Some people are drawn to IV therapy, also called drip therapy, because they suffer from a chronic condition like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or severe nasal allergies. Others seek it out due to short term illnesses, overexertion, or just feelings of fatigue. IV therapy has been practiced in the US for decades, but has only recently gained a high profile as more people use this therapy to battle pain, fatigue, and chronic health conditions.
What is IV Therapy?
IV therapy involves delivering vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients directly to the bloodstream. Because they bypass the digestive system, IV nutrients are immediately available to be used by cells, tissues, and organs.
IV therapy can also offer fewer side effects by bypassing the stomach and intestines. You are less likely to deal with the indigestion, bloating, cramps, or nausea that some people suffer when they take supplements or shakes orally.
Individuals with digestive issues may have trouble absorbing vitamins and minerals when supplements are taken orally. Using IV therapy instead can ensure that the needed nutrients are absorbed and that your body has the materials it needs.
IVs are inserted by trained and qualified medical personnel while you relax and take your treatment in comfort. Depending on your body and the therapy regimen you are using, an IV treatment can be performed in anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, allowing you to get back to your day refreshed and nourished.
History of IV Therapy
The first research into providing medications or hydration intravenously date back to the 1830s. More research developed in the 1930s, but IVs were not widely used until the 1950s. IV therapy was used most often for rehydration, antibiotics, and other applications where sending fluids directly to the blood stream was beneficial.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Maryland physician Dr. John Myers began treating a wide range of patients with acute and chronic conditions with IV fluids that contained a range of vitamins and minerals. Because Dr. Myers died in 1984, there are not many firm records on what his IV nutrient mix, known as the "Myers Cocktail" contained. However, formulas have been recreated and improved with the input of patients who sought IV therapy from other doctors after Dr. Myers died.
While each health and wellness provider will formulate their own, common cocktails involve:
- B complex
- vitamin C
- dilute hydrochloric acid
We also offer ketamine therapy, which can be helpful for the management of pain caused by fibromyalgia and other chronic pain-causing conditions.
The formula is administered through an IV over a period of around 15 minutes. Formulas can be customized to fit each patient's specific needs. For instance, treatments that are provided for allergies often contain larger amounts of vitamin C because that vitamin has been shown in medical studies to halt histamine action.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with IV Therapy
A wide range of chronic and acute conditions can be ameliorated or helped through the use of the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. A number of people have found relief from symptoms of these conditions with the aid of drip therapy:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Seasonal Allergies
- Colds and Flus
- Immune System Disorders
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Thyroid Issues
In some cases, the vitamins and minerals provide needed extra nutrition to battle pain and fatigue and to support a healthier immune system. In others, vitamins are able to help your body function more effectively to battle issues like seasonal allergies, allergy-related asthma, and other issues.
We work with each patient individually to learn about their medical history and to create a course of treatment for them. Each patient's care is customized to deal specifically with your body and the health issues that you wish to combat.
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Do you think IV nutritional therapy could provide the help you are looking for? Get in touch to make an appointment. We can discuss your health concerns and develop a customized health plan for you.