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I.V. Nutrient Therapy
The Top 3 Reasons for IV Therapy At STARK
What is IV Nutrient therapy?
IV nutrient therapy is the administration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. The nutrients are suspended in a sterile bag of fluid and slowly infused through the same veins used to draw blood. Infusions last between 10-60 minutes depending on the type of IV.
Advantages of IV nutrient therapy over oral administration: bypassing the digestive system and directly delivering the nutrients into the blood stream allows the nutrients to be immediately circulated and delivered to cells and tissues that require these raw materials to function.
Bypassing digestion not only allows for immediate access, high serum concentrations can be achieved which are not obtainable with oral administration. For example, a normal dose of vitamin C (200-2500mg/d) yields a serum vitamin C concentration of 1.2-1.5 mg/dl. Even extremely high oral doses of vitamin C only yield a serum concentration of 9.3 mg/dl. Contrast that with a 50g IV dose of vitamin C which yields a serum concentration of 80 mg/dl.
Higher serum concentrations achieve stronger physiological effects. For example, vitamin C only has antiviral effects when serum concentrations reach 10-15 mg/dl which are not achievable with oral administration are 9.3 mg/dl.
A similar pattern is seen for magnesium. Oral administration of magnesium has little effect on serum concentrations of the mineral. IV administration on the other hand can double or triple serum concentrations of magnesium.
Magnesium can be helpful for relaxing skeletal and smooth muscle as well as improving the function cardiac muscle. Therefore, increasing the serum concentration of magnesium with IV therapy can help relieve acute muscle cramps, migraines and high blood pressure.
The last advantage of bypassing digestion is the reduction of gastrointestinal discomfort. When taking vitamin C, magnesium or other nutrients orally in high doses, individuals may experience bloating, cramps or diarrhea. These symptoms are not experienced when the nutrients are giving in high doses intravenously.
IV nutrient therapy may also be helpful for:
How long has IV nutrient therapy been around?
John Myers, M.D. used IV nutrient therapy to treat many of his patients with a variety of conditions including fatigue, angina, asthma, common cold and pain to name a few. Some patients received IVs one time a week, others one time a month and others got IVs as needed. Some of his patients continued getting IVs for as long as 25 years.
In 1984, when Dr. Myers passed way, many of his patients started seeing Alan Gaby, M.D., asking him to administer the IVs. Dr. Gaby did not know Dr. Myers but over time was able to recreate his IV formula, naming it the "Myer's Cocktail." The Myer's Cocktail has become one of the most frequent nutrient IVs administered to this day. Dr. Gaby went on to formulate many of his own IVs, targeting specific conditions such as chronic fatigue, migraines, surgical recovery protocols and many others. He is often credited with popularizing IV nutrition therapy.