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Intravenous (IV) Therapy

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Intravenous (IV) Therapy

What is IV Therapy?
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Intravenous therapy is the slow infusion of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glutathione or other nutrients into the blood stream through a vein.

Who should get IV's?
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One of the benefits of this form of obtaining nutrients is the ability to bypass the absorption process of the digestive system. Many people have a compromised ability to absorb nutrients through the gut due to digestive diseases, poor digestive function or diets lacking in certain vitamins or minerals. By administering nutrients intravenously, we can deliver an exact dose of nutrients to the body without having to pass through the intestines and liver. IV therapy is useful in a variety of conditions. For people with inflammatory bowel disease, IV therapy can help support nutrient status and healing. IV therapy can support the immune system by delivering high doses of vitamin C, zinc, B vitamins, and other minerals to treat and prevent illness. Other conditions that can benefit from IV therapy include: migraines, hypertension, asthma, depression and anxiety, recovery from illness, nausea in pregnancy, adrenal fatigue/burnout, among others.

What exactly is administered in an IV?
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It depends on the patient. A standard ‘Myers IV’ contains vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and B vitamins. Additional trace minerals may be added to support the body, such as zinc, selenium, or potassium, among others. Amino acids may be given to support recovery from illness, surgery or from an athletic event, or to support neurotransmitters.

What is involved in an IV therapy session?
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Your first IV visit will involve a screening assessment to determine if IV therapy is safe for you, and which IV nutrients are most appropriate for your condition. After a screening assessment, you’ll sit in a comfortable reclining chair in the IV lounge with a cup of tea. I will insert small needle into your arm. Discomfort is typically very minimal; it feels like a quick prick, similar to a blood test. Treatments are tailored to the individual, and an IV can take anywhere between 10 minutes to 90 minutes to administer, depending on your condition and the specific IV being prescribed. You’ll be able to read, relax, or nap during your IV. Afterwards, it is safe to go about your usually exercise or activities immediately.