21, Dec 2023
IV Therapy – What Is It?
417 Integrative Medicine is a type of intravenous (IV) treatment that delivers fluids, vitamins, minerals and/or medications directly to the bloodstream. The process is simple: A healthcare professional disinfects the skin over an injection site, which is usually in your arm, and then places a small tube called an IV into a vein in your arm or hand. Then, the healthcare professional connects the IV to a bag of fluids on a tall stand that pumps the fluid into your body.
Traditionally, medically necessary IV treatments are administered in hospitals or infusion centers (which are outpatient, non-hospital facilities qualified to provide provider-administered medication infusions). But independent boutiques and providers are now offering elective IV hydration and vitamin therapies outside of the hospital setting.
From Hangovers to Hydration: The Role of IV Therapy in Recovery
IV drips hydrate the body more effectively than oral supplements because they bypass the digestive system, which breaks down vitamins and nutrients before they can be absorbed into the body. They also can deliver high amounts of vitamins and minerals—including the antioxidant vitamin C, which supports the immune system, reduces stress, and helps prevent colds and flu.
IV Therapy may help with conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms and anxiety. But it’s important to note that there isn’t enough evidence that these services improve general wellness, and that there are risks associated with injecting into the body. These risks include infection and complications from needles that are not properly sterilized. Plus, the cost of IV therapy can be prohibitive for many people, especially if it’s not covered by insurance.