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TREATMENT TIME

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5-10 minutes

LONGEVITY

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1 - 6 months

ANAESTHESIA

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None

DOWNTIME

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None

IM VITAMIN SHOTS
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WHAT DO I DO AFTER MY VITAMIN INJECTION?
 

 

There is no downtime following your Vitamin injection however as you are still having a tiny injection in your arm it is normal to feel the injection site sting or have a slight burning sensation for 30 minutes or so.

  • The treatment area may feel achy for the next several hours.

  • Avoid tight clothing around the treatment area.

  • Keep the treatment area clean and dry for at least 5 hours post injection.

  • Use showers rather than having a bath for the first 24hrs to keep the area clean and minimise the risk of a localised infection.

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WHAT IS VITAMIN B12?
 

Vitamin B12 is the generic name for a group of compounds based on the cobalamin molecule that has cobalt as the trace mineral at its core. Cobalamin is a highly active complex organometallic molecule. It is the largest and most chemically complex of all of the 13 known vitamins and is generally red in colour. Like other B & C vitamins, Cobalamin is water-soluble, a characteristic that effects how it is absorbed, excreted and stored in the body. Vitamins A, D, E & K are all fat-soluble.

It is classified as a vitamin as it is an essential nutrient for the human body and is regularly obtained from the food we eat. Like other vitamins its role is to catalyse or regulate metabolic reactions in the body. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the body responsible for hematopoiesis (producing all types of blood cells), neural metabolism, DNA & RNA production, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It also helps to improve iron function in the metabolic cycle and assists folic acid in choline synthesis.

Vitamin B12 can only be made by microorganisms, such as bacteria and algae, if the cobalt mineral is available in the soil or water. The main source for humans to obtain vitamin B12 is from the consumption of meat and fish. The vitamin is made by microbes in the digestive tract of animals, where it is absorbed and deposited into their tissues. As well as meat and fish, vitamin B12 can also be obtained by the consumption of cheese, milk and eggs. There are no known sources of vitamin B12 in plants, although some species of seaweed have been found to contain it. Therefore it is quite common to see vegetarians or vegans present with vitamin B12 deficiencies.

Vitamin B12 is absorbed into our tissues through the digestive tract, however this process can be disrupted from poor digestion, intestinal disease or the use of some medications etc. Main causes are due to atrophic gastritis and lack of Intrinsic Factor (IF), a glycoprotein produced by the stomach that is required for the absorption of B12. As well as from poor diet and digestion, vitamin B12 deficiencies can also be affected by a genetic condition such as:

  • Pernicious anaemia

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Treatment with proton-pump inhibitors

  • Atrophic gastritis

  • Coeliac disease

  • Use of antacids (acid is required to release B12 from food)

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Use of certain medications

  • Use of illegal drugs and substances including nitrous oxide

WHY WOULD I WANT VITAMIN B12?
 

Increase energy levels, fight fatigue and tiredness, promote healthy cell division and enhance cell growth and repair.

  • After water and oxygen, vitamin B12 is the next essential micronutrient molecule vital for health.

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency is common and can manifest at any age and is largely unrecognised.

  • Vitamin B12 is crucial for many systems of the body to function correctly.

  • Pernicious anaemia is just one illness related to a deficiency in vitamin B12.

  • It is believed that vitamin B12 deficiency is not always detectable on blood tests.

  • Symptoms such as depression, anxiety and psychosis as well as the early onset of dementia are common with vitamin B12 deficiency.

  • Causes of B12 deficiency include genetic disorders, poor diet, gastrointestinal illness or surgery, alcoholism and use of antacids.

  • Vitamin B12 is non-toxic even at really high doses.​​

COULD I HAVE A VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY?
 

