Vitamin B12 Injections Maryland

Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common than you think. If you’ve been feeling run down, fatigued, and maybe out of sorts, you may be suffering from a lack of B12. An essential nutrient for your body’s health, it plays a key role in brain function, red blood cell production, and the nervous system.

What Is Vitamin B12?

B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and can travel through the bloodstream. It is a structurally complicated vitamin and naturally occurs in meat products. This means your body does not naturally create it but absorbs it through your dietary habits. Sources of vitamin B12 come from beef, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs, lamb, and pork.  

Individuals who are vegan or vegetarian may have more difficulty receiving vitamin B12 in their system. Unlike other vitamins, B12 absorption depends on the protein produced in your stomach. 

Individuals may have difficulty absorbing the nutrient from the meat products they eat, and a deficiency may occur. Vitamin B12 injections are ideal in these scenarios because it allows the body to absorb it fully without having to go through the digestive system.

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How Treatment Works

Vitamin B12 injections can be used as a supplemental way to encourage total body wellness. Vitamin B12 can be used as an integrative therapeutic tool to help a wide variety of conditions. 

The injection encourages the body to make red blood cells, improving oxygen circulation throughout the body. Vitamin B12 encourages your body to use carbohydrates and fat for the creation of energy and additional protein the body needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Vitamin B12 Injections FAQ's

Why might someone need a vitamin B12 injection?

People may need vitamin B12 injections if they have a deficiency in this vitamin, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Vitamin B12 injections can help to quickly restore levels of this nutrient in the body.

How is a vitamin B12 injection administered?

Vitamin B12 injections are typically administered by a healthcare provider, who will inject the vitamin directly into a muscle, such as the thigh or upper arm.

How often are vitamin B12 injections needed?

The frequency of vitamin B12 injections can vary depending on the individual's needs and the severity of their deficiency. Some people may need injections once a month, while others may need them more or less frequently.

Can vitamin B12 injections interact with other medications?

Vitamin B12 injections can interact with certain medications, so it is important to let your healthcare provider know about any medications you are taking before receiving a vitamin B12 injection.

Are vitamin B12 injections safe?

Vitamin B12 injections are generally considered safe when administered by a qualified healthcare provider. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some potential risks and side effects, such as redness or swelling at the injection site, or an allergic reaction.

What is an Integrative Medicine Approach?

Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and alternative therapies to enhance a patient’s vitality, focusing on whole body wellness. An Integrative Medicine physician will address the root cause of your illness and not just treat the symptoms. By determining what the root is, you and your practitioner can devise a health plan to successfully treat the disease. At Shakthi, we take into account other factors in your life that may be preventing the root cause of your illness or disease from fully healing. We work closely with our patients to address their immediate health needs while developing a personalized wellness plan that encourages whole body wellness. You can learn more here.

What are the benefits of integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine’s biggest benefit is the fact it looks at the patient as a whole individual and addresses the root causes of illnesses by doing so. I went along with this though integrative medicine promotes a symbiotic and collaborative relationship between the doctor and the patient. This means that there is better communication. Another great benefit is that it utilizes every therapy possible to ensure that the patient gets the treatment that is perfect for them.


Where are you located?

We have two locations in Mount Airy and Elkridge Maryland.

Why is integrative medicine not covered by insurance?

Over the past decade or so, integrative medicine has been becoming more and more popular. Because of this popularity, there has been an increase in doctors that practice it. But even with all this popularity unfortunately insurance does not cover integrative health care. The lack of coverage from insurance companies is solely because integrative medicine often encompasses treatments that these health insurance companies degenerative treatments. Because these treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, infrared sauna, and many others are all deemed alternative they are not covered.

What costs are involved? 

We offer two options:
• Yearly Membership
• A La Carte

How do I make an appointment?

You can expect your first visit with Dr. Rao and our team to be more comprehensive than anything you have ever experienced. Our practice is not a revolving door, we won't just visit with you for 5 minutes, hand you a prescription and send you on your way. You can expect the initial visit to last approximately 60 minutes. In that time, Dr. Rao will spend time with you, listen to your history, ask questions, hear your concerns. We put great emphasis on the listening and hearing part of the consult. It is vital in developing a strong doctor, patient relationship and is the only way we can help you get on the right path to healing. After your consult, we will order your testing. Depending on your specific needs a number of tests will be administered. Testing is tailored to each individual. Schedule Appointment Here.

