What is IV Nutrient Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) therapy is one of the most popular and effective ways to administer vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into the body. Through IV nutrient and hydration therapy, nutrients are absorbed rapidly and at higher bioavailability to the body by bypassing the digestive system and entering directly through the bloodstream.
Whether you’re looking to boost your energy, preparing for or recovering from a workout, boosting your immune system or in need of a hangover cure, an IV injection is a great way to get nutrients into your body FAST.
Why would I get IV Nutrient Therapy?
There are many indications for receiving IV fluid and nutrient replacement therapy. Indications may include but are not limited to dehydration, curing hangover symptoms, immune boost, energy restoration, migraine/headache relief, extreme morning sickness related to pregnancy, treating nutrient deficiencies, cleansing the body of toxins and free radicals, increasing metabolism, promoting cardiovascular health, and easing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
Before receiving IV nutrient therapy, it is important that you consult with your healthcare provider to determine if this treatment is right for you.
What can I expect during my IV infusion?
During your treatment, your nurse will ensure that you are seated or laying down in a comfortable position. If you are apprehensive about IV insertions or have a history of becoming light-headed, share this with your provider so they can ensure you are in a safe surrounding (ie laying down) in the event this should occur.
Your nurse will ask you if you have a preference of which arm is used for the IV insertion or if there is an arm that should be avoided for this treatment.
Once the preferred arm is determined, your nurse will take a visual of potential veins to use based on their experience and expertise with IV insertions. A tourniquet will be applied above the area of choice, likely around your bicep muscle to help the vein be more prominent. Once the vein of choice has been located, likely in the inner portion of the elbow or the hand, the area will be prepped with an alcohol swab or other form of disinfectant.
The nurse will then insert the IV cannula into the vein. Once a good “flash back” of blood is seen by the nurse, the needle portion will be retracted and the plastic cannula will remain in place and secured with tape to the surrounding skin.
Your nurse will then connect a syringe filled with Normal Saline and will flush this through the IV cannula to ensure patency of the IV that was placed. If this is determined to be a viable IV, the normal saline flush will be disconnected and the IV tubing will be connected for your infusion.
The individualized infusion will be prepared and infused into the normal saline bag that has been hung on a pole next to you. Infusion will begin once nurse determines safe to do so.
How do we determine which IV Infusion is right for you?
Our team at Origin Wellness Co. is highly trained and knowledgeable. We pride ourselves in working collaboratively with our clients through discussing your symptoms and desired outcome. With this information, our Doctorate of Nursing- Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, determines which infusion is most appropriate. This is a highly individualized approach to whole-body wellness and we thoroughly understand, one size does NOT fit all. Working with our speciality formulations and trusted pharmacists, we can ensure the right formulation for you. We offer a variety of different infusions focusing on areas such as nausea & vomiting, immunity boosters, energy enhancer, metabolism booster, electrolyte replacements and more!
What can I do to prepare for my IV Infusion?
It is more common than expected for adults to have anxiety around IV insertion. Don’t keep your concerns to yourself. If you’re scared, your body can tense up, making IV insertion more difficult for you and your medical team. Share your concerns with your care providers and ask for their tips on how you can get past your anxiety. Before your treatment, it is important to prepare your body (and veins) so they are easy to find and decreases chances of unsuccessful IV insertion attempts.
Eat a snack or light meal prior to your infusion so there is something in your stomach. This helps to avoid nausea and lightheadedness that could occur from before and after your infusion.
IV infusions can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes, depending on specific treatment. Ensure you have entertainment or relaxation methods with you such as a book, tablet, headphones, phone, magazine, etc.
Wear a loose fitting shirt to help access a vein easier.
Avoid vasoconstricting medications. If possible, avoid taking any over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants the morning of your infusion. Drugs like Sudafed PE and Benadryl contains vasoconstriction components that cause your blood vessels to constrict making it difficult to get an IV insertion in. If this cannot be avoided, be sure to stay extra hydrated prior to your infusion.
Relax! IV can be anxiety producing however our team of highly-qualified nurses will take care of you every step of the way. Before you know it, the infusion will be over and you will be feeling great!