Intramuscular nutrient injections consist of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid, other B vitamins, some minerals, and a few amino acids.  These are designed to aid in providing some energy, immune, and other health-related support, ideally, in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Nutrients delivered intramuscularly bypass the gut and are delivered into the muscle and then enter the bloodstream. This helps get nutrients right into the body without worrying about anything happening in the gut that might affect the absorption of nutrients.  Amounts of nutrients delivered intramuscularly are less than what can be delivered intravenously.

Injections are performed intramuscularly (into the muscle), most commonly into the deltoid muscle on your upper arm or into your gluteal muscles in your buttock.

These injections can be part of your active or proactive wellness treatment plan which will be determined following an initial naturopathic assessment with Dr. Suhani.

Standard Intramuscular Injections

B12 Injections

Naturopathic doctors are trained to administer intramuscular vitamin B12 injections.

B12 is found in animal foods and in order to absorb it from foods or oral supplements, we require sufficient stomach acid production.  If you do take an oral supplement, it is best to take a sublingual tablet as this dissolves under the tongue so you don’t have to worry about stomach acid production for absorption.

Low levels of vitamin B12 can result in fatigue, numbness and tingling and nerve degeneration/neurological impairments in the long-term.

Who can benefit from a vitamin B12 injection?
• vegetarians and vegans
• elderly
• those with low vitamin B12 and lots of digestive issues
• A sense of feeling tired and low energy
• Increased stress
• Numbness and tingling sensations
• Low mood
• Nerve-related muscle pain

Adrenal Support Injections

Adrenal support injections are designed to support you and give you an energy boost while you work with a naturopathic doctor or healthcare practitioner to restore your adrenal health.  Periods of stress affect our adrenal glands as they promote an increase in the production of epinephrine and cortisol at the expense of reducing sex hormone production.  When there has been exposure to chronic, long-term stress, continuous cortisol output can leave you feeling tired all day, have low motivation to get things done and feeling unwell.

Some signs you may have an adrenal balance are:
• sleep issues
• low sex drive
• menstrual irregularities
• low bone mass
• poor immune function and getting sick easily
• anxiety/low mood

Please note if you feel like you are experiencing adrenal dysfunction, these injections will support you and give yourself an energy boost but a thorough work-up is necessary to alleviate the adrenal dysfunction.

Lipotropic Injections

These injections are designed to help with fat loss or fat mobilization as they contain choline, inositol, and methionine (MIC).  Choline has been shown to play a role in decreasing fatty acid synthase (an enzyme involved in fat synthesis), and, increasing carnitine palmitoyl-transferase-1 (an enzyme involved in fat breakdown) in the liver [1].  It also supports glutathione antioxidant activity [1].  This has implicated it being useful in fatty liver to help with mobilizing fat.  There was another study that was done that involved supplementing choline in female athletes and a reduction in body mass was seen [2].

Inositol is considered a B-vitamin and plays a role in helping to maintain blood sugar balance by improving insulin resistance (which can help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes).  It also has been shown to lower cholesterol and help with fat transport in the blood.  B12 and chromium are also added to the lipotropic injections.


[1] Zhu J, Wu Y, Tand Q, Leng Y, Cai W.  The effects of choline on hepatic lipid metabolism, mitochondrial function and antioxidative status in human hepatic C3A cells exposed to excessive energy substrates.  Nutrients.  2014 Jul;6(7):2552-2571.

[2] Elsawy G, Abdelrahman O, Hamza A.  Effect of choline supplementation on rapid weight loss and biochemical variables among female taekwondo and judo athletes.  J Hum Kinet.  2014 Mar 27;40:77-82.

Enhanced Intramuscular Injections

Energy Burst

A quick energy boost for the busiest people with a little more than just the adrenal support option above.

Immune Boost

Some immune-boosting vitamin C, B vitamins and zinc but nowhere close to the immune IV

Mental Clarity

A little added support for brain fog or improving mental clarity

Hormonal Support

This just provides a little additional liver support for estrogen detoxification but there is so much more to address in terms of nutrition and overall health in this area.

Relax 'N' Chill

For those that are always on the go and just need to calm down or a quick something to take the edge off things

Allergy Support

This is designed to help prevent or reduce the occurrence of allergies and is similar to the immune support option (the immune IV has more support).

Vitamin D

Vitamin D injections for those who cannot get their levels up through oral supplementation or who are very deficient. Blood testing is needed prior to administration for this as it is a fat-soluble vitamin and can have toxicity symptoms.