What are five alternative medicines?

There are many different types of alternative medicines but many of them can fall under one of the five main alternative categories. These categories are homeopathy, eastern medicine, naturopathy, and Ayurveda. Within these five types so there are many variations and so choosing one that works for you all relies on what exactly you're looking to gain from choosing alternative medicines.

What does Shakthi Mean?

Shakthi (Shuk-thee) means Strength, Empowerment, and Agent of Change.

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At Shakthi Health and Wellness we offer a la carte and yearly plans that are more comprehensive and often cheaper than traditional insurance plans.

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B12 Injection Specialists

Meet Our Doctors 

Our team is composed of board certified medical doctors who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of injection therapies. Our Specialized Health Care model provides patients with in depth consults with each appointment without the restrictions of time limits and jumping through insurance hoops. 

Jyothi Rao


Dr. Jyothi Rao has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland.

Sudhir Rao


Dr. Sudhir Rao obtained his Medical Doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine, and is the founder of Pain and Spine Specialists. Despite Dr. Rao's years of training focusing on traditional medicine, he developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness with alternative methods after a personal experience with limitations in traditional medicine.

What Does A Vitamin B12 Injection Do?  

A vitamin B12 injection is the most effective way for an individual to receive this supplement. Because this nutrient is critical in so many bodily functions, it does various things to maintain and improve overall wellness.  

The injection encourages the body to make red blood cells, improving oxygen circulation throughout the body. Vitamin B12 encourages your body to use carbohydrates and fat for the creation of energy and additional protein the body needs. It also assists the body in creating a protective sheath around nerve cells, allowing for proper functioning. The nerves in your body are protected and encouraged to work at optimal levels. And the injections can also foster healthy neurological functions. Brain and nerve cells can develop and communicate effectively through the body, improving concentration and fatigue.  

What Conditions Can A Vitamin B12 Injection Treat?  

These injections can be used as a supplemental way to encourage total body wellness. Vitamin B12 can be used as an integrative therapeutic tool to help a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include:  

Depression: Research has suggested a potential link between the regular incorporation of B12 to help prevent depression relapses. With improved energy, one is less likely to sink into a depressive episode.  

Brain Function: Low levels of vitamin B12 have been shown to have links with declined brain function which can lead to cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

Fatigue: Vitamin B12 can support healthy immunity and provide you with a steady boost of energy. This nutrient can help you combat symptoms of fatigue.  

Osteoporosis: Because B12 plays a role in bone health and formation, low levels of the nutrient have been linked with reduced bone bass. Taking vitamin injections can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

B12 Injection Potential Side Effects 

There are a lot of great benefits that come with vitamin B12 injections but just like with everything else there are also potential side effects that you should be aware of before deciding with one of our doctors that this is the right course of action for you and your health concerns.

Vitamin B12 is administered via injection. This means like any other injection-based medication or treatment there may be some reactions around the injection site. Some people experience pain, redness, and swelling around the injection site. Along with this around the injection site, there is a risk of infection so proper wound care is necessary.

Patients with gastrointestinal health concerns can reap a lot of benefits from the administration of a vitamin B12 injection. However, the injection has been known to create some side effects within the gastrointestinal tract. Most often this has to do with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and upset stomach. 

There are those that have negative skin reactions to the B12 injection. These individuals will notice a rash that appears around the injection site and begins to spread. If that is coupled with difficulty breathing you need to immediately notify emergency services because this could be an allergic reaction.

Vitamin B12 is a naturally created vitamin within our bodies. But just because it is a natural occurrence does not mean that does not mean it won't cause side effects in your systems. Many people experience weakness, headaches, and dizziness after the initial injection. This should dissipate quickly. 

There are also those that have a tingling and numb sensation around the location. Even joint pain is a possible side effect along with a low-grade fever however immediately consult with one of our doctors.

