IV Therapy is a buzzy treatment that addresses a wide range of needs, everything from the flu to dull hair. But how do the treatments even work, and which specialty cocktail is the right one for you? We’ve put together this guide to IV therapy and our favorite IV Therapy treatments. While IV therapy can’t magically cure everything, it can be a great option to strengthen your body’s defenses and boost your wellness. Read on to learn more!
What is IV therapy?
During an IV therapy session, you receive a dose of vitamins and minerals via a liquid cocktail. This cocktail is delivered directly to your bloodstream through a small tube which is inserted into a vein, usually in your arm. The IV slowly drips the liquid into your bloodstream over the length of your session.
This method ensures that more of the vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the body than is possible via digestion. Also, their wellness-boosting abilities start taking effect quickly as they go straight to your bloodstream.
What can IV therapy treat?
The CDC reports that about 10% of people in the U.S. are deficient in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, D, B6, B12, and iron. This is due to unhealthy diets or issues with absorption. Using IV treatments to boost levels of those vitamins and minerals in the body can increase your energy, cause you to be more clear-headed, reinforce immune defenses, and even improve the texture of skin and hair. So if you do not or cannot take in enough nutrients via your diet, IV treatments can be a great choice for you.
Further, IV therapy may help to alleviate certain chronic conditions. Myers’ cocktail, an IV formulation that has been available since the 70s, has been used to help address asthma, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, pain, allergies, and sinus and respiratory tract infections. Other formulations have been used to treat angina and hyperthyroidism. However, it is important to note that Mint & Needle’s IV therapy treatments are used for wellness purposes, and not for the management of chronic conditions.
IV therapy can also quickly restore hydration after intense exercise or heavy alcohol intake.
Is IV therapy associated with any risks?
It’s recommended that you do your research and talk with your provider about your full medical history before deciding to undergo an IV treatment. Those with kidney disease, heart conditions, and blood pressure conditions should avoid IV therapy.
Be careful when considering an infusion of vitamins and minerals that are unsafe at high concentrations. Too much potassium, for example, can lead to a heart attack. Too much magnesium can also lead to cardiac issues. The specialty cocktails that we offer here at Mint & Needle avoid these potentially harmful concentrations.
In general, though, if you are healthy, the body will excrete most vitamins and minerals in excess through the urinary tract.
IV treatments also involve the usual IV insertion risks, which could include soreness, bruising, infection, and nerve damage (a rare side effect).
What IV cocktails does Mint & Needle offer?
This is a popular cocktail that boosts energy and immunity. Our blend includes vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12. We also include magnesium chloride paired with calcium gluconate, an ingredient that counteracts hypermagnesemia (too much magnesium).
This cocktail helps your body fight off illness and can also help lessen cold symptoms. It includes sodium ascorbate (a form of Vitamin C), glutathione (which is involved in immune system function), and vitamins B1, B3, and B6.
Minted Beauty Bag
This is Mint & Needle’s specialty cocktail designed to improve the health of your hair and skin. It includes Vitamin C, Vitamin B7, biotin, and glutathione. Following a treatment, you may experience stronger, shinier hair and an improved complexion.
IV Therapy is a great option for boosting your wellness. If you’re interested in alternative methods to wellness treatments, you might want to consider getting a Vitamin Shot! You can learn all about the benefits as well as what vitamin shots we offer in this blog post. At Mint & Needle, we strongly believe that beauty comes from the inside out. Taking care of your body and getting the vitamins and minerals you need will help you glow. Book an appointment today at our Middletown, DE, or Lewes, DE offices and get glowing!