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IV Nutritional Therapy: What Exactly Is It?

By October 23, 2019 February 28th, 2020 Integrative Medicine
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Due to its widespread celebrity endorsement, most individuals have heard of IV nutritional therapy. Perhaps Adele and her vocal cord concoction come to mind. Rihanna and Cindy Crawford are two more noteworthy names known to utilize the therapy.

However, most people probably do not understand what IV nutritional therapy is – exactly. Many individuals are probably skeptical of its validity. Is it just another celebrity-endorsed health fad?

Below, we explore the definition of IV nutritional therapy, its proposed benefits, its curious history, and our professional opinion on the popular technique.

What is the Definition of IV Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy is the intravenous infusion of sterile, naturally-occurring solutions, including electrolytes, vitamins, and amino acids. These solutions are made from micronutrients. The premise behind IV nutritional therapy is this: infusing micronutrients necessary for the human body into the bloodstream directly allows for fuller absorption. Dr. Dena Westphalen, PharmD stated: “A vitamin that’s taken by mouth gets broken down in the stomach and digestive tract and is limited on how much can be absorbed (50 percent). If, however, the vitamin is given through an IV, it’s absorbed at a much higher percentage (90 percent).” The technique seems trustworthy, but what are the benefits of direct infusion?

What Are the Anticipated Benefits of IV Nutritional Therapy?

IV nutritional therapy is sometimes utilized as a “quick fix” to treat spur-of-the-moment issues such as hangovers, marathon recovery, improved skin clarity, or jet lag. Others receive treatment to ward off approaching illness. Some adopt IV therapy into their weekly or monthly fitness regimen. These individuals choose solutions promising anti-aging, stress management, toxin flushing, hormone balance, or chronic fatigue/ pain relief.

What About the History of the Therapy?

Intravenous therapy is not a newfangled invention.

Injections were widely used in the mid-1800s to generally address health issues. As time passed, the practice improved. In the early 1930s, Dr. Thomas Latta and Dr. James Blundell utilized transfusions to fight cholera and postpartum hemorrhages. In the 1960s, Dr. John Myers began creating a “cocktail solution” for intravenous infusion from vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C and selenium. Since Dr. Myers’ death, nutrition infusion therapy has been utilized in hospital settings to help restore nutrient deficiencies. In the modern medical age, IV therapy is readily used to treat countless patients.

So… Is it Legitimate? Our Professional Option:

At The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine, we believe that IV nutritional therapy is an efficient, effective, and minimally invasive method to address a broad variety of health issues. At LaCava, we commonly use Myers’ Cocktail. This famous solution includes Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, and a variety of other micronutrients. As a team of doctors dedicated to the lasting welfare of our patients, we have seen the Myers’ Cocktail improve chronic fatigue, depression, muscle spasm, fibromyalgia, migraines, narcotic withdrawal and a plethora of other health concerns via intravenous infusion.

If you have any further questions, or would like to request a free consultation, contact us today at (847) 695-6262 or via our online form!

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