 

Illness and conditions linked to B12 deficiency:

 

Neuropsychiatric disorders
The earliest symptoms of B12 deficiency include:

  • Irritability

  • Mood swings

  • Confusion

  • Forgetfulness

  • Fogginess

  • Psychosis

  • Hallucinations or delusion

  • Depression

  • Anxiety/Panic attacks

  • Tension headaches

  • Onset of dementia

     

Neurological disorders

  • Bells palsy​

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

 

Autoimmune disorders

Autoimmune disorders take many forms, they include overactive immune system disorders when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own tissue and underactive system disorders when the body’s defence against disease is reduced. Such disorders are frequent with vitamin B12 deficiency. The list includes:

  • Addison’s disease

  • Amyloidosis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Coeliac disease

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Dermatomysositis

  • Graves’ disease

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS-like presentation/SACD (subacute combined degeneration))

  • Myasthenia gravis

  • Pernicious anaemia/B12 deficiency

  • Reactive arthritis

  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sjogren’s syndrome

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

  • Type 1 diabetes

  • Ulcerative colitis

 

Many of the above conditions have overlapping symptoms, for example fatigue, general ill-feeling, joint pain and rash. Many of these conditions cease to exhibit their symptoms once vitamin B12 balance is restored in the body.

How vitamin B12 deficiency is diagnosed

The traditional way of diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency has been with a serum B12 blood test to determine the patients B12 levels as well as the presence of any signs or symptoms of pernicious anaemia. The problem with this is that many sufferers of a B12 deficiency may not have anaemia or have a serum B12 blood level within an abnormally low range in accordance to the ‘normal’ ranges set. There are no national or international agreements of what a normal range is. The tests can also give false readings where they do not assess the bioavailability of the B12 or whether it is functional or not.

It is therefore better practice to look for trigger symptoms to see if you will benefit from B12 injections.

 

Key triggers or symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:

  • Tiredness

  • Depression

  • Hair loss

  • Pins & needles

  • Numbness in the hands or feet

  • Tremors or palsies

  • Palpitations

  • Recurrent headaches

  • Dizziness

IS VITAMIN B12 SAFE?
 

Yes; Experience has shown that vitamin B12 is completely safe, at any concentration in the diet and in the blood.

The non-toxicity of Vitamin B12 is confirmed as they are unable to establish any upper limit for B12 ‘because of its low toxicity’. No adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that the European Committee on Food (SCF) has concluded that ‘it is not possible to derive an upper intake level, mainly because no clearly identified adverse effect could be identified’.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A VITAMIN B12 INJECTION?
 

 

Standard treatment is to have a loading dose once a week for 4 weeks, then a maintenance dose once every 4-6 weeks.

Vitamin B12 injections are a nutritional supplement and not a medicine. With proper use of sterile technique there should be minimal to no risk. It is usual to inject into the muscle (intramuscular -IM). This is because B12 is water-soluble and flows into the fluids surrounding the cells of the muscle. It is therefore easily transferred into the bloodstream from an IM injection.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A VITAMIN B12 INJECTION?
 

B12 has very low toxicity and is practically impossible to 'overdose' on as there is no upper limit. However we recommend anyone with the following to avoid vitamin B12 injections:

  • Allergy to any of the products ingredients

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding - there is no clinical evidence of adverse effects however if you have a B12 deficiency this would be better managed by your doctor or midwife

  • Liver or kidney disease

  • When under close medical supervision at hospital

  • Active cancer/undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy

  • Prone to keloid scarring

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WHAT IS VITAMIN C?
 

 

Vitamin C is also known as Ascorbic acid and plays an important role to maintain healthy skin, bones, teeth, and cartilage. This vitamin is an essential nutrient to protect cells of the body from damage as Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. Insufficient amounts of this vitamin can cause scurvy, muscle weakness, joint pain, skin rashes, and tiredness.

 

Vitamin C is important for healthy bones, tissues, veins and helps in the production of red blood cells. The disease scurvy which is caused due to Vitamin C  deficiency is treated by supplying enough of the vitamin to the body from external sources. Ascorbic acid is used in such treatment. It also helps in better iron absorption in the body. Vitamin C is usually absorbed by the body from different food sources, mostly from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, kiwi, papaya etc. as well as smaller amounts in some vegetables. You should not be taking Vitamin C Injection if you have a problem of hemochromatosis or iron overload, or any kind of complications related to kidney stones in the past.

