Nutritional IV Therapies
Prescribing or suggesting vitamins has been a long standing practice of many in the medical profession. Most people are lacking of one or more essential vitamins, which they cannot get from their daily diet. A relatively new health therapy has taken the market by storm, with many celebrities and health personalities promoting its benefits.
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Nutritional IV Therapy can provide tired, low-energy individuals with the pep they need to get through a busy work day or challenging day with the kids. Celebrities like Madonna, Simon Cowell and Cindy Crawford are just a few of the stars who use a nutritional IV for increased energy.
Nutritional IV therapy isn’t just for those looking for a quick boost or recovering from a long night out, IV treatments can also help those who continuously suffer from nutritional deficiencies or are nutritional deprived. A lack of B vitamins for example, can lead to headaches, weakness, tiredness, easy bruising and bleeding. Those suffering from cancers also benefit highly from Nutritional IV therapies.
Nutritional IV Therapies can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Those who are attempting to recover from a tough cold or flu can benefit from the high doses of vitamins provided by an intravenous therapy. Other conditions treated include:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic depression
- Acute or chronic muscle spasm
- Migraine headaches
- Narcotic withdrawal
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
- Respiratory problems
- Acute or chronic asthma
- Cardiovascular disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Athletic recovery
- Acute viral illness/colds
- Acute infections
Each patient will be assessed and provided with a custom treatment plan. The average IV treatment takes 1.5 to 3 hours. Most patients seek 1 to 2 treatments per week. Your physician or practitioner will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you once evaluating your current health and history.
It was 50 years ago that Baltimore doc John Myers developed a nutrient IV therapy to treat fatigue and depression. Today vitamin IV therapies are used to address a variety of health issues and conditions.
The liquid found in your IV drip is a combination of vitamins including essential B vitamins, and vitamin C. Vitamins are provided in larger doses than one could receive from taking a supplement. Drips can also be customized based on a patient’s nutritional needs.
What to Expect
When seeing a doctor about Nutritional IV therapies it’s important to consider your vitamin levels. A quick blood test can determine your nutrient/vitamin levels. If you are high in certain vitamins, please inform your doctor as too much of certain vitamins can cause damage.
Once you have been given the green light for the treatment, a practitioner will hook you up to the IV drip. This involves inserting the IV into your vein via a small needle. Once the IV has been inserted and you have been connected to the nutritional drip bag, you can lay back and relax.
Risks & Side Effects
When the appropriate dose and range of infusion are used there is a low occurrence of side effects. Patients can experience a burning sensation at the IV insertion site in the beginning of the treatment. Other side effects include fever and headache.
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