B12 injections can be given to patients with low levels of B12 on their blood work, or to those who have symptoms indicating they would gain benefit from receiving them. Symptoms may include: Hair loss, mood disorders, low energy or various conditions related to aging such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
It is helpful to know that one can also increase their B12 levels by taking it in a capsule or sublingual form. Many patients notice a stronger effect if they receive intramuscular injections however because this route of administration allows for enhanced absorption of the vitamin.
Note: Whether you receive B12 orally or via injection, ensure that it is a healthy form of B12 i.e. hydrox or methylcobalamin. Often, cyano-cobalamin is used, and since the co-factor is sourced from cyanide, a heavy metal, the solution becomes something the body needs to detoxify. Hydrox or methyl forms have multiple health properties associated with them. So not only do they not need to be detoxified, but they can also have additional positive effects on your body. The only form of B12 used by KIH practitioners is hydrox or methylcobalamin.
What can I expect?
Once you make an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for a B12 injection, they will conduct an initial assessment with you to determine if it is indicated and safe to proceed with the treatment. If so, you will most likely receive an injection during that appointment. Typically a series of 3-6 B12 injections are recommended but that number can vary based on your individual concerns and clinical presentation. The details will be discussed during your first and follow up appointments.