IV therapy, or intravenous therapy, involves the delivery of fluids, medications, or nutrition directly into the patient’s veins. This method of introduction into the body is the fastest way to integrate a substance into a patient’s circulatory system.
Historically, IV therapy’s most common use has been for rehydration and delivering nutrition to people who are unable to consume food, water, or medication by mouth. Recently, IV therapy has gained popularity as a form of wellness therapy and is even being used to treat depression and addiction.
In cases of wellness therapy, IV therapy is used to introduce vitamins and beneficial supplements that aim to boost immune systems, increase energy, and reduce hangover effects, among other things.
Does IV Therapy Really Work?
As mentioned above, IV therapy is the fastest way to introduce something into a patient’s circulatory system. This means that, whatever the substance is that’s being introduced, IV therapy is an incredibly effective method of delivery.
In terms of using IV therapy for vitamin delivery, the body absorbs much more of any vitamin that’s being introduced intravenously than if one were to take a supplement orally. For example, when a vitamin is taken by mouth and broken down in the stomach, only about 50% is absorbed. Taken through an IV, however, about 90% of the vitamin is absorbed.
So not only does IV therapy really work, but it works more efficiently than taking vitamins and supplements orally.
Does that mean that vitamin IV therapy will have a big effect on everybody who tries it? Not necessarily. Some people who are already healthy might not experience any noticeable differences.
What are the Types of IV Infusion?
The two types of IV infusion therapies we offer are vitamin therapy and ketamine therapy.
Perhaps the most famous IV vitamin therapy is known as Myer’s Cocktail, which was first developed by John Myers MD, a physician practicing out of Baltimore. Myer’s cocktail consists primarily of magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamins B and B complex including vitamin B5, B6, and B12. The therapy can be used to help with acute fatigue, migraines, cardiovascular diseases, seasonal allergies, and even depression and chronic stress, plus many more conditions.
Ketamine therapy is also administered intravenously and can be used to treat major depression, anxiety, suicidality, and related symptoms. Ketamine has been around for a long time, and is considered by many experts to be a revolutionary medication for treating depression-related symptoms and disorders. Delivering Ketamine via IV means that it works faster and more efficiently.
Is IV Therapy Safe?
The short answer is that, yes, IV therapy is safe. The caveat is that it should only be administered by trained medical professionals.
If the equipment isn’t properly sterilized, there will be a risk of infection. Additionally, any substances that are administered via IV Therapy, whether it’s IV vitamin therapy or IV ketamine therapy, need to be monitored and controlled by a licensed medical professional to prevent overdose and maintain proper levels.
At Sun Health Center, all of our medical staff are licensed experts who are trained and certified in the handling and administering of IV therapy.
At our IV Therapy center near you in Deerfield Beach, FL, Sun Health Center is the premier destination for IV therapies for the treatment of depression, addiction, and general wellness. Contact us today to find out how our different IV therapies can help with your specific needs.
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This article has been medically reviewed by our staff at Sun Health Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida.