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5 Common Conditions IV Therapy Can Treat

February 22, 2017

IV Therapy

 Sometimes, intravenous (IV) therapy is the best way to get the important nutrients your body needs. This can happen for many reasons. Digestive issues may prevent your body from properly absorbing nutrients. Chronic nausea may make it difficult for you to keep certain foods down.


At Urban Wellness Group, IV therapy allows us to deliver nutrients directly into your bloodstream so your body can get the nutrients it needs to function.


Call (503) 445-9771 today to find out if IV nutrient therapy is right for you. Or read on to learn more about 5 common conditions IV therapy can treat, from anemia to cancer and more.


1. Vitamin C IV Therapy for Cancer

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Recent studies have shown that vitamin C IV therapy can effectively treat many types of cancer when used alongside traditional chemotherapy treatments. Here’s why it works.


Vitamin C reduces toxicity levels from chemotherapy:


Chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to attack cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs can also affect normal, healthy cells, sometimes causing side effects like fatigue, nausea, trouble eating, digestive problems, hair loss, and more.


Vitamin C reduces toxicity levels in your body. This can help you tolerate a higher (and potentially more effective) dose of chemo. In other words, IV therapy lets chemotherapy drugs attack cancer cells but protects the rest of your body.


Vitamin C has anti-cancer properties of its own:


You may have heard that vitamin C is good for your immune system. Several studies also show that vitamin C can actually help your body fight cancer too. When administered at the right concentration through an IV, vitamin C can target cancer cells without harming healthy cells.


2. IV Therapy for Chronic Illnesses

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Most people who suffer from a chronic illness have less than optimal digestion. When food isn’t digested properly, nutrients aren’t absorbed into your body the way they should be.


Sometimes, chronic illnesses make it hard to keep certain foods down. (Chemotherapy patients often experience this too.) When this happens, your body can become malnourished and dehydrated.


IV therapy can help. It skips your digestive system, putting the nutrients, fluids, and medicines you need directly into your bloodstream. IV therapy makes a huge difference for many people with chronic illnesses.


3. IV Iron Infusions for Anemia

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If you’re anemic, your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells. That might sound scary, but anemia is more common than most people think, especially in women. In fact, many people don’t even know they’re anemic.


Common symptoms of anemia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Whole body weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Brittle nails

The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency, but some people with anemia don’t tolerate oral iron supplements well. In those cases, an intravenous iron infusion can be an extremely effective treatment option.


If you’re anemic, you’ll really feel the difference in your health after an IV iron infusion.


4. IV Nutrient Therapy for Vitamin Deficiencies

People can develop vitamin deficiencies for many reasons. For most of us, our first thought is to head to the drugstore and pick up some supplements. Vitamin supplements can be great, but they don’t work for everyone.


Many people have trouble absorbing nutrients from vitamins and even from food. This can happen for a variety of reasons. It may be a result of other health conditions, like a chronic illness. It can also be a side effect of certain medications.


Whatever the reason, if your body is lacking in certain vitamins that you’re not able to get from food or supplements, IV therapy may improve your overall health and help you feel your best.


5. IV Therapy for Dehydration

Certain health conditions put you at risk for dehydration, including:

  • Chronic nausea
  • Trouble eating and drinking
  • Diarrhea and other digestive issues
  • Frequent vomiting from chemotherapy or other medications

Usually, when we’re severely dehydrated our bodies don’t just need water. We’re also low on important electrolytes, such as sodium, calcium, potassium, and more.



Did you know? Sodium attracts and holds onto water. You need a certain amount of sodium in your body in order to maintain a healthy level of liquid in your blood. So, when you get seriously dehydrated and your sodium levels drop, it’s even harder for your body to retain the water it needs.


If you’re perfectly healthy, you can get all the sodium and other electrolytes you need from food. If you’re dehydrated, IV therapy can give your body the nutrients it needs.


IV Therapy in Portland

IV nutrient therapy at Urban Wellness Group is a relaxing and restorative experience. We understand you may not be feeling your best when you come in for treatment. That’s why we do everything we can to create a healing, stress-free environment where you can focus on the real reason you’re here: feeling better.


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Here’s what you can expect when you walk in our front door:


  1. A warm, welcoming environment: We’re not your traditional doctor’s office. Our clinic is filled with homey touches like calm light, natural wood accents, and warm colors.
  2. No rush: We won’t make you wait forever to see your practitioner, and we won’t rush your treatment either. You’ll have plenty of time to receive the care you need and get all your questions answered.
  3. Complimentary tea: Before your appointment, we’ll offer you a cup of tea to sip while you wait in our waiting area.

Is IV Therapy Right for You?

If you’re curious about IV therapy, the practitioners at Urban Wellness Group can help. We’d love to talk to you, understand your situation and your needs, and help you decide if IV therapy is the right treatment for you.


Call Urban Wellness Group at (503) 445-9771 or contact us online today to make an appointment at our Division Street clinic.




Photo credits: Keith Williamson, ryan harvey, Rebecca Siegel


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