What is IV Infusion Therapy?

IV Therapy is a method of administering vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream through an IV line to maximize potency and provide notable results. With IV therapy you are able to receive much higher quantities of nutrients than would be possible via oral supplements or injections. The resulting benefits include improved energy, increased metabolism, mental clarity, immune support and much more.

How is IV Therapy provided?

After a brief consultation with our doctor, IV Nutrient treatments are given in our zen IV lounge located at our La Jolla location. The nutrients are administered intravenously under a doctor’s supervision. The treatment can last from 30 to 70 minutes depending on the amount of nutrients needed and your own physiology. During this time there is little discomfort and you can immediately resume your normal activities as soon as the treatment is completed.

Can I still use IV Infusion Therapy and Nutrient Injections if I am healthy?

Typically, yes. IV Infusion Therapy and Nutrient Injections, when administered responsibly, can be beneficial to most people. They work as great tools to prevent illness and support optimal health and wellness. Nutrient therapy can also be used for performance enhancement and recovery for athletes.

Many of our clients are extremely healthy and use nutrient therapy to assist them in achieving their personal goals and feeling their best.

Why wouldn’t I just take my vitamin and mineral supplements orally?

When consuming supplements orally, the body can only tolerate small doses and much of the nutrient content is lost in elimination. Additionally, many over the counter supplements contain fillers and other contaminants that are difficult for your body to digest.

Bypassing the gastrointestinal route, Nutrient Injections and IV Therapy allow for much better absorption and use of nutrients.

Many people benefit from taking high quality oral supplements in addition to other forms of nutrient therapy like injections and IV Therapy.

Why wouldn’t I just take my vitamin and mineral supplements orally?

No. Nutrient injections are available at our La Jolla office without an appointment. Shots are administered by one of our health professionals. They take approximately five minutes and do not require a consultation, though you always have the option of speaking with our Doctor to learn more about our nutrients and which are most appropriate for you.

Why would someone receive IV Infusion Therapy?

Since the advent of IV Nutrient Therapy in the 1950s it has become widely used for a number of purposes including immune support for colds, flus, and other illnesses; energy production and chronic fatigue; performance boosting for athletes; anti-aging and optimal wellness; and much more.

Intravenous Therapy is a safe method that allows for delivery of larger doses of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids on the cellular level. It provides the maximum amount of nourishment to your body for improved health and well being. It is comparable to taking a month’s worth of vitamins in 30 minutes.

What is the Meyer’s Cocktail?

The “Meyer’s Cocktail” originated with Dr. John Meyer in Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1950s. It was the first time vitamins and minerals were administered intravenously to treat chronic disease. The exact formulation used by Dr. Meyer for his original IV nutrient treatment is unknown but IV Nutrient Therapy has developed and grown since that time. Today, there are many high quality IV nutrient formulations available for a range of purposes that span well beyond treating chronic disease.
IV Nutrient Therapy is utilized in spa settings for its anti-aging benefits, by professional athletes for improved athletic performance and recovery, and for those in pursuit of optimal health and wellness.

Is a Naturopathic Doctor the same as a Homeopath?

No, a Naturopath and Homeopath are very different. A homeopath practices alternative health care using only homeopathic medicine. Many Naturopathic Doctors will also utilize homeopathic medicine in their treatment plans however this is only one of many tools that they use. In addition, a Naturopathic Doctor must complete more extensive training.

I’ve heard the term Naturopathic Practitioner or Naturopath. Are these terms interchangeable with Naturopathic Doctor?

No, these are also very different and often confusing for many people. A Naturopathic Practitioner or Naturopath is generally someone who has done online coursework or extracurricular studies in herbs and alternative medicine. They have not, however, been formerly trained as a Doctor.

Naturopathic Doctor’s attend a 4 year post graduate medical program with extensive studies in basic sciences, medical pathologies and treatment modalities including pharmaceuticals, herbal medicine and nutrient therapy.

What education and training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?

The Naturopathic Doctor Degree (ND or NMD) is earned from a four-year graduate level Naturopathic Medical College with admission requirements comparable to those of Allopathic medical schools, including a bachelor’s degree and basic science education. During the 4 years of training, there are intensive studies of medical sciences including: Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, clinical & physical diagnosis, pharmacology, cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and pediatrics.

In addition to this standard medical curriculum, Naturopathic medical students must do extensive coursework in natural therapeutics including herbs, diet and nutrients. This means Naturopathic Doctors receive significantly more hours of classroom education than the graduates of many leading medical schools, including Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic. There are currently 5 accredited Naturopathic schools in the United States: Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA, National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ and University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT.

What can I expect during my first visit with the Naturopathic Doctor?

The first visit with an ND is generally 1 1/2 – 2 hours long and consists of a comprehensive intake with pertinent physical exam. The doctor will ask specific questions about all areas of your health in order to get a complete picture of your health history. Some treatment suggestions may be given on that first visit or sent to you in a detailed write up. Further testing may be recommended, such has blood work, hormone panels, stool tests, etc. You may be given supplements such as high dose nutrients and vitamins as well as herbal formulations. Your doctor may recommend in-depth treatment protocols that consist of therapeutic diets and identification of food sensitivities.

What conditions can a Naturopathic Doctor treat?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat a wide array of medical conditions including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, hormone imbalance, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and endocrine dysfunction such as hypo and hyperthyroid. They also provide immune support for cancer patients.

If I need prescription medicine, can a Naturopathic Doctor provide that?

NDs can write prescriptions for various medications under the supervision of a Medical Doctor. Your naturopathic doctor can work with a medical doctor to cover this service, even if the medical doctor is not on site.