IV, or intravenous, therapy bypasses the digestive system and administers fluids and nutrients directly into the bloodstream. There, they can be immediately absorbed by the body’s tissues and used to hydrate and promote better health.
IV therapy isn’t new or the latest fad. In fact, the practice of using an IV to promote health dates back to the 1600s, when doctors started to inject medications into patients’ veins and even perform transfusions.
During World War I, IV therapy moved into the mainstream by offering lifesaving treatments for injured soldiers. It wasn’t until the 1960s, though, when Dr. John Myers developed his vitamin and mineral “cocktail,” that the therapy truly became widely accepted.
Here at IVY Infusions Medical Spa in Greenwich, Connecticut, Sasha Beatty, MSN, FNP-C and our team wholly endorse IV therapy as a health and wellness booster, which we tailor to your individual needs.
We want our patients to understand the potential of this treatment, so we’ve put together this guide to help you along. Here’s what we’d like you to know.
When water or a vitamin/mineral/medication has to first go through the digestive system — as all oral medications do — some of the water can be excreted, and the nutrients are partly broken down before they reach the organs.
Using the digestive system, only 20%-50% of the nutrients are actually absorbed by the body. With an IV, however, a 90%-100% absorption rate is the norm.
Most people live with some level of dehydration, but IV therapy can quickly hydrate the body, a critical process given that an adult human is about 60% water.
If you then combine the fluids with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, you’ve got a great recipe for when you’re dehydrated, overexerted, or even suffering from a cold or the flu.
There are other applications for the process as well, including balancing hormone levels and improving immunity.
Probably the best known IV therapy is the Myers’ cocktail, a formulation that was so popular that, following Myers’ death in 1984, many of his patients who wanted to continue their injections contacted Myers’ colleague and author Alan Gaby, who kept the procedure alive.
While the exact formulation of the original cocktail has been lost, we do know its basic ingredients, and variations of that therapy are still being used to boost energy levels and treat immune problems.
Along with the basic hydration IV drip, other common infusions include:
This contains nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a coenzyme found naturally in all the body’s cells and an essential part of your metabolism. It also helps fight aging.
This combines essential fluids, vitamins, and minerals designed to lower your toxic load and destroy toxins stored in fat cells that make it harder to lose weight.
This includes powerful antioxidants, including glutathione, cysteine, and arginine. It also helps protect from the flu and other viruses.
Other proprietary formulas that IVY Infusions offers include:
The benefits from the infusions depend on the specific cocktail, but can include:
While some people have an immediately noticeable response to their cocktail, you’re most likely to feel the full effect 12-24 hours after the infusion. The effects can last for eight days to three weeks, depending on the condition being treated and the specific cocktail given.
If your immune system needs a boost, if you’re dehydrated, or if you’re looking for a more efficient way to get your nutrients, IV therapy may be just the thing for you.
Give IVY Infusions Medical Spa a call at 203-397-6865 to schedule a consultation, or book online with us today.