IV Therapy in Edmonton
Our Naturopaths are Leaders in Vitamin IV Therapy in Edmonton.
You can usually get an IV on your first visit.
Call (780) 757-8378 to book your IV Vitamin therapy.
Edmonton's Top IV Drips
Our Naturopathic Doctors commonly offer IV Drips for these conditions:
Can also respond well to IV Therapy:
and many more!
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We love using IV Vitamin Therapy for rapid results.
- IV Vitamin C "IVC"
- IV Mistletoe Injections
- IV Curcumin Infusions
- IV Alpha Lipoic Acid Drips "ALA"
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TruMed offers high dose IV Vitamin C for Cancer Therapy.
Vitamin C Background Data - The mechanisms of intravenous Vitamin C are distinct from those of orally administered vitamin C.
Oral dosing achieves a maximum serum concentration of less than 0.25 mM due to the limited absorptive capacity of the gastrointestinal tract.
With regards to low doses, in a study comparing a low dose of 1.25 g oral versus 1.25g IV vitamin C administration, there was a 6.6-fold greater plasma concentration achieved by the IV route over the oral route
Just for context, in our clinic, the lowest dose of Vitamin C we adminster is 5 grams intravenously.
With regards to high dose IV Vitamin C, it can increase serum levels more than 100-fold: up to 30 mM
Vitamin C Cancer Data - Vitamin C is a well known anti-oxidant when taken orally, however when our Naturopaths administer high dose Vitamin C for cancer treatment it is thought to stimulate production of oxidative species which are associated with IV Vitamin C's antitumor and chemosensitizing effects. When we say "high dose" we're referring primarily to oxidative doses, which are generally thought to be above 25g although newer data demonstrates that lower doses do have oxidative effect albeit a transient one.
Moderate dose IV Vitamin C in humans have shown improvements in quality of life and cancer-related symptoms. We consider moderate dose IV Vitamin C to be in the range of 5 - 25g.
Intravenous administration achieves a high concentration of Vitamin C in the blood, it's distributed to extravascular spaces and identical concentrations are achieved both in the plasma and in extracellular fluid.
In the extracellular fluid Vitamin C is oxidized (loses an electron becomes an ascorbate radical.)
Through electron transfer by a metal catalyst (copper or iron) the electron it gives out is transferred to an O2 molecule to make superoxide and then through superoxide dismutation (two hydrogens combine with superoxide) and hydrogen peroxide is produced (along with molecular oxygen) which is typically metabolized to water and oxygen according via catalase in normal cells.
Tumor cells lack catalase, leaving them vulnerable to hydrogen peroxide and in addition to this tumor cells selectively take up more vitamin C compared to normal cells through upregulated transport by glucose transporters (GLUT) due to their increased metabolic need for glucose.
Because of the oxidative mechanism, synergy is expected between oxidative cancer therapies like high dose IV Vitamin C and Hyperbaric Oxygen.
Vitamin C Infectious Data - Several mechanisms of action have been proposed for this potential benefit.
Vitamin C is necessary for neutrophil function, as they typically accumulate ascorbic acid at eighty times the plasma concentration. Vitamin C can stimulate the production of interferon and other anti-viral cytokines, while down regulating inflammation, as well as direct antiviral properties such as hindering viral infection, replication and protein assembly.
The direct anti-viral activity of Vitamin C has been studied extensively. In one study, for example, Vitamin C (in mM levels - only achievable through IV administration) dramatically reduced the ability of three different viral types (herpes simplex virus type 1, influenza virus type A, and picornaviridea virus 1) to infect cells.
Suspensions of herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2), cytomegalovirus, and parainfluenza virus type 2 were inactivated upon exposure to sodium ascorbate (also at pharmacologic concentrations in the millimolar range).
For most infections, our Naturopathic doctors use doses between 5 and 30grams of Vitamin C along with Zinc, Selenium and Hydrochloric acid.
See -Mikirova 2015 for more information on Vitamin C and Viral infections
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Our Naturopaths offer NAD+ IV Therapy Drips for Fatigue, Anti-aging and Withdrawal
"NAD+” and “NADH” refer to the oxidized and reduced forms respectively.
The average person has 3 grams of NAD in their body!
Orally, NR (nicotinamide riboside) and NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) are NAD precursors.
NAD+ levels decline with age and raising levels back up has shown benefits in a range of organisms.
Raising NAD+ levels in mice has shown to extend lifespan in various models.
NAD+ is involved at various points of the Krebs Cycle for energy production.
Because of its role in the Krebs Cycle - IV NAD is thought to synergize with Hyperbaric Oxygen.
Because of NAD's roles in the Krebs Cycle, we've seen it profoundly improve fatigue in some patients after intravenous administration.
NAD infusions appear to impact cognitive clarity and mood in some patients.
IV NAD dosed between 250-500mg with an administration time of 1-2 hours is a common dose strategy.
IV NAD is well known to be used for substance withdrawal (stimulants, opiates and alcohol)
NAD when an IV is given too rapidly can produce profound nausea.
IV NADH is also an option we work with for fatigue, as it has been studied in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
We've given thousands of Myers Vitamin Cocktails in Edmonton.
MYERS FACTS: The Myers' is a very simple, yet extremely versatile infusion.
The Myers' contains B-Vitamins, Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin C.
The Myers is best given as a short length, small volume IV drip or "push"
Originally, it was used for: Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Depression & Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
We expect additive action between administration of the Myers IV Therapy and Hyperbaric treatment
The addition of the Myers' to a NAD+ IV can result in enhanced action of NAD+.
