What is Therapeutic IV Therapy?
Therapeutic IV therapy is the infusion of highly potent liquid mixtures directly into the vein. Many vitamins lose their potency when in pill form, but when delivered intravenously these vitamins can do more good.
Therapeutic IV therapies come in many forms and can be used to correct electrolyte imbalances, deliver medications, address dehydration, and help relieve symptoms of chemotherapy. A popular therapeutic IV therapy is the Myer’s cocktail which helps address symptoms of dehydration, exhaustion, and hangover. Intravenous vitamin C therapy has been used for the treatment of cancer. Studies show the high dose of vitamin C provided intravenously can improve the quantity and quality of life in cancer patients. Nutritional IV therapies can help address nutritional deficiencies in patients who are in need of higher doses. Vitamin deficiencies can cause a variety of negative symptoms including headaches, weakness, tiredness, and easy bruising and bleeding.
With integrative medicine the patient is treated as an individual. Treatment plans are customized to meet the individual patient’s needs. Patients first meet with a physician to create a custom plan. The average IV treatment takes 1.5 to 3 hours. Most patients receive 1 to 2 treatments per week. Your physician or practitioner will be able to determine the best course of action for you.
Intravenous therapies were first developed in the 1930s by Hirschfeld, Hyman and Wanger but not made widely available until the 1950s. Early intravenous infusions consisted of an open container with a gauze cloth for keeping out debris. In the 1930s a glass vacuum closed bottle was used. Then in the 1950s the plastic bag was created.
Treatments are conducted in our modern medical facility by a certified practitioner. Patients are made to feel at ease and comfortable. The area where needle insertion occurs will be cleaned to prevent infection. A needle will be placed in the vein, and then connected to the IV drip.
What to Expect
When oral nutrients aren’t working, IV therapy can be a useful alternative. Patients should expect a consultation before a treatment plan can be created. Patients should be open and honest with their physician. The physician will use this information to determine if IV therapy is an appropriate treatment course.
Risks & Side Effects
The risks and side effects associated with therapeutic IV therapy are minimal with most therapies. The most common side effect is pain at the injection site. Rarely patients may experience lightheadedness or symptoms of hypoglycemia. Eating well and hydrating before treatment can help reduce these side effects.