 

Vitamin C works as a coenzyme and reducing agent in a number of metabolic pathways. It is also involved in the conversion of folic acid to folinic acid, tyrosine metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, iron metabolism, cellular respiration and others.

Vitamin C injections are sometimes used off-label for other conditions, including:

 

  • Cancer - As early as the 1970s, some researchers were suggesting that using high doses of intravenous vitamin C along with cancer drugs could improve treatment of cancer. Injecting vitamin C can produce very high levels of vitamin C in the body. Researchers believe that these high vitamin C levels can be toxic to cancer cells without harming the healthy cells of the body. Some researchers also believe that vitamin C might be able to reduce the side effects of cancer drugs. They say vitamin C injections can make chemotherapy work better or prevent some chemotherapy side effects. There is some research that suggests vitamin C injections might help reduce side effects and improve quality of life. More research is needed to determine if vitamin C can help fight cancer. However, the potential benefits of intravenous vitamin C in cancer treatment remains controversial.

  • General Health & Immune Function - Some people receive vitamin C injections for general health or to boost immune function and for convenience. The injection means you don’t have to remember to take a supplement pill each day.

  • Weight Loss - Vitamin C injection is sometimes used for weight loss. Some research suggests that people who don’t have adequate vitamin C intake aren’t able to burn fat very well. This means that it’s important to ensure adequate intake of vitamin C.

Off-label drug use means that a drug that’s been approved by the FDA for one purpose is used for a different purpose that has not been approved. However, a doctor can still use the drug for that purpose. This is because the FDA regulates the ​testing and approval of drugs, but not how doctors use drugs to treat their patients. 

WHY WOULD I WANT VITAMIN C?
 

Natural antioxidant to improve skin condition and protect the body. Enhances wellbeing and protects against illness.

  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps prevent oxidative stress

  • Works with enzymes to make collagen

  • Brightens skin and complexion

  • When taken by injection Vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when taken orally

  • Vitamin C is used to treat colds as it boosts immune function

  • Lowers Hypertension

  • Guards against heart disease

  • Vitamin C is non-toxic, even at high doses

  • Can be used to facilitate healing

COULD I HAVE A VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY?
 

 

Vitamin C deficiency can lead to scurvy. Characteristic symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include:

  • Swollen and bleeding gums

  • Fatigue

  • Poor wound healing

  • Joint pain

  • Loose teeth

  • Coloured spots on the skin

 

In some cases, signs of scurvy can occur within a month of consuming less than 10 milligrams (mg) per day of vitamin C. Today, scurvy is rare in developed countries. It’s most likely to occur in people who:

  • Smoke

  • Consume a limited variety of food

  • Have nutrient absorption problems

     

Vitamin C injections are approved by the FDA for treating vitamin C deficiency. They’re also approved for helping to treat serious wounds from trauma or burns. However, vitamin C injections are typically only used when vitamin C levels need to be increased quickly or when poor absorption exists.

IS VITAMIN C SAFE?
 

 

Vitamin C is relatively low risk and the most common adverse effect from a high dosage is mild indigestion. There can be some sensitivity at the injection site after the shot, especially if a series of injections of vitamin C is required as a loading dose so we tend to give shots in different locations each time to prevent this problem.


Vitamin C increases iron absorption from the food you eat. If you take very high doses of vitamin C, your body might absorb too much iron. This would only be a potential problem if you already have high levels of iron in your body so we recommend not taking this vitamin with any oral vitamin c or iron supplements. If you have kidney disease, very high doses of vitamin C is not beneficial so we would recommend you avoid this treatment as high-dose vitamin C injections might increase your chance of developing a kidney stone. People who have a history of kidney stones in the past may have a greater risk so it may be best to avoid this treatment.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A VITAMIN C INJECTION?
 

 

For treating Vitamin C deficiency, we recommend to have a loading dose once a month for 3 months, then a maintenance dose once every 4-6 months.