We've seen it profoundly improve fatigue and mood in many patients.
Frequently given 1x weekly for 3-4 weeks to build up cellular and blood levels.
Higher infusion rapidity and concentration can result in enhanced effects.
Additives such as selenium, zinc, taurine & adenosylcobalamin are frequently used.
Occasionally, the addition of intramuscular B12 can prolong infusion benefits.
Top IV Therapy Ingredients
Although severe thiamine deficiency can cause brain damage, mild thiamine deficiency can result in fatigue and difficulty concentrating and poor memory. That's why Thiamine has been studied in post infectious fatigue and exercise induced fatigue.
Our Naturopaths usually add 200-400mg of Thiamine to our Energy IVs to ramp up energy. We also add B1 to B12 shots for various conditions for an added kick (sciatica, post-herpetic neuralgia, and others). Thiamine is a crucial ingredient in our IV Vitamin Therapies.
B2 - Riboflavin! The precursor to Krebs cycle FAD (it's the coenzyme form) so it's also intimately involved in energy production which is why our Naturopathic doctors add additional Riboflavin to our Vitamin IVs which was a lacking component of the classic Myers Cocktail IV.
Riboflavin is what gives a B-Complex it's characteristic yellow color (and causes the yellow urine after having B Vitamins!) Our Naturopaths use the form Riboflavin-5-Phosphate (biologically active form of B2) in our IV drips.
Because of Riboflavin's role in energy production it's used at our Naturopath clinic as part of migraine prevention protocols and of course is added to our migraine IVs for this reason!
B3 - B3 occurs naturally in 2 forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide) - we use Niacinamide primarily at our Naturopath clinic primarily because it's the principal form used in IV Vitamin Therapy and it's far better tolerated orally than niacin which can give a wicked rush of heat to the uninitiated!
Our Naturopaths love B3 because it is a precursor to NAD+ - nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (oxidized!!) which plays a role in the the Krebs cycle and in the electron-transport chain as NADH (reduced form). But we also love giving pure NAD+ IV - we've seen it give an awesome energy boost in our Edmonton clients!
B12 is involved in the synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe!) and SAMe is used to make Serotonin and Dopamine (Tyrosine & Tryptophan Hydroxylase) so our Naturopathic Doctors use a lot of B12 for improving energy and mood as both IV and IM B12 (shots!!).
Since its discovery in 1948, vitamin B12 given by intramuscular injection (IM) "B12 shots" have had a reputation of being a “tonic,” capable of improving fatigue, mood, and overall well-being in certain people who are not necessarily deficient in the vitamin!
Our Naturopaths can give B12 shots at our Edmonton clinic. B12 shots are a quick and cheap solution to improving energy, focus and mood. For some patients we give B12 shot syringes to take home so that they or their partner can administer the treatment.
Effective vitamin B12 therapy often consists of a 5000 μg (micrograms or 5mg) shot once a week for 4 weeks, then once monthly. In many patients, supplementation with vitamin B12 orally (sublingual B12) in doses of 1000-5000 μg/day may control symptoms and and prolong the time between injections. B12 orally is usually insufficient for producing a robust effect but can easily prolong the effect of an injection.
B12 given IV can allow our Naturopaths to give doses that are much higher than what's achievable with a B12 shot. We can give IV doses between 5 to 25mg easily or up to 50mg with more concentrated B12 formulations.
Two IV bags are used: One with vitamin C and another with Glutathione. The skin lightening properties of IV Glutathione Infusions is thought to be primarily related to stimulation of lighter pheomelanin pigment synthesis rather than darker eumelanin.
In a 2012 study, 60 people were given either glutathione capsules, or placebo. After 4 weeks, the melanin indices decreased consistently at all six sites in subjects who received glutathione indicating a lightening of the skin.
In a 2017 study subjects in three groups and took two forms of glutathione or placebo. After 12 weeks, in the glutathione groups, melanin index (indicating lighter skin) and skin wrinkles reduced while elasticity increased.
Very frequently patients do 1-2 Glutathione based IV treatments weekly for 8 - 12 weeks with regards to Cosmetic effects.
Vitamins, and minerals used intravenously can frequently enhance energy
We can compliment our oral fatigue treatments with IV therapy.
Our clinic uses vitamins, and minerals intravenously to enhance energy production pathways.
Most of the B vitamins and Magnesium play a role in energy production, and fatigue can result from a deficiency of individual B vitamins or Magnesium so we jack you up with B's and Mag as part of this IV
Our Naturopathic Doctors typically do a robust workup for fatigue. We always check Cortisol and DHEA levels as a reflection of Adrenal function as well as Testosterone levels (which can affect energy is both men and women). In women in particular, low DHEA and low testosterone are commonly co-occurring and have accessory symptoms like low mood and low libido. Our Naturopaths also assess Thyroid function in our fatigued patients. We do a much deeper dive into Thyroid testing than most medical doctors do and we also assess Thyroid related nutrients and arguably the most important Thyroid nutrient - Iodine! Which we see frequent low levels of in our Edmonton patients.
Vitamins can play a crucial role in both anxiety and depression
We can compliment our oral mood treatments with Vitamin IV therapy.
IV delivery of vitamins can increase brain levels of key nutrients for anxiety and depression.
Methyl-folate is an interesting mood nutrient our Naturopaths often use. MTHF can significantly increase the response rate to SSRIs and our Naturopaths usually add additional MTHF to our IVs once we assess tolerance to intravenous Methyl-B12.
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