Did you know intravenous (IV) vitamin drips have been around since the 1970s? Dr. John Myers first developed and administered these IV vitamin infusions to treat patients with chronic conditions. His research was later used to create the popular Myers’ cocktail, also known as intravenous micronutrient therapy.
Our team of board-certified doctors at Genesis Integrative Medicine in Geneva, Illinois, understands just how important it is for your body to receive the right amount of nutrients needed for good health. We customize our IV nutrition therapy treatments to help you achieve your medical and health goals.
An introduction to IV nutrition therapy
The Myers’ cocktail is an example of a unique blend of vitamins and minerals that we administer intravenously. Customized IV mixtures help boost immune system function, reduce fatigue, and lessen the effects of seasonal allergies. They also can reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia and asthma.
Many naturopathic doctors promote this treatment because it contains no harmful chemicals or additives. Its composition includes minerals such as calcium, magnesium, along with vitamin C and the B vitamins. It also can include antioxidants such as glutathione and amino acids.
How does IV nutrition therapy work?
IV nutrition therapy works by elevating the amounts of essential vitamins and minerals circulating in your blood. When you receive this therapy intravenously, your body better absorbs more of the vitamins and nutrients than when you take supplements orally.
With oral vitamins and supplements, your body has to digest them in the stomach before they can enter your bloodstream and get to work. Absorption rates from oral supplements differ from person to person, but they’re generally always low. However, with IV therapy, everyone receives more of the nutrients their body needs for optimal wellness.
What happens during an IV nutrition therapy treatment?
We choose a vein in your arm and insert a small catheter. Your customized solution is then allowed to infuse into your body at a slow pace — this lasts up to 30 minutes.
There are little to no side effects. The only minor unpleasant effect you may experience is slight irritation of the vein. Some patients experience flushing and heat caused by the influx of magnesium. Others report a fruity sensation in their mouth that has the taste of vitamins.
For optimal results, we encourage patients to undergo regular infusions at least once or twice every week. You begin to see noticeable changes in your body by the fourth visit. If you suffer from a chronic illness such as fibromyalgia, more frequent infusions might be recommended.
IV nutrition therapy benefits
Delivering much-needed nutrients directly into your bloodstream can improve your overall wellness. It ensures you’re properly hydrated and helps detoxify your body. IV nutrition therapy can help relieve the symptoms of chronic diseases such as migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression.
IV nutrition therapy is so popular that celebrities are not shy to talk about their experiences with the treatment. For example, Award-winning British pop singer Adele reportedly has regular infusions while on tour to help her get through her performances. Antioxidants are particularly useful, as they reduce the chance of bacteria attacking vocal cords.
The doctors and staff at Genesis Integrative Medicine are highly qualified to administer IV nutrition therapy when you need it. To learn more, get in touch with us today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.