For illness or wound healing, the typical vitamin C injection dose may be higher so you may wish to have more frequent doses. This can be discussed with your practitioner during a consultation.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A VITAMIN C INJECTION?
 

 

Vitamin C is generally safe and low risk however it can interact with some other medications and can make your urine more acidic. In some cases, this can change how your body excretes certain medication which in turn can change levels of some medications in your body and result in decreased effectiveness or increased side effects. We recommend avoiding Vitamin C injections if you are on any of the following medications:

  • Fluphenazine (Prolixin)

  • Magnesium salicylate (Novasal)

  • Mexiletine (Mexitil)

  • Salsalate

 

If you are taking other medications or being treated for cancer, we advise you to talk to your doctor before taking high-dose vitamin C injections.

 

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WHAT IS VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN
 

 

Biotin is a B-complex vitamin, also known as B7 or Vitamin H that is necessary for the cell growth and the production of fatty acids in living organisms. Biotin is beneficial to everyone, even if you do not have a deficiency.

In particular, Biotin supports the metabolic processes, a fancy way of saying that it triggers the reactions needed to turn food into fuel. Biotin also boosts enzyme production, which in turn supports the metabolisation of fat and carbohydrates.

 

Biotin injections also support healthy cell growth and the creation of amino acids. Amino acids play vital roles in building up proteins (cell strength), so therefore has a great effect on repairing and maintaining skin, hair and nail health.

 

Biotin can be naturally found in many food sources such as red meat, eggs, nuts, seeds and some vegetables. Animal-based protein sources include beef and chicken liver, salmon and eggs all have a high biotin content. It can also be found in smaller amounts in vegetables such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach, and many types of nuts. Vitamin B7 injections provide a much higher dose than can be taken orally or for clients who do not have a diet rich in Biotin.

WHY WOULD I WANT VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN?
 

Thicken and strengthen skin, hair and nails. Assist cell growth for youthful skin glow. Support thyroid function for weight loss.

Benefits of Biotin include:

  • Aids in healthy sweat glands

  • Nerve tissue and bone marrow

  • Improves acne and eczema

  • Strengthens hair and nails

  • Aids in prevention of hair loss

  • Improves blood glucose levels

COULD I HAVE A VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN DEFICIENCY?
 

 

Signs of Biotin deficiency include:

  • Digestive and intestinal tract issues

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Brittle damaged hair or hair loss in unusual amounts

  • Dry irritated skin

  • Chronic fatigue and commonly lacking in energy

  • Mood changes

  • Cognitive impairments

  • Nerve damage

  • Cramps and tingling in the limbs

IS VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN SAFE?
 

 

Vitamin B7 Biotin is a safe treatment with low risk of adverse effects - usually everyone can benefit from an increase in Biotin even if they do not have a deficiency. Possible side effects from an excessive intake of Biotin include headache, dry mouth and constipation. If you were to show any side effects we would extend the period between doses to eliminate this.

Vitamin B7 Biotin increases calcium absorption so if you take very high doses of Biotin, your body might absorb too much calcium. This would only be a potential problem if you already have high levels of calcium in your body or have a condition affected by calcium levels so we recommend not taking this vitamin injection with any additional calcium or biotin oral supplements. If you have a medical condition such as hypercalcemia or a hypersensitivity to calcitrol, very high doses of vitamin B7 is not beneficial so we would recommend you avoid this treatment.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN INJECTION?
 

 

We recommend to have your Vitamin B7 Biotin injection once a month.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A VITAMIN B7 BIOTIN INJECTION?
 

 

Contraindications of a biotin treatment refers to any condition or disease that is not suitable for a treatment. The list of the following are contraindications that could prevent this treatment:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women

  • Allergic reaction to any of the products

  • Under close medical supervision by a hospital

  • Active cancer, undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy

  • Keloid scarring or family history of

  • Hypercalcemia

  • Hypersensitivity to calcitriol

  • Cardiac disease

  • Renal failure