What is it?
Intravenous nutrition therapy is a process of delivering very specific high quality, sterile nutrients and/or medications directly into the bloodstream. The advantage of this treatment is that higher and more concentrated doses of nutrients can be introduced into the body than would be possible orally. Cells gain rapid access to the very nutrients they require for healing, which may otherwise not be available because of depletion, environmental impacts, poor diet, inflammation, or poor absorption of nutrients from the gastrointestinal tract. Through IV therapy, the physicians at BCNC can provide targeted and individualized therapy for nearly any medical condition ranging from wellness and supportive treatments to adjunctive care for cancer and chronic infectious disease such as Lyme.
What conditions can it treat?
IV therapy is effective in treating and supplementing care for many different conditions. Common conditions include both acute and chronic viral and bacterial infections, burn-out, cancer, heavy metal detoxification, immune dysfunction, mold illness (CIRS), headaches, intestinal malabsorption, wound healing, surgery preparation, coronary artery disease, diabetes, general wellness and many others. Recovery for nearly everything from acute illness, such as the flu, to more tenacious chronic conditions, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, cancer, chronic fatigue, and Lyme disease, will benefit from IV therapy.
IV therapy acts as a powerful stimulant for the immune system in situations such as chronic infectious illness, cancer and biotoxin illness where the body has a supra-physiologic need for specific nutrients and overall immunity is depleted. The utilization of certain oxidative therapies such as high dose ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Artemesinin, Poly-MVA/ALA and ozone (MAH) can all be used to assist the body in clearing tenacious intracellular infections such as Borrelia, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and other tick borne-illnesses. Phospholipid and detox I.V. treatments are utilized to assist in the bodies ability to clear environmental toxicants such as mold toxin, organic solvents and heavy metals. Nutritional and targeted amino acid IVs can also be very useful in treating mood disorders, supporting addiction recovery and enhancing both physical and mental recovery from trauma.
Examples of nutrients used in IV therapy include vitamin C, EDTA, DMPS, vitamin B12, B complex vitamins, magnesium, calcium, zinc, trace minerals, inositol, taurine, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, and glutathione.
What are the different types of IV therapy?
At BCNC, we offer many different treatment options, all of which are customizable if appropriate. Depending on the situation, the prescribing physician may recommend a longer IV drip or a shorter IV push. Contents may include vitamins, minerals, lipids, amino acids, prescription medications and other nutrients. All of our IV formulations are made with the highest quality products possible which are sourced from a large number of compounding pharmacies and international medical supply companies. Some of the most popular IV drips include high dose vitamin C, Myers cocktail (combination of vitamins and minerals), detoxification and chelation.
Types of IV’s offered at BCNC include (but are not limited to):
- High Dose Vitamin C
- Mold and Solvent Detoxification
- Heavy Metal and Cardiovascular Chelation
- Immune Stimulating
- Tissue Alkalinizing
- Poly MVA and Lipoic Acid
- Lipid IV’s aka Phospholipid Exchange
- Chronic Pain
- Major and Minor Autohemotherapy (Ozone)
- Vitamin and Mineral Replenishment/Meyers
- Amino Acids
- Antibiotic, Antifungal and Antiviral Medications
How long does a treatment take?
An intravenous therapy treatment typically takes from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the formulation. In certain situations, a series of IV’s which are “piggy backed” with each other may be recommended.
How many treatments do I need?
The physicians at BCNC may recommend a single IV, a series of IV’s or a targeted medical program involving multiple sessions over many months.
If venous access is compromised or a longer treatment program is necessary, the physicians at BCNC have a great deal of experience ordering and caring for both central and peripheral (PICC) lines which can be performed as an outpatient at one of the local hospitals.
While many of the treatments done at the BCNC infusion center use nutritional therapy, we also employ the use of pharmaceutical agents such as antibiotics and antivirals when necessary. In these situations, our medic or one of the physicians will be able to provide training on how to self administer the medication at home.
Is it safe?
Having more than 30 years of combined experience with IV therapy, the physicians at BCNC are experts in this modality and are well qualified to determine whether intravenous nutritional therapy is the right solution for your health concerns.
The doctors are well trained, certified and experienced in advanced IV therapeutics, chelation therapy, ozone/MAH and parenteral nutrition and are familiar with PICC and central line access, maintenance and dressing changes. All providers are BLS certified and we stock all necessary medications and materials in the unlikely event of an emergency. Our highly skilled infusion technician administers all of our infusions via IV pump for exact drip rates. We also maintain an in-house lab should any urgent samples need to be drawn on site.
In certain situations, the physicians at BCNC may require that regular labwork be done to monitor common blood markers, electrolytes and liver and kidney function.
Safety, overall comfort and general reliability are all things we focus on to ensure our patients have the best possible experience and get the clinical results reflective of an effective treatment intervention.
Does insurance cover IV therapy?
IV Nutrient Therapy is generally not covered by medical insurance. Most flexible medical savings accounts reimburse for these therapies. A medical invoice (superbill) or medical necessity letter will be provided upon request.
How much does it cost?
All of the IV’s are priced based on a combination of the length of infusion and the complexity and cost of the individual formula. For situations requiring multiple treatments, we also offer discounts for packages of 10 or more infusions.
What can I expect?
During your office visit, one of the physicians at BCNC will determine whether you are a good candidate for IV therapy. Using a combination of physical exam findings, a detailed history, laboratory information and individual assessment, the doctor will discuss which IV would be best suited to you.
We maintain the highest standard of care once in the infusion center, striving to make you as comfortable as possible within a fully supervised medical environment. Flexible angiocatheters or small butterfly needles are chosen to minimize discomfort and careful attention is always given to pH and solution concentration. As a result you should have minimal or no discomfort at all with your infusion.
Each infusion is administered in the comfort of a plush leather recliner where you are welcome to nap, surf the internet, watch a movie on your computer or just chat with other folks. A fully accessible ADA bathroom is just around the corner and easy to access with your mobile IV pole. We provide blankets and heating pads for every person and have hot and cold water as well as an assortment of tea for your enjoyment. Small snacks are available if needed but we encourage you to bring your own food as well as any fluids or medications that you would like to have with you.
Prior to your first treatment either your doctor or the IV technician will review the formula with you and discuss any anticipated effects. Some formulas can enhance energy and immunity while others may bring an increased sense of calm and deeper sleep. Whatever the situation, you will be provided with as much information as possible regarding the IV solution being administered.