Everybody knows that getting the proper amounts of daily vitamins and minerals is important. Most people can get all of the vitamins and minerals they need with a proper and healthy diet. Certain conditions, however, may warrant a more intensive medical approach.
There is growing evidence that supports the IV infusion of vitamins as a viable alternative therapy for a variety of conditions. At Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics, we aim to provide IV infusions for a variety of conditions.
What is IV Infusion?
A vitamin infusion involves delivering an intravenous drip of dissolved vitamins and minerals directly to the bloodstream. This process bypasses the digestive tract, which is the greatest limitation in getting high concentrations of vitamins and minerals into the body. It is possible to get much higher cellular concentrations of these nutrients when they are delivered intravenously.
What is IV Infusion Used for?
Critics may argue that such vitamin infusions are not necessary because a person can get all of the nutrients they need to stay healthy with food. This is true in most respects, and most professionals agree that an already healthy person who is eating a proper diet will probably not receive much benefit from an intravenous infusion of additional vitamins.
There are numerous health conditions, however, that may warrant an infusion as a form of treatment in place of or in addition to other treatments. The most common conditions that may benefit from this treatment include:
- Cancer of various forms
- Vitamin deficiency or malnutrition
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Athletic injuries
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic viral conditions
The treatment of cancer is one of the best researched and most supported reasons to seek an infusion. The IV treatment for cancer typically includes very high doses of vitamin C. Concentrations of vitamin C rise higher with IV therapy than they ever could through diet alone.
Vitamin C at these concentrations prove toxic to cancer cells but leave regular cells healthier than they were before.
Treatment of a wide range of other conditions may be possible depending on the exact formula of the infusion. The mix of vitamins and minerals is adjusted depending on the type of treatment sought.
For example, a person wanting help with chronic fatigue may receive mostly B vitamins in their infusion.
What Patients Should Expect During Treatment
Intravenous therapy is still considered a medical procedure. As such, patients should sit down with the professional prior to receiving treatment to discuss all of the options they have as well as associated risks. After this interview, our professional staff will help a patient choose a treatment that is right for them.
The process for a vitamin infusion is very similar to any other use of an IV a person may experience in a medical setting. This will involve the professional looking for a suitable vein, typically somewhere in the arm, and inserting an injection needle into that vein. The vitamin and mineral solution is then slowly delivered via a drip. The treatment process typically takes 30 to 60 minutes.
There is very little if any recovery time needed. At the end of the treatment, the injection needle will be removed and the injection site covered. The injection site should be kept clean while it heals and the dressing may need to be changed once or twice. It is important to monitor the injection site for infection.
Is IV Infusion Effective? When Will Results be Visible?
Research shows that intravenous vitamin infusions are effective at helping to treat certain conditions in most people. Depending on the severity of the condition, multiple treatments may be needed.
Vitamin infusions are most beneficial within the body, so results may not always be visible. This depends greatly on the type of treatment being administered. Patients should start feeling better very quickly, and they may have increased energy and vitality within hours of treatment. The full effects of treatment may take more time and additional infusions.
Why Choose Our Clinic?
Like any medical procedure, an IV vitamin infusion needs to be done by professionals with medical knowledge of the procedure and its proper applications. The highly trained staff at our clinic are fully knowledgeable about how these infusions work as well as the risks and complications that can arise. They will be able to discuss these with patients to be sure they are fully informed. Our clinic is kept clean and sterile, and the equipment used is of the highest quality and will ensure that the benefits are maximized and the risks of infection are minimized.
If you feel you may be a good candidate for IV Vitamin Infusion contact us right away for a consultation. It is also important to check insurance information. Some insurance companies do not cover this new technology, but it is considered on a case-by-case basis.