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New Health Benefits from IV Therapies

Nov 01, 2018 09:21AM
by Cathlene Heideman
While it seems that there are significant medical breakthroughs emerging at a quick pace recently, one such innovation actually updates a procedure that has been around for decades. Many people remember the days when intravenous (IV) therapies were used during surgery or to dispense medications. Now, IV's are tailored to the individual needs of the patient—providing fluids and nutrients for everything from a hangover to cancer support.

The primary benefit to IV therapy is that this procedure directly administers nutrients to the bloodstream where they can be absorbed quickly and effectively. Myers cocktail is probably the best-known nutritional IV and can be used for a number of conditions such as fatigue, illness prevention after exposure to germs, recovery from surgery, hangovers, immune support and upper respiratory infection—just to name a few. Many people now get a Myers cocktail IV before an airplane flight as it helps protect the patient from germ-filled airplanes. Given the stress of airline travel, it helps to boost one’s energy when facing demands of traveling. In general, IVs can be a great prevention tool.

Additionally, IV therapy can be especially helpful for acute infection or chronic illness such as Lyme disease or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and for those who may not absorb supplements well when taken orally. There are specific therapies for a variety of health concerns. For those seeking support for infection or when diagnosed with cancer, high-dose vitamin C IV is a great choice. Major auto hemotherapy (ozone) IV therapy oxygenates tissue and drives energy production, while Alpha lipoic acid IV therapy provides an anti-oxidant used in cancer and liver support, as well as detoxification. Finally, Glutathione IV therapy, a master anti-oxidant, helps protect the cells of the body from damage by free radicals

IV Therapy has also been successfully used for immune support and prevention. Those who seek this therapy are interested in making sure that they are absorbing the contents of supplements that are normally taken orally. As there is only so much the gut can absorb when taken orally, it is common that a fair amount of the supplements taken are excreted and wasted. IV nutrients and therapeutic substances go directly into the bloodstream—getting to work right away.  For this reason, this IV therapies are a great choice for acute and chronic disease support, as well as a great choice for maintaining health.

Cathlene Heideman NP, LAc, practices at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) and blends her knowledge of integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbals for the optimal health of the patient. At the on-side lab at NIHA, she can order and administer IV’s so her patients can feel better quickly, for a wide variety of health concerns. Her areas of focus include adult holistic primary care, Lyme disease and co-infections, anti-aging medicine and aesthetic services, gut issues, acupuncture, detoxification and acute and chronic disease management. For more information, visit

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