GeneralWhat is IV Therapy?

IV therapy is a treatment that traces its roots back to the 1970s. But we will get to the history later. First, it is important to understand how IV therapy works and why more people than ever are trying it.

How IV Therapy Works

IV therapy (similar to the services offered by theinnerwellness.com) works by using a small tube to administer vitamins and nutrients directly to a client’s bloodstream. The exact mixture and concentration of these ingredients are typically individualized for each client, depending on their desired health outcomes.

Why People Are Trying IV Therapy

Practitioners of IV therapy note that there may be several positive outcomes for the following health concerns:

  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Weight gain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic depression
  • Upset stomach
  • Arthritis

However, it is not only these concerns that IV therapy could have some benefit. For otherwise healthy individuals, there might be some efficacy to the treatment for things like:

  • Skin conditions
  • Muscle growth
  • Mood swings
  • And more!

What’s in an Injection

The practitioners of IV therapy have several different minerals and vitamins at their disposal. Depending on the needs of their clients, these practitioners may use a unique formulation on every visit. This helps narrow down the best minerals and vitamins for the situation and will likely require fine-tuning throughout the process.

Where IV Therapy Began

The beginning of IV therapy is disputable. Wikipedia claims intravenous treatment was not widely available until the 1950s. Though, the hyperlink quoted just redirects us to this article from the New York Times, which is conceivably quoted due to the exchange below:

Additionally, there are many claims about a fellow named John Myers, M.D, who allegedly created a successful infusion named the “Myer’s Cocktail.” However, there seems to be little evidence to reinforce the claim, and it is more likely a form of folklore at this point.

The Bottom Line

First, let’s get this out of the way. Humans were not meant to inject themselves or play with their bloodstream directly. Otherwise, we would have ready access and a biological system to do so. As a result, it is hard to believe that the process of IV therapy is a necessary substitute for common and proven medical practices.

However, that does not mean it is not an effective treatment for individuals who want to benefit from the service. There is much evidence that placebo effects are almost as successful as actual treatments, at least in some cases. Consultation with your family doctor or preferred medical professional is always the right first step to take when trying new medicines or wellness treatments.

So while it might not have the scientific backing of traditional medicine, your interest in the process may be enough to prove it effective. Again, after consulting with your doctor if it is right for you, consider visiting an IV therapy practitioner for more information.

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