What is Parenteral Therapy?
Intravenous (I.V.) therapy and injection (intramuscular, subcutaneous) of vitamins, minerals and homeopathics is
a safe and effective way to deliver nutrients in a timely and efficient manner.
Par-enteral means substances
given by this route are directly absorbed into the circulatory system, by-passing the “enteric system” or
gastro-intestinal tract and liver, thereby increasing the absorptive capability of the individual.
Advantages of Parenteral Therapy?
For individuals with compromised intestinal absorption (I.E. Cancer, Crohn's
disease, Irritated Bowl Syndrome, ulcerative colitis, etc.), I.V. therapy allows
for 100% absorption of the nutrients delivered and thereby offers enormous
therapeutic value over oral administration.
In addition, I.V. therapy enables
rapid delivery of higher concentrations of medicines that may otherwise not be
possible by oral means. Therefore, for individuals who are severely depleted or
in need of high and rapid absorption of nutrients, I.V. therapy is extremely
beneficial and strongly recommended.
Intramuscular (and in some cases, subcutaneous) injection of nutrients (I.E.
B12, folic acid) also allows for higher absorption of the substance being
administered and since the skin and muscle act as a time-release delivery
system, smaller amounts of nutrient are absorbed (although more completely than
by oral means) over a period of time.
Who Can Benefit from Parenteral Therapy
Parenteral therapies benefit a variety of conditions. Severe acute and chronic
infectious diseases (i.e. Mononucleosis, Influenza, and Herpes), autoimmune
conditions (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and Psoriasis), Chronic
Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, acute and chronic
gastrointestinal illnesses and cancer are among the most common conditions
treated by parenteral therapy. Patients suffering from anxiety, depression,
neurological conditions, toxicity, chronic stress and general poor
vitamin-mineral status can also benefit greatly from the therapeutic effect of
For those individuals who are generally healthy and interested in “anti-aging”
or simply preventative medicine, parenteral therapies offer delivery of high
concentrations of potent anti-oxidants to combat oxidative stress which is a
marker of premature aging, degenerative diseases and pre-cancerous states.
What Substances are Administered?
The type of Parenteral Therapy (meaning I.V. and/or injection) will vary
depending on the condition and the purpose of the treatment. Naturopathic
treatment is individualized according to the patient and the treatment goals.
Various vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, botanicals, anti-oxidants and
homeopathics may be safely administered parenterally to enhance the therapeutic
response and it is often prescribed as part of a complete, holistic and
individualized treatment plan.