What is IV Therapy?
By Bill Lovett, M.D.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about IV Therapy lately, such as: How does it work? What are the benefits? What’s the process like? So we wanted to break everything down in hopes to answer all of these questions. Keep reading to learn just what IV Therapy is and what it might be able to do for you.
IV Therapy in the Midwest?
While IV Therapy may be new to some of us here in the Midwest, it’s actually quite an established practice further out west in the United States (think California), as well as up in the northeast (think New York). Part of our mission here at Your Wellness Center is to stay up to date on anything we think may be beneficial to our clients. We want to make sure we are at the forefront of emerging practices. This means trying everything ourselves first to make sure it’s something we truly want to bring on board.
We’ve been talking about IV Therapy for a while now and are excited to finally bring it to all of you here. There are a lot of great and potentially life-changing things we can do with IV Therapy. First, let’s get into just exactly what it is.
What is IV Therapy?
IV Therapy (intravenous therapy) is the direct administration of various nutrients and aminos into the body through the veins, typically producing faster results than that of traditional (often oral) medication. IV Therapy is considered a safe and effective treatment that can be customized to fit your individual needs. The customized treatments often become part of a patient’s monthly health and wellness routine to ensure complete optimization.
When you get out to places like California, or you go out to the Riordan Clinic in Kansas (an established cancer center), cancer patients are typically getting high-dose Vitamin C through an IV along with their traditional chemotherapy. High-dose Vitamin C is very antiviral inside our cells, something we call a cytotoxin, meaning it can help to further destroy cancer cells. That being said, you could never take enough Vitamin C orally to even come close to the concentrations needed for that to happen inside the cells. Hence where IV Therapy comes in.
What about IM Therapy?
Some of these vitamins and minerals can even be administered via IM Therapy (intramuscular injection, meaning injected directly into the muscle). This happens when either a suitable vein cannot be located or a particular blend might cause irritation to the vein. IM Therapy comes in the form of a shot (think Flu Shot). We can sometimes achieve even better results from your chosen blend or supplement than we could with IV Therapy.
An example of this would be with any of our amino acid complexes. While we can certainly administer these via an IV, we’d prefer to inject them directly into the muscle. The reason being is that this would improve the nitrous oxide in the cell. Nitrous oxide is a vasodilator (meaning it dilates blood vessels), making it incredibly helpful for the heart and sex organs, especially for men. If we felt it might help, we could suggest this method as an add-on to some of our sexual health treatments that help with erectile dysfunction.
What Can IV Therapy Help With?
There are many benefits that come along with IV Therapy and every patient’s treatment plan might look a little different. It all depends on what issues they may be struggling with. Here are a few of our blends and what they can help with (click here to head to our IV Therapy page for a full list of treatment options):
This blend contains essential multivitamins (along with other nutrients) that can help lessen on-going pain, chronic symptoms, asthma, and more. This one is considered the “gold standard” for overall wellness and can help with: immunity, hydration, chronic pain, headaches and stress relief, or even brain fog.
Recovery & Performance
Geared for the person who works out frequently, such as an athlete or weekend warrior. Looking to reduce recovery time after an injury? This six-ingredient blend can help do just that, as well as potentially improve overall athletic performance. This blend can also help reduce inflammation.
Used to improve and support your overall immune health. Immunity also aids in the recovery from any active illnesses you might be experiencing. If you’re someone who gets sick often or easily, this would be a great option for you (along with Vitamin C).
As we age, it’s important to keep our brains active and our energy levels high. Additionally, we should be more proactive in warding off infections or viruses. Vitamin C can help us do all of these things, along with improving overall mood. This can be included as an add-on to most any of our other blends as well.
What is the Process Like?
First, you’ll have to fill out our initial consultation form on our website, at which point a member of our staff will then call to help get you on the schedule. We do require
some initial blood work, especially if you’re considering Vitamin C, before administering any of our IV’s. This ensures we’re giving you proper dosage and your body is fit for treatment. Be wary of any facility that does not require blood work prior to treatment.
Once you’ve had your initial consultation and have agreed on a treatment plan with one of our providers, we’ll get you scheduled for your first IV. Time-permitting, we may be able to start you that same day as your consultation, if no blood work is needed.
We’ll then sit you down in one of our comfortable recliners and get the IV going. This will drip and be administered over a period of time, typically 45 minutes to an hour, depending on which blend you might be receiving.
Sometimes if we’re administering super high doses of vitamin C, let’s say for a cancer patient, it could take even longer. We also have our NAD+ blend, often used for dementia or Alzheimer’s, which can take at least two hours and even in some cases up to four hours if receiving a full does (head to our IV Therapy page to learn about NAD+ and why it’s the most robust blend we offer).
Yes, IV Therapy is Safe.
Hopefully after reading through all of this here and on our website, you’ll see just how beneficial IV Therapy can be. It’s safe and we would not bring any treatment into our office if we felt otherwise. We hope to see it happening more and more here in the Midwest.
If you’re interested in starting or want to sit down with one of our providers to learn more, fill out the initial consultation form and we’ll be in touch. You can also give us a call at (513)-791-9474. We hope to hear from you- stay well.