Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, And the Sweet Relief of IV Nutritional Therapy
Updated: Sep 29, 2018
The plush skin of youth, more energy than they know what to do with, and better resilience when flu season rolls around? That may sound like nothing more than a lovely little fantasy for your Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis patients, but it doesn’t have to.
Don’t worry. We’re not talking about some magic elixir, or the mysterious Fountain of Youth. We aren’t even going to suggest one more obscure home remedy to add to the long list of concoctions the internet has already peddled and pushed at patients with gut issues trying to find relief wherever they can.
If you’re looking for the best balance to prescribing treatments for your Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease patient, better health is possible for them through incorporating IV nutritional therapy into their treatment plan.
A Good Kind of Cheating
Healthy diet options that make perfect sense to someone with a normal digestive tract can be the downfall of your patients. So, according to the direction you’ve given them, your patients have learned, adapted and grown towards eating habits that work better for them. Unfortunately, that means they’ve had to cut corners in obtaining ‘balance’ in this whole ‘well-balanced diet’ business.
IV nutritional therapy can help fill some of the nutritional gaps that result from a more selective diet, and can help keep a more vulnerable body healthy and strong.
Perhaps one of your patients as hit a wall in their health, and even the thought of eating a full meal makes them feel exhausted. It happens. IV nutritional therapy is a wonderful way to help their body pick back up and keep going strong whenever they’re dealing with a dreaded flair-up, especially when digestion or nutritional balance are more severely out of step.
Supplements That Get To the Source
If your patients are taking your best advices, they’ve been taking vitamin supplements regularly and haven’t skimped on sticking to such a routine. If your patients are your average busy human beings, they’ve more likely been forgetting this step in their routines altogether.
Which poses a problem, as you know that your Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis patients naturally struggle to absorb the full range of nutrients from anything that they eat. It’s the nature of the beast, especially when enduring the joys of a “flare up” season. As a result, malnutrition can be a natural and common side effect—even when their eating habits are clean as a whistle.
IV nutritional therapy being administered intravenously means that there’s no barrier between the body and those nutrients that it needs. Your patients get to give their gut a rest, but still get the goods their body needs successfully into their system.
IV Treatment Over Steroid Shots or Oral Medicine
As a medical professional, you know that there’s a time limit on the effectiveness of treatment options. It’s expected that oral drug treatments for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s will only work well for a season, and then patients need to transition to something else.
Self-administered steroid shots are one alternative to oral drugs—but not everyone does well with sticking themselves with a needle on a regular basis.
Remicade is also an alternative option. This drug is administered intravenously, and has shown success in treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It’s a good option for if your patient is in a place where their gut really isn’t effectively taking in the medicines your taking.
Some patients would prefer not to go to a hospital every time they receive this drug, though. Instead, it’s as simple as having them schedule regular appointments with a local IV therapy clinic. Your patients can get those needed medical Remicade IV infusions in a much more relaxed and low-stress setting.
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s patients who are recovering from illness, overcoming a “flare up,” are pregnant or wish to become pregnant, or are trying to improve their overall health could all benefit from IV nutritional therapy. As a responsible medical professional, it’s beneficial to consider if and when IV nutritional therapy is the right choice for providing the most balanced care for your patients.
It’s important to always emphasize your patients consult with you first before beginning their IV therapy treatments, and also to highlight that such treatments are never meant to be a substitute for pursuing a healthy and well-balanced diet alongside of receiving treatment.
To learn how to safely prescribe and administer IV Nutritional Therapy, please check out our Online IV Nuritional Therapy Course.