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What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

IV vitamin therapy, where someone receives high doses of common vitamins and minerals, is growing in popularity to treat certain health conditions. Still, more research is needed to determine its precise efficacy. If you experience symptoms of vitamin deficiency or other health conditions, it may be a good idea to educate yourself about this kind of therapy and what it can offer.

IV Vitamin Therapy: Just The Facts

What vitamins does it include?

IV vitamin therapy can include a wide range of vitamins and minerals customized for a person’s overall health needs and existing medical conditions. Some of its ingredients include:

  • Magnesium, which helps build proteins and strong bones, regulates blood sugar, maintains blood pressure, and facilitates nerve and muscle functions.
  • Calcium, which helps grow healthy bones and teeth, and plays a critical role in preventing blood clotting.
  • B vitamins, which help the process utilized in getting or making energy from the foods we eat.
  • Vitamin C, which is helpful for healing wounds and controlling infections.
  • Vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb and hold onto calcium and phosphorus, critical for making bone. It may also inhibit cancer cell growth, help manage infections, and lower inflammation.

What to expect during IV vitamin therapy

Before beginning IV vitamin therapy, you can expect to undergo a physical examination where your vital statistics like heart and blood pressure will be recorded, and you’ll be asked to talk about your overall health, medical history, and any medications you may be taking.

All clinics which provide IV vitamin therapy are staffed by licensed professionals who will monitor your progress throughout the procedure. You’ll typically be seated in a comfortable chair that may recline. A needle attached to an IV will be inserted into a vein in your arm and hand – you may feel a brief burning sensation from the needle – and the micronutrient blend will be dispensed from a drip bag by a mechanical gravity pump.

IV vitamin therapy offers many potential benefits. It may be able to treat or reduce symptoms related to:

  • According to a study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a mixture of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and magnesium, may help relieve symptoms of acute asthma attacks.
  • Symptoms of migraines may be reduced by IV vitamin therapy which includes high doses of vitamins B6, B9, and B12, as well as vitamins C and E.
  • Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome).
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms may be relieved by vitamin D therapy.
  • Acute muscle spasms may be caused by vitamin deficiency and could be remedied with an infusion of high doses of vitamin B12 complex.
  • The U.S. National Institutes of Health says that upper respiratory tract infections may be treated with high doses of vitamins C, E, D, and A, and minerals such as zinc.
  • Chronic sinusitis.
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Headaches and migraines may be treatable with an IV vitamin therapy rich in coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and riboflavin.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress may be relieved with IV vitamin therapy that includes vitamins B6 and B12 and folate.
  • Hangovers may be relieved with vitamin supplements, including zinc, calcium, potassium, and many others.
  • People with skin problems may see positive outcomes with IV vitamin therapy or other supplements rich in vitamin E, C, and minerals such as zinc.

What is the Myers’ Cocktail?

Intravenous micronutrient therapy, or IV vitamin therapy, was imagined by Baltimore, Maryland physician John Myers in the late 1950s and first administered in the 1970s. Myers’ theory was that there had to be a way to get patients experiencing common ailments and minor medical problems a higher concentration of vitamins and nutrients into their bloodstream, and he was right. The standard IV was then repurposed to include high doses of B vitamins, vitamin C, and others combined with sterile water.

The Myers’ Cocktail can be modified and infused with any vitamin or mineral. Some doctors who administer it have changed the quantity of specific vitamins based on a patient’s health and medical needs. In some cases, IV vitamin therapy has been used to help weaker, older people and children.

Final Thoughts

IV vitamin therapy isn’t for everyone. If you have certain health or medical problems, talk with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. It’s a mostly safe and risk-free procedure, but some people may experience pain, swelling, or redness where the needle is inserted, and could be susceptible to other health problems due to the higher-than-normal doses of vitamins and minerals which are delivered intravenously.

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