make informed decisions about their health. It’s always your right to consent or withdraw consent at any time. If you don’t want to do IVs anymore, that’s ok! We support your decisions about your healthcare.
- Monitoring and Follow-Up:
Ongoing Supervision: Regular monitoring during and after the treatment is crucial to assess the patient’s response and adjust the therapy if necessary. You will follow-up with your naturopathic doctor after a set amount of treatments or sooner if required to make sure you are seeing benefits.
IV nutrient therapy, when administered under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, can be a safe and effective way to address nutrient deficiencies or support certain health conditions.
As a naturopathic doctor, my commitment lies in providing holistic care that prioritizes both the safety and well-being of my patients. IV nutrient therapy, when used judiciously and in conjunction with a comprehensive health plan, can be a valuable tool in enhancing overall health and vitality.
See you soon in the IV Lounge,
Dr. Whitney Young ND