IV Nutrient Therapy - Dr. Misa Kawasaki, ND
IV Therapy involves administering therapeutic doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids safely into the bloodstream. The greatest advantage of IV Therapy is that it offers maximal absorption and delivers higher doses of nutrients to the tissues by bypassing the digestive system. Therefore, healing can occur much faster than taking the same nutrients orally through supplements or diet. IV therapy is quickly becoming one of the most popular and effective ways to restore energy and digestive health, support the immune system, and for athletes to recover from competition.
Who Can Benefit From IV Therapy?
IV Therapy is part of a complete treatment plan that Dr. Misa provides for her patients with a variety of medical conditions and health goals:
Impaired digestion reducing nutrient absorption
Wound repair (pre/post surgery)
Sports performance and recovery
Joint pain and inflammation
General health maintenance
How To Get Started with IV Nutrient Therapy
Book an IV Prep Health Check with Dr. Misa. She will review your health goals, perform a physical exam, and discuss which IV formula would be suitable for you. The cost of this visit is $80.
Pre-IV Bloodwork. In order to keep you safe and adhere to the Ontario Naturopathic regulations, routine bloodwork is required (within 12 months) before starting IV Therapy. This bloodwork can be requested from your family MD or Dr. Misa can order it for you. The cost of bloodwork is approximately $40 if ordered by Dr. Misa and may be covered under your extended health benefits.
Book your IV Therapy appointment. Once your bloodwork has been reviewed by Dr. Misa, our front staff will contact you to book your IV Therapy session. The appointment takes approximately 60 min. during which you can sit back and relax, read a book, sort your photo album, catch up on your favourite podcast, or take a nap!
Referrals. If you are a registered health care practitioner and would like to make a referral for your patient to receive IV Therapy, please fill out this form and fax it to our office at (905) 773-5847.
Choose your IV Bag
During your IV Prep Health Check appointment with Dr. Misa, you will be able to discuss which IV nutrient formula is best for you. The cost of each treatment is between $120 - $160 depending on the IV bag. In most cases at least 4-6 IV sessions are recommended.
Energy Boost - fatigue, depression, sports performance, burnout, sperm health/fertility, fibromyalgia
Migraine Support - active or prevention of migraines, menstrual cramps, muscle pain/spasm
Immune Support - chronic and recurring infections, shingles, prone to infections
Skin & Joint Formula - wound healing, anti-aging, joint pain, ligament tears/surgery
Glutathione - brain health, concussion recovery, anti-aging, antioxidant support
Preparing For Your IV Therapy Session
Dress Comfortably. Please wear a shirt that can roll up above your elbow to allow easy access to your arm. IV therapy generally takes about 60 minutes so you’ll want to wear something you’ll be comfortable sitting in for that time period.
Hydrate. While it seems counterintuitive to hydrate before a therapy whose entire purpose is to provide you with hydration and nutrients, it’s actually very important to drink plenty of water before your IV therapy session. The more hydrated you are the more easily accessible your veins are, making for a more comfortable treatment. Aim to drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before your appointment.
Have Something to Eat. It’s a good idea to have a high protein snack or meal before your IV (you can also bring something to eat during your IV if you like). Some of the vitamins and minerals can have a temporary blood sugar and blood pressure lowering effect which can cause you to feel a little light-headed, dizzy, nauseous and/or faint during or after your IV if you haven’t eaten.
Get Moving. If we are sedentary right before an IV, our vessels may be more difficult to access. Moving around (if this is physically possible for you) is one of the best things you can do to help ensure a successful treatment.
Avoid Over-The-Counter Medications. If you can, avoid antihistamine and decongestant drugs for 24 hours before your IV. These medications have a constricting effect on your blood vessels which can sometimes make it more challenging to access your veins. The use of Advil or aspirin can increase bruising. If you can’t avoid them, be sure to hydrate, have a snack and move a bit before you get seated.
Allow Yourself Enough Time. Give yourself enough time to arrive so you can relax and use the restroom prior to your treatment.
Click here to download the complete document of Pre- & Post-IV Therapy instructions.