Unravelling Intravenous Nutrition (IV) Therapy
IV Therapy, commonly known as intravenous therapy, is a medical process where nutrients and hydration are directly infused into the bloodstream. This method ensures an immediate uptake by the body. Unlike oral supplementation, IV Therapy circumvents the digestive system, ensuring a robust 90-100% absorption rate. In contrast, oral intake only yields a potential absorption rate of 20-50%.
With rising stress levels reported by UK workers, it’s not surprising that there’s an increasing demand for IV vitamin clinics, designed specifically to bolster energy and immune response. While IV Therapy might be hailed as a modern trend among professionals, athletes, and celebrities, its origins trace back centuries.
Tracing the Roots of IV Therapy
This medical practice isn’t a recent fad. Its genesis can be traced back to the 1600s when medical professionals first tried intravenous medication. However, it was sidelined due to sanitary concerns. The true potential of IV Therapy was realized during World War I, where it became a pivotal treatment. The landscape shifted again in the 1960s, with Dr. John Myers’ innovative cocktail of vitamins and minerals shaping modern IV Therapy.
IV Therapy’s Diverse Uses
The applications of IV Therapy span:
- Hangover alleviation
- Support for athletic recovery
- Boosting immunity
- Relief from cold and flu symptoms
- Addressing inflammation, digestion issues, and fatigue
Who Can Benefit?
While initially intended for hospital patients with dehydration or nutrient deficiencies, today, even the generally healthy population can harness its benefits. Modern stressors can weaken our well-being and immune system. IV Therapy can counteract this, offering a tangible wellness boost.
Especially during times of heightened stress, IV Therapies like the Myers Cocktail IV and the Immunity Booster IV have become popular choices for clients seeking enhanced energy and immunity.
The IV Therapy Procedure
Despite the initial pinch of the needle, the procedure is relatively comfortable. Clients undergo a medical evaluation before treatment, including a potential blood test to determine nutrient requirements. Once settled into our well-lit IV Therapy room, a trained doctor or nurse will insert an IV catheter, with the treatment duration varying based on the chosen therapy.
Delving into IV Therapy Types: IV Push and IV Drip
These are the two primary forms of IV Therapy, differentiated by treatment duration and fluid volume. Both guarantee a remarkable 90-100% vitamin absorption.
- IV Drip: A slow infusion into the bloodstream via a catheter, lasting 45-60 minutes with an average fluid injection of 250-1000 ml.
- IV Push: Administered slowly into a vein using an existing catheter, taking 15-20 minutes with a 30-60 ml fluid injection.
An IV drip’s content varies based on treatment, but typically includes:
- Saline or glucose solutions
- Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
- Medications, blood products, or contrast agents (in hospital settings)
Popular IV vitamin cocktails often comprise Vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and other antioxidants like glutathione.
The primary advantage of IV Therapy is its efficiency and lack of gastrointestinal side effects. Benefits range from enhanced mood, better energy, and improved immunity to better sleep patterns, hangover relief, and improved complexion.
How Long Do Effects Last?
The full impact is usually felt within 12-24 hours post-infusion and can last anywhere from 8 days to 3 weeks, contingent on individual factors.
Investment in Wellness
Prices range from £50-£400 per session, with most treatments falling between £150-£250.
While generally safe, always consult your primary healthcare provider beforehand. Ensure your chosen clinic follows all safety protocols, from pre-treatment assessments to maintaining a sterile environment.
Before you commit, make sure to ask questions, research the clinic, and ensure they have qualified medical personnel on staff. Always prioritize your safety!