These are all minor side effects and definitely should be attended to quickly. However, this naturally creamed vitamin can also potentially have some serious side effects. B12 injections could lower the potassium levels in your body which could lead to muscle cramping, irregular heartbeat, and severe fatigue. 

Potassium is a vital vitamin for our body’s nervous and muscular systems to properly function. These symptoms should be immediately notified to one of our doctors if you experience them.

Vitamin B12 Injections Mount Airy Maryland

If you are interested in learning more about our Vitamin B12 Injections, or would like to schedule an appointment with our office, CALL Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today!

 Speak with our dedicated staff to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jyothi Rao and begin optimizing your body’s vitality. Call (301) 703-5067 and speak to our concierge staff today! 

About Us

We believe in practicing medicine that focuses on whole body health. As integrative medicine doctors we focus our on root cause of your condition with comprehensive treatments that actually heal the body rather than just masking the symptoms of your illness. 

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Patient Testimonials

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Susan Doyle

I started by seeing Dr. Sudhir Rao for my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. I had an accident in July 2010 that caused nerve damage in my ankle. After treatments and surgery, it spread up the entire left side of my body. The only way to describe how you feel is by saying you’re a human pinball machine ? you just never know where the pain is going to be that minute. I had asked about acupuncture because someone had told me that it worked for them. I was at the point of trying anything to lessen the pain because it was getting worse every day.

Anonymous Patient

I am actually a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman. I try to eat well and exercise, but I (like many) felt the creep of age in the form a subtle pounds and decreasing energy. Dr. Rao helped point me in the direction of the correct detox program for me (Core Restore!) as well as the supplements I needed to boost my metabolism and increase my energy! I still need to eat what works for me and avoid the things that don't, and I still have to exercise every day, but my clothes fit better and I have more energy!!

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Anna Smoot

I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back! When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised how by helpful Kelly was on the phone. I didn’t know the details of my insurance coverage and Kelly offered to call my insurance for me. I’ve never had anyone at a doctor’s office do that before.

Debbie Helman

After visiting the Shakthi website and reading other patient testimonials, I was curious about the wide variety of treatments that were available. I have a very slow metabolism, was fatigued, had insomnia, back pain, and just didn’t feel as well as I wanted to in general. I had more allergic reactions and respiratory issues in the preceding months before coming to see Dr. Jyothi Rao. I had completed three courses of prednisone while under the treatment of my traditional doctor and was fed up with that cycle and was looking for another path.

- Debbie Helman

Linda J.

I was given the gift of Dr. Rao's integrative specialty care for Christmas in 2016. I didn?t take advantage of it until March of 2017. My mindset at the time was negative. I had heard about changing eating habits and I felt that I liked the foods I was eating and I was nearly 70, so why change now? After meeting with Dr. Rao and hearing her suggestions, I said I would take it one small step at a time and see what happens.

I was in the worst shape of my life

I was in the worst shape of my life with depression and anxiety. I had given up. Shakthi provided me with a manageable plan that included supplements, diet, and an exercise program that has transformed my body and given me a new outlook on life. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was learning how to be healthy and have a good relationship with my body. I am now more productive, energetic, and focused. The fog that had been clouding my thoughts has lifted.

- Shakthi Patient

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What To Expect

How Treatment Works

Our doctors and staff take time to get invested in your health and well-being. We've taken a step back from mainstream medicine and are challenging the norm. Everyone's healthcare needs are different. You are different. We believe patients shouldn't settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you.


Appointments are conducted on an as-needed basis. Patients can expect appointments to be more thorough and focused on their needs. As Integrative speciality care doctors, we see a limited number of patients which means each of our patients receives dedicated care without the concern of being “rushed” our of an appointment.

Diagnostic Testing

We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. To learn more about the specific tests we offer visit this page here

Costs Involved

Patients receive personalized and tailored care in exchange for a flat fee. Overall cost will be discussed during your initial consultation. Each subsequent appointment will not need to be individually paid for. All patients receive unlimited access to their physicians which leads to better overall health and wellness.

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Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

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Main Phone

(301) 703-5067

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067



Fax #

(301) 703-8880

Fax #

(301) 703-8880

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