IV therapy is short for intravenous therapy. Essentially, it means receiving a dose of medication or nutrients directly into a vein rather than orally. Sometimes this is because the patient is unable to consume it orally, but in most cases, it’s because IV therapy is the safest and most efficient way for them to receive nutrients.
For medical purposes, IV therapy has many uses. The most common use is to deliver a saline solution for patients who need quick rehydration. Other times, the IV drip bag may contain dextrose, a type of sugar, to normalize blood sugar levels. Many surgeries also require patients to be hooked up to an IV solution called a “Ringer’s lactate.” But this article will focus on IV therapy for supplemental health, wellness and beauty purposes.
Like any good thing, IV therapy treatments come with a list of cons too. Since it’s an intravenous procedure, a needle is required to puncture the skin to insert the catheter that will deliver the drip, so those with a fear of needles should take note. The needle needs to go into the vein, and sometimes it can be hard to find the vein through the skin, which necessitates several attempts.
Also, while the catheter tube is in your vein, you may experience bruising or inflammation around the injection site – although this is normal and shouldn’t last more than a few minutes. Lastly, as with any injection, there is always a small risk of infection. This should be mitigated if the nurse administering the treatment is professional and practices basic safety standards.
IV therapy is still relatively new, and many more benefits are still being discovered. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, make sure you choose a reputable wellness clinic to administer it for you. And if you’re interested to talk to a medical professional about it, contact us at any of the channels below.