Intravenous or IV therapy is the delivery of fluids for treatment directly into a vein. For years it has been in use in healthcare facilities and hospitals to treat a variety of health conditions, which include dehydration and particular nutrient-absorption problems.

Over the years, people have been trying IV therapy to experience how effective it truly is. It then reached the level of popularity where it was made more accessible through boutique clinics and health spas. On the flip side, the popularity of this treatment that grew over the years also attracted critics. This resulted in misconceptions circulating about it which affected its credibility.

If you are a person researching for an effective treatment for your medical condition, you want credible information. So here are the myths and misconceptions about IV therapy you shouldn’t believe.
It can be taken at any dosage

The treatment involves injecting nutrients directly to your bloodstream so it quickly reaches cellular level for immediate effect. Contrary to ingesting, wherein the nutrients have to go through our digestive system where it is filtered before reaching our body. The body can take around 12-48 hours to completely digest certain solid food which means the nutrients from your food intake can take a while.

A highly concentrated combination of vitamins and minerals is shot straight into the bloodstream during the therapy. However, the dosage depends on the condition of the individual undergoing it. For instance, the dosage that will be given to a person suffering from seasonal allergies will differ from the one administered to someone recovering from surgery.

The pain is intolerable

Just like in other medical procedures, people worry about how much pain they’ll feel during IV therapy. Putting it simply, the level of discomfort varies from person to person.

A bit of pain should be expected when the needle punctures the skin. There should be little to no pain to expect after the needle is replaced by the IV tube. The treatment is not toxic to the body and a well-placed infusion should not cause any discomfort. Should you feel any, inform your therapy provider of the situation right away.
It’s only for sick people

While it is a fact that IV is recommended for people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or migraines, a person doesn’t have to be sick for them to benefit from it.

Most formulations of IV drip contains nutrients that a healthy person needs. Some drips have magnesium, calcium, and some B vitamins. Thus, people who want to increase their stamina, energy levels, or give their immune system a boost can also gain from this treatment.

It can only be done once

This is only true for people who want to recover from a terrible hangover. Yes, you read it right, IV therapy can also be used to cure hangovers. But if your goal is to gain the required nutrients to stay healthy then your healthcare provider should be able to make a therapy plan to suit your needs.

It’s expensive and takes too much time

IV therapy sessions generally take around 30-45 minutes. It’s the average duration of a quick morning exercise routine. A much quicker and relaxing way to add in your lifestyle.

As for how much it will cost you, take note that a good majority of illnesses are caused by nutrition deficiencies. Prevention is better than cure, and it definitely costs cheaper.

Here’s a reminder as we wrap up: IV therapy is not meant to replace a healthy diet and an adequate amount of sleep. It’s still important to have a healthy lifestyle. IV treatment is only a complementary option and should not be looked at as a permanent solution.

Author’s Bio:

Though not a medical professional, Hodge Racter knows a lot about medical topics, including testosterone replacement therapy (having undergone the procedure himself) and cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries. Today, he remains spry and energetic despite his age, and when he’s not doing freelance work, he’s having quality time with his wife and two dogs.