Not All Nutritional IV Therapy Clinics Are The Same – Here’s What You Need To KnowNovember 14, 2019 November 14, 2019
While IV (intravenous) therapies are not at all new, (the foundational and most popular infusion, the “Myers Cocktail,” invented approximately fifty years ago by the late Dr. John Myers), infusion clinics, also known as “drip bars” seem to be popping up all over the place. Not all clinics, mobile or otherwise, however, are equal, or particularly beneficial.
Most nutritional IV therapy clinics offer a “basic” formulation that is either designed just to offer hydration, which serves the dehydrated population (the majority of us to some degree or another), and/or the Myers Cocktail, which includes “magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins, and Vitamin C.”
While it is still debated among medical professionals, the purported benefits of the Myers Cocktail may include:
- Reduced inflammation
- Addressing asthma
- Mitigating migraines
- Lowering high blood pressure
- Enhancing low blood calcium
- Enhancing bone strength
- Promoting healthy hair and skin
- Enhancing memory
- Reducing stress
- Beneficial antioxidant
The ability to mix and match, so to speak, various vitamins and minerals with the goal of achieving a desired health outcome has led to fairly significant creative concoctions expertly marketed to a population eager to land on a quick-fix.
From energy-boosters, rapid weight loss, mood enhancers, hang-over cures to illuminated skin glow and youth in a bag, it seems that whatever a person wants right now is available in an IV bag deliverable into the system faster than a 30-minute lunch break.
But, are these promises too good to be true? And, how do you know if you are getting infused with quality products correctly formulated to provide the benefit you desire?
Before signing up to get any nutritional IV infusion there are a few things to consider:
- What is the educational level of the practitioner directing and/or delivering the infusion? Right now, integrative/alternative/holistic approaches to care are still not taught in the majority of medical schools, and in fact, such modalities are still scoffed at by traditional medical physicians. Ideally, you will seek out a provider who has current continuing medical education credits in the latest peer-reviewed and evidence based complimentary therapies.
- How much experience does the practitioner directing and/or delivering the infusion have? Pop-up “drip bars” and trendy infusion clinics seem to showing up even in the most unlikely of small communities. While this is not necessarily a negative thing, in fact, access to quality care is vital, it should give the prospective patient pause to consider that it is quality care they will be receiving.
- How many sessions are necessary to actually realize the benefits of the nutritional IV infusion therapy? This actually will vary depending upon a couple of factors, such as:
- You – are you already in an optimized state of health? Or, are you suffering from chronic pain, illness, and/or disease on a consistent basis? Your state of health will have an impact on how many sessions you may require before you experience any benefit.
- What’s in the “cocktail?” A liter bag of hydration may be what you need if you are suffering from dehydration, but will not provide you with a surge of energy, enhance focus, or control your appetite. Different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and peptides have different purported benefits, and depending upon which one’s and how much of each you are receiving will have an effect on the level of benefit derived.
- What are your expectations? The only magic cure to feeling your best is you; there are no quick fixes to be found in any pill, or in any infusion bag. If you receive an infusion and expect to walk out after a 30-minute single session, being cured of whatever ails you, you will be disappointed. However, if you have an open-mind, and are dedicated to supplementing your proactive, preventive approach to optimized health and longevity with nutritional IV therapies, consistently, you will be setting yourself up for even greater success.
We hope you found this information helpful. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will share stories of a couple of patient-partners who came to Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center in severe states of pain, and on the verge of losing all hope.
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