IVs (intravenous devices) have long been used to dispense medicine like pain narcotics or antibiotics quickly and efficiently into the bloodstream. As of late, more casual IV therapy involving the distribution of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes is gaining popularity as a means of maintaining health and wellbeing, and for good reason.
Conditions IV Therapy Can Help Treat
Generally, the most common conditions IV therapy can assist with are:
- Allergy symptom relief
- Lack of energy
- Gastrointestinal and constipation relief
- Immune support
- Athletic performance recovery
- Hangover and dehydration relief
- Cold and flu symptom alleviation
- Unpleasant pregnancy symptoms
- Headache and migraine relief
What Goes into An IV Bag?
One of the benefits of IV therapy is that we can customize the treatment to your specific needs and health concerns. Some of the most common components included in the IV bags include:
- Antioxidants- Most notably vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants provide immune support and help protect your body from a number of ailments, even pre-mature aging.
- Calcium- Calcium is most commonly associated with bone health but can also help offset certain conditions such as hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid).
- Dextrose- Essentially sugar in water, dextrose provides your body with carbohydrates and is typically used when a patient is severely dehydrated.
- Magnesium- This mineral plays a large role in metabolic function, but can also assist with reducing inflammation, combating cramps, and even treating migraines.
- Saline- Made up of water and sodium chloride, saline serves as a delivery system for the other components of your IV therapy while also providing hydration to the body.
- Vitamin B- In addition to stimulating the immune system, vitamin B complexes can assist with increasing energy, enhancing mood, boosting skin and hair health, and improving memory function.
How IV Therapy Works
First, you will be seated comfortably as one of our nurses disinfects the injection site and places a needle into your vein (typically in the arm). Once inserted, a pump will deliver your specified solution into an IV bag. It then drips from the bag through the catheter and enters your blood stream.
This makes IV therapy particularly effective because then the solution can be absorbed directly into the body. Even when you take multivitamins or supplements, your body may not absorb all the nutrients because they can metabolize before serving their purpose.
On top of that, certain individuals have impaired absorption that reduces the ability to effectively convert nutrients into usable energy for cells. By avoiding passing through the digestive tract, however, you can ensure that these necessary components are available for immediate use by your body, giving you the most potent and effective line of treatment.
The IV drips usually only last between 45-60 minutes and are relatively painless, with the only discomfort stemming from the insertion of the IV itself. Although you will need to keep still during the process, so you do not disturb or dislodge the catheter, you can read a book, watch TV, or scroll through your phone as your treatment takes effect.
For questions, consultations, or to schedule your IV therapy session, contact our office today at (407) 807-6645.