Updated: Jun 8, 2022
Intravenous (IV) Therapy is a method of administration that delivers fluids and essential vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream using a minimally invasive approach. Unlike traditional oral supplements, our IV therapies offer nearly 100% absorption because it bypasses the digestive system.
Who Needs IV Therapy?
Historically, IV therapies are generally provided when the digestive system wasn’t working properly, in emergencies where there was significant blood loss, to provide medications that were not available in oral form, etc. But new research has shown the effectiveness in the use of IV nutritional therapy to promote overall vitamin and mineral health, increase energy, aid in immune health, improve healing time, and so much more.
Advantages of IV Therapy?
IV therapy can be beneficial for many different people for different reasons. IV therapy offers many beneficial aspects such as improving overall health, boosting energy levels, improving cognitive function, restoring balance and homeostasis. It can also help to boost the immune system to ward off illnesses and helps with conditions such as asthma, pain, and other chronic illnesses.
Here are a few examples of how IV therapy can be used:
Athletic Performance: An intense workout can leave your body feeling drained, and sore. IV therapy can be used to help athletes of all levels recover. Athletic performance IV therapy provides fluids that help rehydrate you, while vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids help improve your energy levels and repair any tissue damage.
Headache & Migraine Support: The pain caused by migraines and headaches can be debilitating and the exact cause of these conditions can remain unclear, but common triggers include stress, diet, environment, and certain medications. Those who suffer can learn our triggers and try to avoid them, but migraines and headaches can still occur. IV therapy can provide relief by delivering magnesium, and other medications to help reduce inflammation and nausea.
Immune Support: Your immune system fights off infection and IV therapy can help support your immune system. IV therapy for immune system support includes several vitamins and minerals to naturally boost the immune system and can reduce the chances of illness.
Hangover Relief: Overindulge during a night out? You might wake up with a dry mouth, pounding headache, upset digestive system, and desire to keep the shades drawn. A large glass of water or Gatorade with an over-the-counter pain killer and going back to bed is the usual go-to hangover remedy, but IV therapy can also be a helpful way to obtain relief. IV therapy includes fluids to help rehydrate the body, vitamins to help replace those that are lost due to alcohol intake, and energy levels, and medication to reduce the painful symptoms of nausea, heartburn, and headache.
How long do the effects of IV Therapy Last?
There is no clear-cut answer here. This answer will vary by patient and their underlying health conditions and what we are treating with IV therapy. As a rule of thumb, the effects can last for up to a few days after completing the therapy.
Disadvantages of IV Therapy
Many of the risks associated with infusion therapy are minimized when done in a controlled clinical setting. To receive IV therapy, an IV catheter must be inserted this involves needle insertion into the skin. Our facility makes every attempt to provide a clean environment, but there is always a risk of bacteria and viruses being introduced during insertion. If IV insertion is done properly and within a clean environment, the risk of infection is very low.
Some patient populations should consult with their primary care provider before seeking IV therapy such as chronic kidney disease, certain forms of cancer, or heart failure patients. Most clinics (this includes our office) require a thorough medical history and physical examination before performing an infusion. By monitoring your symptoms and the infusion rate, IV therapy providers can prevent many adverse effects.
Although IV therapy provides many advantages it's important to also understand that they do not provide long-term solutions to many illnesses.
If you are looking for IV Therapy in Albuquerque, look no further! Our experience team is here to help you REFORM your health. Schedule your IV therapy appointment today!