IV therapy is a delivery method for fluids and medication. “IV” stands for intravenous, which means it’s administered through the veins. The fluid that contains vitamins and minerals or medication is delivered via an IV drip or injection into the vein, which allows the therapy to move quickly through your bloodstream.
IV therapies are administered by a healthcare professional, usually a nurse, for a variety of different reasons, from dehydration to medical emergencies. IV therapy can also help address symptoms related to conditions like the cold, the flu, morning sickness and hangovers. In this guide, we’ll discuss how IV therapy works, what its benefits are and how you can get started.
Best Candidates for IV Therapy
Busy mom’s and professionals, athletes and weekend warriors, partiers, people with specific acute or chronic medical conditions, or people who have any of the following conditions or needs. Some of the biggest reasons we recommend and administer wellness IVs is because a person is run down, fatigued, under moderate to severe stress or is at the beginning of an illness such as flu or cold.
The following conditions can be helped through IV therapy:
- Automimmune conditions
- Chronic fatigue
- Neorological conditions
- Liver and kidney disorders
- Memory enhancement
- Lyme disease
- Parkinson’s disease
How IV Therapy works
IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations not obtainable with oral or even intramuscular (IM) administration. For example, taking a high dose of Vitamin C orally could cause diarrhea or GI irritation. An IV of Vitamin C will not cause GI issues and can raise the blood levels high enough to exert effects similar to pharmaceutical drugs such as antivirals, anti-histamines, or smooth muscle relaxants. Similarly, a typical magnesium infusion IV uses 2 gm of magnesium or more– taken orally this amount of magnesium would cause diarrhea and would never be properly absorbed to increase the body’s magnesium stores.
IV nutrient therapy is effective at correcting nutrient deficits inside cells, where they are needed. In certain disease states, the capacity of nutrients to get in and stay inside the cells may be diminished. IV treatments helps get those nutrients inside the cell. The general effect of intravenous therapies, like the Myers cocktail, is an improvement in the energy capacity and function of cells. If your cells can function at their best, it’s more likely you can recover from a health condition.
Each nutrient has important powers in our body. They are essential for metabolic reactions, energy production, muscle relaxation, collagen synthesis, cellular function and repair, detoxification anti-histamine effect, support adrenal function and so much more. Magnesium alone is involved in over 200 metabolic pathways and is a mineral many people are deficient in.
How long does it take to see results from IV Therapy?
Depending on the therapy you may feel results immediately or the benefits may be additive, getting better over time. Results could last from days to months. Often the infusions will reduce the severity or length of a cold or flu.Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia usually improve with weekly or twice monthly injections. In some cases, the improvements are after the first IV, others after 3-4 treatments. Some patients become progressively healthier and eventually stop treatment. Other patients maintain periodic injections to help them function better and restore more energy. In some cases, continued IV therapy may be necessary because a person’s disease state is too advanced to be reversible, therefore ongoing IV nutritional support is recommended.
Is IV Therapy safe?
IV nutrient therapy is generally very safe and poses minimal if any negative side effects. If given too fast, an IV may lower blood pressure causing warmth or dizziness. Although rare, allergic reaction can happen to those with allergies to some of the preservatives in the nutrient vials. Some patients may experience burning at the localized IV site. As with any injectable treatment, there is always a risk of infection or phlebitis, although it is also very rare. You should always seek IV treatment from a properly licensed medical professional who can legally obtain and administer medication and who also has advanced training in dealing with medical emergencies.
How much does IV Therapy cost?
The cost of IV nutrient therapy varies depending on the IV and boosters chosen as well as the market price for compounded and commercial formulas. Your provider will share pricing during consultation. To give you a rough estimate plan on $150-$250 per infusion. IM injections have set pricing depending on injection and discount packages may be available.