IV Nutrition Therapy, SW Portland, Oregon
We are empathetic physicians who walk with you on the journey of improving your health. IV Therapy can be an integral part of this journey for many people because it allows us to quickly and directly improve the body’s internal chemistry via nutrient repletion. Chronic stress, auto-immune, hormone imbalances, infections, allergic/inflammatory-responses and even a negative emotional state can all contribute to a nutrient-deficient state in the body. Over time, this nutrient-deficient state negatively affects hormone production and the digestive system’s ability to absorb nutrients, creating a positive feedback loop of declining health. This means that many people may not get adequate nutrients despite a healthy diet and taking oral supplements. IV therapy directly addresses this nutrient-deficient state, allowing our doctors to address the larger concerns regarding gut health, nutrient adsorption and hormone health.
While the science of our treatment philosophy has been integral to our clinical success, it’s also important that we affirm our patients by respecting the emotional impact that thyroid and hormone balance can make in one’s life.
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What is IV Therapy?
Terrain Wellness is proud to offer IV Therapy at our clinic in SW Portland, Oregon. IV Nutrition (Intravenous Nutritional Therapy) is a medical procedure where powerful antioxidants and other vitamins, minerals and medications are administered directly into the patient’s bloodstream via an IV catheter inserted into a vein. IV Therapy is popular because it works quickly to supply the body with vital vitamins and minerals that may be lacking. IV therapy replaces nutrients that can be depleted due to illness, stress, hormonal imbalance, dietary insufficiency, imbalanced gut flora or due to other various health conditions. IV Therapy treatments like the Meyer’s Cocktail and nicknames like IV drip and “banana bag” have come into the widespread public awareness as a way to shorten/avoid Cold & Flu, boost energy or even alleviate a hangover. However, the true benefits of individualized IV Therapy go much deeper.
IV Chelation Therapy
We offer advanced IV techniques like Chelation Therapy to address cases of heavy-metal exposure from environmental/industrial contaminants such as lead, mercury, arsenic or other toxic substances. These toxins do occur naturally in the environment and even healthy people may have significant cumulative exposure, despite healthy lifestyle and diet. What makes heavy metals so insidious is that although they are absorbed into the body, the body does not naturally have an effective way of excreting them. Certain types of fish, dental fillings, imaging contrast materials and some vegetables if eaten in large amounts can all contribute to heavy metals in the system. For those exposed to toxins like heavy metals, we often recommend IV chelation therapy due to its precision and effectiveness.
IV Chelation works by introducing compounds called “Chelating Agents” into the body that bind with the toxic metals in the body. Then, once the toxic metal is chemically bound to the Chelating Agent it becomes a compound that can be naturally eliminated from the body. While this treatment is safe and effective for the removal of heavy metals, please note that IV chelation therapy is not for everyone and it does require close physician oversight, extensive lab tests/blood panels and in-depth patient screening.
IV Therapy: Nutrient Absorption, Gut Health
Patients who have taken antibiotics, antacids and some common prescription medications often experience a reduction in how they absorb certain vitamins and nutrients. Other patients may have health conditions or a genetic profile that leaves them susceptible to vitamin deficiencies. Furthermore, the body’s immune response is also very resource-intensive, meaning that it taxes the body’s nutrient reserves. Faced with what the body perceives as a threat, the immune system will protect the body by prioritizing survival over long-term health; in this way expending whatever vitamins and minerals the immune system demands. However, problems arise in that it takes the body quite some time to rebuild nutrient reserves repeatedly taxed by illness.
Chronic illness, inflammatory diets, mild allergies and auto-immune conditions can all exacerbate and increase the frequency of this strong immune response, resulting in patients being continually depleted of vital nutrients. Similarly, long-term stress causes a continual drain on our body’s precious nutrient reserves as the body continually remains on red alert. Adrenal-fatigue scenarios due to a combination of stress and other factors can lead to endocrine imbalances like estrogen dominance in women and low testosterone in men as well as reaching harmful levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. These nutrient deficiencies start off very gradually at first, but become self-reinforcing over the years as endocrine imbalances decrease gut health, which decreases nutrient absorption in the intestines, which in turn decreases hormone production (and gut health) even further still. Because the chemical messengers that make up the body’s endocrine system are integrated with one another, patients experiencing severe nutrient depletion may experience migraines, body pain and even depression.
All of the above means that often the patients who need nutrients the most, are least able to absorb proper nutrition from the foods they eat and the supplements they take. By putting nutrients directly into a patient’s bloodstream, we bypass an unhealthy digestive system and whatever problems may exist in the gut.
..why settle for a generic Meyer’s Cocktail when you can have a bag custom-designed for you and only you by a doctor who has reviewed your labs and health history?
Individualized IV Therapy in Portland, Oregon
This is where individualized IV therapy can help. Since IV bypasses the intestines and goes right to the bloodstream, we can begin rebuilding the body’s nutrient stores at the cellular level. By examining lab results and how the patient responds to repeated treatments, we fine tune our nutrient repletion so that we can deliver consistently better results. Concurrently, our naturopathic physicians work closely with each IV patient to repair gut health while supporting proper hormone levels holistically, so that our patients experience lasting wellness. Come experience what individualized healthcare can do for you at Terrain Wellness in Portland, Oregon.
It is worth noting that not all IV therapy is equally effective and individualized healthcare yields the best results. We’ve all seen ads for clinics around Portland, Oregon offering the classic Meyer’s Cocktails or even hangover bags on an Al a Carte system. But, why settle for a generic Meyer’s Cocktail when you can have a bag custom-designed for you and only you by a doctor who has reviewed your labs and health history?
At our convenient southwest Portland Clinic, each IV prescription is customized to fit the exact needs of the individual patient. We are taking the time to get to know you and learn everything we can about your health needs. We look at lab results and conduct in-depth case reviews and adjust our IV prescriptions accordingly. We practice this way because it’s safer and more effective.
Since we are a holistic medical practice committed to the precepts of Naturopathic Medicine and acupuncture, we use IV nutritional therapy as one modality among many that we practice to help our patients achieve lifelong health and wellness. Rather than a cure-all, we view IV Nutritional Therapy as an effective way to bring unhealthy nutrient levels up to where Mother Nature intended, so we can repair the body and restore gut health so that healthy vitamin and mineral absorption is attained from the foods we eat. If you’re in the Portland area, please come experience what individualized IV therapy can do in within the context of holistic healthcare.
Parenteral Nutrition: IV (Intravenous) , Sub-Q (Subcutaneous) & IM (Intramuscular)
Medically, IV therapy is one treatment modality within the larger category of treatments collectively known as Parenteral Nutrition. Parenteral Nutrition is nutritional supplementation that is “administered or occurring elsewhere in the body than the mouth and alimentary canal”. Intramuscular or subcutaneous injection methods are two other common Parenteral Nutrition administration methods that we offer in addition to IV therapy. Vitamin B-12 shots are an easy example of Parenteral Nutrition that is not technically IV Therapy. At other times, the supervising physician may determine that a patient could benefit from IV nutrition but for some reason an IV is contraindicated. In these less common instances, our physicians may recommend that the patient receive a dose given via subcutaneous or IM injection. Parenteral Nutrition is a fascinating and highly effective treatment modality in that it bypasses the inefficiencies and potential problems existing in the digestive system.