You may have seen Instagram photos of actors, athletes, or other celebrities receiving IV hydration therapy and wondered if this treatment could benefit you. The answer is likely yes. IV hydration therapy has risen to popularity because it boasts a tremendous range of benefits. However, there are a number of different IV infusions available, which can make things a bit confusing. So we’ve assembled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this therapy to help you understand its value and versatility.
1. What Is IV Hydration Therapy?
IV hydration therapy, IV infusion therapy, and IV vitamin therapy are all terms used to describe the process of administering nutrients or fluids directly into a patient’s bloodstream. The precise combination of fluids, vitamins, and minerals being administered varies, but they are all injected via a small needle placed into a patient’s vein. IV hydration therapy can be employed to help muscles recover after working out, alleviate symptoms of a hangover, prevent migraines, and much more.
2. How Does IV Therapy Work?
IV hydration therapy is so effective because it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. This not only delivers noticeable results faster but also ensures more of the nutrients get to the cells that need them.
When humans consume vitamins or minerals orally (whether in the form of supplements or food) these nutrients get broken down as they pass through the stomach. Only about 50% of the nutrients we eat can be utilized by the body. IV therapies overcome this challenge by delivering key vitamins and minerals directly into a patient’s bloodstream, which ensures that a much higher percentage gets absorbed and utilized by the body.
3. What Is the Difference Between Push IV Therapy and IV Drip Therapy?
IV push therapy is faster. For push IV therapy, fluid and nutrient infusions are injected using a syringe. Push IV Therapy typically takes about 15 minutes, but this is only available for certain infusions. During IV drip therapy, fluid and nutrient infusions are administered more slowly using the pull of gravity which creates a “drip.” One of the benefits of this administration method is that it can mitigate certain side effects, such as nausea, by giving the body more time to absorb the nutrients.
4. How Long Does IV Therapy Take?
Because treatments are tailored to each patient, the amount of time IV hydration therapy takes varies. Treatment sessions commonly last between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the specific infusion being given and the symptoms being treated.
5. How Often Should You Do IV Hydration Therapy?
There are many different IV infusions available and the frequency of treatments can be tailored to meet each unique patient’s needs. Some people incorporate IV hydration therapy into their routine, particularly if they are using it to aid in muscle recovery, prevent migraines, or enhance cognitive performance. IV therapy can also be used as a single treatment for an acute condition such as a hangover.
6. What Is the Most Popular IV Drip and Why?
The Myer’s cocktail is perhaps the most well-known IV therapy in part because it has been around the longest. Named after its inventor, the late Dr. John Myers, MD, this popular IV drip boasts many benefits, including boosting energy, immunity, and athletic performance. This particular IV hydration therapy can be used to alleviate symptoms of a range of conditions and ailments, including:
- Respiratory Infections
- Flu and Cold Symptoms
- Seasonal Allergies
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sinus Infections
- Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Celiac Disease
7. Can Anyone Receive IV Hydration Therapy?
IV hydration therapy is an elective therapy available to most patients between the ages of 18 and 65. It is important to provide your doctor or clinician with a complete medical history including a list of any allergies before beginning treatment. Certain infusions may not be right for you based on that information. Also, some infusions are not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. For more specific information regarding which infusions could be right for you, speak to your doctor or book a personalized consultation at Aspire Regenerative.
8. Does IV Hydration Therapy Hurt?
Because IV hydration therapy is administered intravenously, you may experience a pinching sensation or mild discomfort as the small needle is being placed, but you should not be in extreme pain. Topical anesthetics, such as lidocaine, can also be used to mitigate most discomfort. After treatment, some patients do experience minor bruising at the insertion site but this should heal quickly.
9. Does IV Therapy Work As a Preventative?
Absolutely! Many IV infusions can be used as a preventative measure. IV hydration therapy can help patients prepare for upcoming events, travel, and seasonal changes by:
- Boosting the immune system during cold and flu season
- Preventing headaches and migraines
- Supporting healthy breathing when pollen levels are high
- Boosting energy and hydrating before international travel to avoid jet lag
- Supplying muscles with the nutrients necessary to recover quickly after exercise
- Boosting cognitive function before a big exam or presentation
10. Which IV Hydration Therapy Is Right for Me?
One of the great things about IV hydration therapy is that there are so many different infusions available. This means that treatments can be tailored to each unique patient’s health and wellness goals. For more information on the specific IV hydration therapies offered at Aspire Regenerative, visit our services page. You can also book a consultation and our doctors will be able to make personalized treatment recommendations based on your medical history and the specific health, wellness, and beauty benefits you’re seeking.