Intravenous nutrient therapy (IV Therapy) is the infusion of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, directly into the circulation for replenishment or elevation to therapeutic levels.
An experienced team for patients who have significant medical concerns: At Acacia, we have the experience and expertise to safely deliver IV therapy. Acacia practitioners tend to see people with complex needs and significant health challenges, and we know that this diverse population requires extra care and attention.
We are skilled in the selection and management of IV therapy, and do so with the caution and care you would expect for this type of treatment. We do not offer a choose-your-own IV therapy menu, because we feel a duty to provide IV therapy only when medically necessary, under the guidance of an experienced doctor.
Evidence suggests it can be of benefit in the following conditions:
Myers Cocktail and Nutrient IV Therapy formulas are altered to meet a specific client’s conditions and individual needs. Treatments may be needed 1-3 times a week, for several weeks, then less frequently thereafter to maintain benefit.
To ensure the proper formulation of any IV Therapy for each patient, and for patient safety, we require a 90-minute initial consultation (for new patients). We may request a baseline blood test before the first treatment.
On treatment days, patients sit in our comfortable IV therapy chairs in our designated IV room. We provide water or herbal/green tea. Patients are encouraged to bring a small snack.
For the duration of the treatment patients can read, use iPads or personal computers, listen to music, enjoy a cup of tea and snack as needed. There is a small amount of discomfort with the insertion of the catheter, but after that the treatment is typically painless.
Book a free 15-minute meet & greet consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors to explore if IV Therapy is the right treatment for you.
Magnesium is useful for recovery from athletic performance, relaxation of muscles in spasm, asthma, tension & migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, elevated blood pressure, anxiety and panic disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and more.
Intravenous vitamin C is used in high doses to treat cancer and chronic infections. In high doses achieved by IV, vitamin C creates hydrogen peroxide radicals which are pro-oxidant and function to kill cancer cells while healthy cells remain unaffected. At Acacia, we are now following the University of Kansas high dose IV vitamin C protocol that has been studied, and continues to be studied, for its use in a variety of cancers. We have also found these IVs very useful in treating chronic infections (lung and liver) and in supporting Lyme patients.
B vitamins are added to the Myers cocktail as they are implicated in supporting a wide range of conditions, such as depression, autism, chronic stress and fatigue, and iron or B12 anemias. They are often poorly absorbed orally, while intravenous or intramuscular administration bypasses the digestive system and reaches therapeutic levels faster.
Chelation Therapy is the use of synthetic amino acids to bind heavy metals and remove them from the body. It can be given through intravenous and oral routes. This therapy has been found effective in heart disease, degenerative neurological diseases and heavy metal toxicity.
Glutathione (GSH) is the liver’s most powerful antioxidant and is important in cell protection against free radical damage. It is also a cofactor for many enzyme systems and plays a significant role in neurotransmitter synthesis through several prominent metabolic pathways. GSH reduces the pro-inflammatory potential of many substances released during inflammation. Clinically it is found that glutathione is not well absorbed orally; therefore, it is often administered intravenously. Low levels of glutathione have been associated with:
This recent study demonstrates symptomatic relief with IV Glutathione for patients with Parkinson’s disease:
Phosphatidylcholine is a substance found in high quantities in cell membranes and is used by the body for numerous activities. In the brain, it is used to produce acetylcholine – an important neurotransmitter for memory formation. It is also an essential part of methylation pathways, and is vital in the proper transport of fat in the body as well as the production of healthy levels of all forms of cholesterol. This is a critically important nutrient in the human body with great potential for liver, heart and nervous system disorders such as:
Recent research demonstrating phosphatidylcholines effectiveness:
MSM (also known as Methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur containing molecule that is most commonly known for its benefits in the treatment of osteoarthritis in combination with glucosamine. MSM has been implicated in functioning as an anti-inflammatory by decreasing inflammatory substance production (thereby working as an analgesic), having free radical scavenging activity, as well as anti-atherosclerotic action. Similar to other nutrients, it is better absorbed intravenously, therefore allowing you to reach a therapeutic dose faster. In addition to osteoarthritis, it is shown to be beneficial for other forms of arthritis and joint inflammation, as well as improving muscles recovery from exercise through its antioxidant activity.
Wormwood is a long-time reliable anti-parasitic and anti-microbial herb that is effective in killing many organisms. We offer this as an IV to aid in Lyme and Co-Infection treatments, as well as other chronic infections. Conventionally, it is used as a treatment for malaria.