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Intravenous (IV) therapy is the administration of a variety of nutrients including vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream.This includes nutrients such as vitamin C, B-complex, B12, magnesium, calcium, trace minerals, amino acids, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, myers cocktail and others. Vitamins and minerals are essential for cellular energy production and proper function of biochemical pathways. IV therapy can be used to support a variety of conditions including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic disease states, digestive system issues with malabsorption, acute illness including colds and flus, dehydration and many more.
IV therapy works by administering essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream therefore bypassing the digestive system. This means that IV treatments do not rely on the body to absorb the nutrients but allows the nutrients to enter directly into the blood and be utilized on the cellular level as needed. Additionally, higher doses of vital nutrients can be administered intravenously than would be tolerated by the digestive tract. An example would be high doses of magnesium which if taken orally could cause diarrhea but when administered intravenously does not. Some IV treatments such as high dose vitamin C act with an oxidant and can be useful in a variety of conditions due to potentially causing cellular damage. Providing the body with high concentrations of nutrients allows your cells to be saturated and increase the absorption. Depending on the health condition being treated, different mechanisms of treatment will be addressed through an intravenous approach.
The effects and benefits of IV therapy are individual and are often dependent on the baseline nutrient levels of the patient. If an individual is deficient or has significant issues with cellular utilization, the effects of IV treatments may be short until the baseline level is increased. Chronic disease states may require more long term administration of IV treatments before conditions improve. In acute conditions, the effects may be more noticeable and shorten the duration of the illness.
The cost of IV therapy varies depending on the IV treatment provided. It is best to schedule an in-person IV therapy consultation before treatment, to verify that an individual does not have any contraindications to treatment, review potential risks, and determine what treatment is best. If interested in our or to schedule an appointment, please view the Intravenous Therapy Menu and schedule via the online portal.
Anytime we are introducing a foreign substance into the body there is an area of risk, however we take precautions to minimize the risk of infection or allergic reactions. Research into specific IV therapy and injectable nutrients has not shown any significant risk factors. However with any patient receiving nutrients via infusion therapy or injection (intravenous vitamin and mineral intakes)we perform a thorough intake to establish safety before the procedure.
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