IV Nutrient Therapy (Intravenous Therapy)

Intravenous (IV) drip bag on IV pole


Intravenous (IV) therapy involves the administration of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and amino acids directly into the blood stream.

Due to various factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and underlying health conditions, a person may have increased nutritional demands beyond what can be achieved through nutrition alone. IV therapy may be especially helpful for people suffering from malabsorption and digestive issues, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, or when the therapeutic dose is simply too high to take orally. 


Intravenous (IV) therapy has many potential benefits compared to oral administration, including:

  • Bypassing the digestive system. For this reason, IV therapy may be particularly helpful for individuals who have poor absorption or digestive concerns.

  • Bypassing the liver. The liver metabolizes and eliminates a percentage of nutrients before they can be utilized by the body.

  • Providing a higher dosage than the digestive system can absorb.

IV therapy may be useful in:

  • Anti-aging

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

  • Detoxification

  • Digestive health (malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)

  • Heart disease

  • Immune health, cold & flu recovery, chronic infections

  • Low energy and/or adrenal fatigue

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Multiple chemical sensitivity

  • Neurological conditions (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)

  • PMS

  • Pregnancy and postpartum care

  • Autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis

Is It Safe?

IV nutrient therapy is generally regarded as a safe treatment. Mild side effects may include a feeling of warmth, flushing, light-headedness, and a distinct taste of B-vitamins. Some individuals may experience redness or mild discomfort at the site of injection, which typically resolves soon after treatment. Side effects can generally be avoided by adjusting or slowing the rate of infusion.

Dr. Dominique Vanier ND provides intravenous (IV) therapy to new and existing patients in the IV Lounge at Abaton Integrative Medicine in Oakville, Ontario.