We offer over three dozen intravenous treatments pioneered by Dr. Wright and Dr. Alan Gaby that are prescribed for various health conditions. These are used to support nutritional status, immune function, detox, and many other reasons.
What is IV therapy and why is it necessary?
Since its inception in 1973, Tahoma Clinic has provided intravenous nutritional therapies. Even when digestion is optimal, no nutrient is 100 percent digested and absorbed. When digestion is compromised or reduced, it is not uncommon for only 20 percent (or less) of the essential nutrients in food and supplements to be assimilated.
With reduced digestive capability, patients can develop low levels of essential amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Many benefit from an intravenous mode of application, bypassing the digestive system to deliver nutrients directly to the bloodstream.
How long will the IV therapy last?
While depending greatly on the person and the type of IV, intravenous nutrients can remain in the body for days or weeks. A series of IVs is often ordered for the patient, and each IV builds on the previous ones.
What happens during an IV treatment?
When you arrive for your appointment you will need to check in at the front desk, then you can proceed directly to the IV room. Our staff will do their best to help you be comfortable in our La-Z-Boy recliners with pillows, blankets, heating pads, and tea. Once the IV is placed, there is a thin flexible plastic tube in your arm, not a needle. During the IV, patients may sit up or recline as desired. One of our IV personnel will always be available in case you have a question or concern.
How long does an IV take?
The IV could take anywhere from one to four hours depending on the type of IV therapy your doctor has ordered. The length of treatment depends on the ingredients being given and patient tolerance. We generally start slowly and gradually increase the speed.
How should I prepare for the IV?
Please eat a meal within two hours prior to your appointment. Getting an IV on an empty stomach can lead to nausea, headache, or even vomiting. It is also advised that you drink plenty of water both the day of and the day before your appointment. This can make it easier to insert the IV. Feel free to bring food and a beverage with you. Water and tea are also available in the IV room and some food is available for purchase down the hall at the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary.
Each IV has a specific rate at which it can be administered. Please make enough time in your schedule so you will not feel rushed. We do have accessible bathrooms and encourage you to use them immediately before your appointment. While we do have reading materials available, you are welcome to bring your own to help pass the time. Wi-Fi is available for your electronics. If you plan to listen to entertainment, please bring headphones with you.
IV Therapy Referral
If you are a licensed physician and would like to refer your patients for IV Therapies, please fill out this Intravenous Therapy Referral Form. Please then fax the form to us at 206-812-9989. If you have any questions please call us at 206-812-9988.
What is Ozone?
Ozone is a clear gas made up of three molecules of Oxygen (O3) as opposed to the oxygen we breathe which is made of 2 molecules of Oxygen (O2). Our immune cells naturally produce ozone in our bodies. Ozone provides a number of benefits, ranging from boosting the body’s ability to fight infections by stimulating white blood cell production, to increasing overall metabolism. The benefits are numerous, and the treatment is incredibly versatile and customized to the needs of the patient.
Ozone has a history of more than 150 years of use. It was used during World War I to treat wounds, and it was later found to be useful for many other diseases and health conditions.
Traditionally used for medical wound treatments and disinfection, ozone has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that give it importance as a clinical therapeutic.
Ozone treatments via the blood provide the strongest results, however, ozone can be injected into painful joints or painful areas, can be used rectally or vaginally, can be taken as ozonated water, or applied topically in ozonated oils.
How Does Ozone IV Therapy Work?
Ozone has been shown to destroy the outer shell of most micro-organisms, thereby penetrating the cell membrane and altering the DNA. Ozone selectively targets disease-causing micro-organisms and spares healthy cells.
What are the Benefits of Ozone IV Therapy?
Ozone can help with many health concerns. Below is a list of conditions that have responded.
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic inflammation
- Circulatory problems improve tissue oxygenation
- Diabetes and diabetic complications
- Fungal infections
- Geriatric conditions
- High Cholesterol
- Lyme Disease
- Muscular diseases
- Neurologic diseases
- Pain and inflammation
- Peripheral artery disease
- Viral Infection
- Wound care
In addition to the above conditions, patients have reported an enhanced sense of wellbeing, stimulation of the immune system, increased energy levels and increased oxygen efficiency.
Are There Any Side Effects of Ozone IV Therapy?
Ozone should not be inhaled. When administered by trained medical staff, the therapy is safe and has little to no side effects. The experienced staff will administer the dose and monitor the patient throughout treatment.
How Safe is Ozone Intravenous Therapy?
In Europe, ozone has been used for 50 years by over 10,000 physicians and the administration of medical ozone has a safety history that is unprecedented in modern medicine. Dr. Velio Bocci, the foremost researcher in the use of medical ozone, states that from 1950 to 1986 in central Europe there were no “untoward effects” in 340,000 ozone treatments. In an article by M. Jacobs, the records of 384,775 patients treated with ozone were examined. There were 5,579,238 treatments administered with an incidence of “accidents” of 0.0007%. This is a safety margin far greater than that of aspirin!
What Happens During an Ozone Intravenous Treatment?
Ozone Therapy is an integrative treatment used to increase the amount of oxygen in the body through the introduction of ozone into the body. This is achieved through a process known as “autohemotherapy”, in which blood is drawn from a patient, exposed to ozone, and returned intravenously. This is all done in a closed, sterile system. All the materials used are new for that treatment and disposed of in the biohazard bin at completion. The effects are both healing and detoxifying – suppressing infection and boosting the immune system.
How do You Prepare for an Ozone IV?
Hydrate well and wear a loose-fitting shirt as we will need to access a vein.
How Many Ozone IV Treatments are Needed?
Repeated treatments of ozone therapy are usually needed because certain viruses and fungi are more susceptible at certain stages of their development. Some micro-organisms are much more resistant than others and will require more treatment. The viruses that contain lipids are more sensitive to deactivation by ozone – Herpes, Mumps, Measles, Influenza, Rabies, HIV, and the Chronic Fatigue producing viruses: Epstein Barr, Coxsackie, and Cytomegalovirus.