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IV Therapy, What’s With All The Hype?

Boost your immune system?  Cure for the Friday night hangover?  Re-hydrate after competing?  Help with weight loss?  More energy?

Improvement in these areas using IV therapies has been gaining popularity the last few years.   However, the concept is not a new one.  It has been around since the 1970’s when Dr. John Meyer out of Baltimore, Maryland, began providing this service to his patients.  Hence the most popular IV, The “Meyers Cocktail.”  He found that many of his patient’s chronic health conditions improved with the use of these infusions and their symptoms returned once they stopped for an extended period of time. This particular IV treatment which consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, has been found to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders.

One might ask, why not just take oral supplements of these essential vitamins?  When these vitamins are delivered to the body through an IV you bypass the stomach and digestive issues that a patient may have and the absorption rate is much higher.  A tablet or capsule taken orally on a daily basis is typically less than 50% absorbed because it is affected by so many factors, such as age, genetics, metabolism, health status, just to name a few.  The body receives much higher concentrations of these important vitamins and minerals intravenously and the rate of absorption pushes 90%.

Over the years many more IV therapies have been formulated targeting specific concerns a patient may present with and they can really be tailored to what the patient needs. Whether you want a boost of the immune system before a trip or are just looking for improved energy and metabolism for weight loss there is a formulation for you.  Please make sure you are scheduling your IV therapy at a REPUTABLE, CLEAN, MEDICAL environment/facility!  Since IV therapy has gained popularity, more and more “IV Lounges” seem to be popping up.  If you are getting your IV from Groupon, what quality or quantity do you really expect?  I am definitely not throwing a dig at the Groupon craze, but as for me, if someone is sticking a needle (or catheter) in my arm and putting unknown vitamins in my veins-the last thing I want is the cheapest.  After all, “You get what you pay for.”