Par-enteral means substances given by this route are directly absorbed into the
circulatory system, by-passing the “enteric system” or gastro-intestinal tract
and liver, thereby increasing the absorptive capability of the individual.
Advantages of Parenteral Therapy
For individuals with compromised intestinal absorption (I.E. Cancer, Crohn's
disease, Irritated Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis, etc.), I.V. therapy
allows for 100% absorption of the nutrients delivered and thereby offers
enormous therapeutic value over oral administration.
In addition, I.V. therapy enables rapid delivery of higher concentrations of
medicines that may otherwise not be possible by oral means. Therefore, for
individuals who are severely depleted or in need of high and rapid absorption of
nutrients, I.V. therapy is extremely beneficial and strongly recommended.
Intramuscular (and in some cases, subcutaneous) injection of nutrients (I.E.
B12, folic acid) also allows for higher absorption of the substance being
administered and since the skin and muscle act as a time-release delivery
system, smaller amounts of nutrient are absorbed (although more completely than
by oral means) over a period of time.
What Substances are Administered?
The type of Parenteral Therapy
(meaning I.V. and/or injection) will vary depending on the condition and the
purpose of the treatment. Naturopathic treatment is individualized according to
the patient and the treatment goals. Various vitamins, minerals, electrolytes,
botanicals, anti-oxidants and homeopathics may be safely administered
parenterally to enhance the therapeutic response and it is often prescribed as
part of a complete, holistic and individualized treatment plan.