Intramuscular (IM) Vitamin Injections
Over the last decade-plus of practicing Naturopathic Medicine one of my favourite treatment modalities has been the use of intramuscular vitamin injections. The advantage of this delivery system is mainly the nearly 100% absorption, which is greatly superior to oral supplementation, especially in situations where there is impairment of liver and/or digestive function at any level.
The most common vitamin in intramuscular injection formulations is Vitamin B12. As Naturopathic Doctors we tend to use its hydroxycobalamin or methylcobalamin forms as opposed to the synthetic and largely inactive cyanocobalamin form. A variety of other vitamins, minerals and other nutraceuticals can be added depending on the treatment goal.
IM injections are limited by the volume of fluid that can be injected at any given time without causing discomfort. Usually this volume tops out at about 3.5-4 mL. The injection is given directly into a muscle, most commonly the deltoid in the shoulder or the glutes/hip area.
The following is a list of just some of the medical conditions for which Vitamin B12 injections can be a viable treatment option:
Atherosclerosis/Ischemic Heart Disease Tinnitus
Herpes Zoster (shingles) Constipation
Vitiligo Fecal incontinence
Hearing loss Gatroparesis
Olfactory dysfunction (poor sense of smell) Back pain
Taste disorders Bursitis
Muscle cramps Osteoporosis
Migraine Peripheral neuropathy
Sciatica Trigeminal neuralgia
Anxiety Dementia/cognitive decline
Depression Postpartum depression
Alcohol addiction Anesthesia side effects
Asthma Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fatigue Growth retardation
I have observed great effectiveness of IM injections (all containing Vitamin B12) in treating all of the above conditions and many more. Generally speaking,most patients will report increased energy levels, mental clarity, motivation, improved sleep and greater mental focus following IM injections of Vitamin B12.
If you are suffering from any of the listed conditions or wish to find out whether IM injections may be an effective treatment option for you please book a consultation.
Sources: Gaby, Alan R., Nutritional Medicine, Concord, NH, Fritz Perlberg Publishing, 2011.