IV Vitamin Therapy
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the introduction of substances through a needle directly into the vein. In this way, vitamins, minerals, homeopathics, herbs and other healing substances are exposed to the cells and tissues directly, and delivered in far greater amounts than can be achieved via inhalation, orally or through the skin — and with far greater effect.
IV vitamin therapy offers the benefits gained through supplementation of vitamins and antioxidants to your body with immediate results, and the treatment is rapidly growing in popularity. Developed in the 1970s by Baltimore physician Dr.John Myers, IV vitamin drips offer an innovative, safe, and extremely efficient way to obtain the benefits associated with supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This therapy is also used in the treatment protocol for a number of medical conditions.
Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy
- Combats fatigue
- Fights infection
- Battles heart disease and strokes by removing vessel blockages
- Enhances the immune system
- Helps detoxify the body (heavy metal chelation)
- Boosts nutrition (for people with good or poor gastrointestinal function)
- Helps slow or reverse aging
- Help create a positive, elevated mood
- Energizes the body and mind by enhancing energy production pathways
- Increased liver function and cleansing
Who Benefits from IV Vitamin Therapy?
After a thorough medical evaluation, your Gentle Wellness Centers physician may recommend IV therapy as an important component of your individualized treatment plan.
IV vitamin Therapy is Beneficial For People Who Have:
- difficulty absorbing nutrients or who suffer from chronic fatigue
- immune deficiencies
- muscle cramps
- acute infection
- other chronic conditions
Why Can’t I Just Take A Pill
IV vitamin therapy differs from oral supplementation because it is able to deliver nutrients on a cellular level, this means that the body is restored to a state of balance and nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream while remaining undiluted by the digestive tract. This is particularly important for people suffering from chronic illness or those with a compromised gastrointestinal system (i.e., lack of enzymes or poor gut lining integrity).
In contrast, oral supplementation of the essential vitamins we are deficient in yields an absorption rate of only 25-40 percent, an extremely low number that is not able to address a deficiency in some patients.
An added advantage of IV vitamin therapy is seen in the higher dosages possible using this method. Through oral supplementation, the body cannot process the high doses of vitamins and minerals that can be readily absorbed through IV therapy.
What’s In It & How Long Does It Take?
The standard IV vitamin therapy drip developed by Dr.Myers includes B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium to boost immunity. Today, there are customized vitamin and nutrient blends available to suit your lifestyle and personal needs.
IV vitamin blends developed specifically to relieve stress offer a combination of antioxidants and amino acids, while IV therapy developed to increase mental activity and alertness offer a blend of restoring and rejuvenating ingredients.
IV vitamin drips to treat muscle and joint pain or, to restore the imbalance of electrolytes associated with the effects of an alcohol hangover are also available.
The average length of an IV vitamin therapy session is between 30 and 45 minutes, and the process is easy and comfortable. During a session, you may relax, watch movies or listen to your favorite music.
Meet Dr. Jessica Christie
Dr. Jessica Christie, ND, CNSNaturopathic Doctor & Certified Nutrition Specialist
As a naturopathic doctor and certified nutrition specialist, Dr. Christie, strives to get the root cause of the medical issue. Her holistic approach to wellness and extensive training can help patients reach their optimal health.
Dr. Jessica Christie uses the newest innovations and techniques in naturopathic medicine along with a personalized approach to provide non-invasive, therapeutic treatments for her patients’ medical and wellness needs.
Her training includes a four-year, in-residence Naturopathic Medical curriculum with clinical training at the acclaimed National University of Health Sciences. She also has extensive clinical experience at the Whole Health Center in Lombard, IL, Salvation Army Clinic in Chicago, IL and Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings, MT.
Dr. Jessica Christie has also received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Spanish, and International Studies from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet Univerisity.
Dr. Sheeba Asad
Dr. Sheeba Asad is a licensed naturopathic doctor who believes in helping her patients improve their health by addressing underlying conditions that are stopping them from achieving the optimal level of health. With a focus on treating the whole body than just a variety of symptoms, she offers individualized plans that address immediate concerns and look at long-term health goals by optimizing general wellness in an individual. Her passion is to help her patients feel stronger, achieve better function and gain a more joy-filled quality of life.
Dr. Asad focuses on a wide range of diseases through safe and effective natural therapies serving as a naturopathic doctor to children, adults, and seniors. She also offers specialty testing like food allergy test and micro/macronutrient testing and many more to uncover the underlying cause of health issues. She has a special interest in chronic disease, medical weight loss, naturopathic cancer care, women’s health (infertility, PMS, irregular cycles, menopause, prenatal and postnatal care), men’s health, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, thyroid, and adrenal imbalance, digestive issues, and autoimmune diseases.
After graduating from George Mason University, Dr. Asad decided to further her education with a four-year naturopathic medical program at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), located in Tempe, AZ. Upon graduating from SCNM and passing all of the board examinations, she is now licensed by the Maryland Board of Naturopathic Doctors.
She is a member of both the Maryland Naturopathic Medical Association and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her son and loved ones, practicing meditation, hiking, biking, and whole foods cooking.