IV Therapy, also known as intravenous therapy, is the administration of delivering nutrients and hydration directly into the bloodstream for immediate absorption and use by the body.
IV Therapy is the fastest way to deliver nutrients throughout the body because it bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into the organs, resulting in a 90-100% absorption rate (as opposed to only 20-50% possible orally).
With one-third of US workers experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress, it’s not a coincidence there is a growing need for preventative and therapeutic IV vitamin clinics, that help to boost energy levels and stimulate the immune system.
Although the media portrays IV Therapy as the latest health craze popular among stressed urban professionals, athletes and Hollywood celebrities, the practice has existed for centuries.
A Brief History of IV Therapy
IV Therapy is nothing new in the medical community, nor is it a crazy fad. Medical professionals first attempted injecting medications into veins in the 1600s, but due to poor hygiene, the practice was abandoned.
By World War I, IV Therapy became a lifesaving treatment, but it wasn’t until the 1960s when Dr John Myers developed a world-famous cocktail of vitamins and minerals, the intravenous vitamin therapy we know today began to really take shape.
Who Would Benefit From IV Therapy?
Originally, intravenous nutrients were used mainly in hospitals for patients who were dehydrated, nutrient-deficient, or unable to take medications orally.
Nowadays, pretty healthy people can boost their wellness and energy levels from IV Vitamin Therapy.
The stress of modern living can lower your immune system and general wellbeing: IV Therapy can give that much-needed boost, making it a realistic and practical option.
While stress alone doesn’t cause us to catch a cold or a flu virus, it definitely weakens the immune system’s ability to respond to viruses, leaving us more vulnerable to infection and illness.
So, if you want to boost your immunity, replace lost fluids and electrolytes after a boozy night out or support recovery from high-performance athletics – IV Vitamin Therapy can help to restore your body’s nutrient levels to their optimal state.
What Is the Process of IV Therapy?
Even though the process of IV therapy involves placing a needle into the arm or elsewhere on the body, the slight discomfort is only felt when the skin is first punctured.
Prior to the treatment, all clients have their medical history evaluated. If needed, a blood test is taken to make sure the right amount of nutrients are infused into the body.
Once the consultation is done, you proceed to our bright IV Therapy room and are seated in a comfortable chair to start the treatment. The rate and quantity of intravenous fluid given depend on each client’s medical condition, weight, and age.
A qualified doctor or a nurse will then disinfect the skin over the injection area, which is often on your arm, locate a vein, and insert an IV catheter.
Once the catheter is in place, the procedure will take between 15-45 minutes depending on the type of the treatment.
IV Push and IV Drip – 2 Main Types of IV Therapy
There are 2 main types of IV Therapy, known as IV Push and IV Drip.
The main differences are the duration of the treatment and the amount of injected fluids.
Both IV Push and IV Drip treatments allow for 90-100% vitamin absorption.
What is an IV Drip?
An IV drip is a type of intravenous treatment that is slowly infused into the bloodstream via a plastic catheter inserted into the vein.
To administer an IV Drip, a small plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein using a needle that is then quickly removed once the plastic tube is advanced into the vein.
IV Drips are performed for 45-60 minutes and an average of 250-1000 ml of fluids are injected per session.
During a drip, clients can read, work, or relax.
What is an IV Push?
An IV Push is slowly administrated into a vein via a previously inserted plastic catheter.
IV Pushes are performed for 15-20 minutes and a total of 30-60 ml of fluids are slowly pressed into a vein.
Because of the nature of the process, IV Pushes are supervised by specialists at all times.
What Vitamin Cocktails Are Used in IV Therapy?
- Ascorbic acid (nutrient C)
- B-complex (i.e. vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin B9)
- Amino acids
- Folic acid
- And others.
What Are the Benefits of IV Therapy?
One of the main benefits of IV Therapy is fast, more effective results without gastrointestinal side effects, absorption issues, or loss of potency.
The process allows the nutrients to go right into your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system allowing you to have more energy, think more clearly, and enjoy a better mood.
The benefits will differ depending on the condition treated, the protocol used, the overall health of the client, and how many treatments are done. Some reported benefits include:
- Stronger immunity (warding off a cold or flu)
- Enhanced mood
- Increased sports recovery time
- More energy
- Improved concentration and mental focus
- Increased calmness and relaxation
- Balanced blood sugar
- Improved sleep patterns
- Improved jetlag
- Improved hangover
- Reduced instances of migraines
- Boosted fertility and hormonal imbalance
- Improved complexion
- Reduced signs of aging
How Long Does the IV Therapy Effects Last?
Typically, the effects become fully noticeable after the 12 – 24 hours after infusion, although, many people report feeling better right after treatment.
The effects last for 8 days to 3 weeks depending on the condition, cocktail, and type of IV Therapy.
How Much Does the IV Therapy Cost?
The cost of IV therapy will depend on the type of blend and the number of sessions you choose. IV therapy begins with a free consultation. Please use our contact form for qualified advice and our doctors will help you determine the cost of intravenous therapy just for you.