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Does IV Vitamin Therapy Work?

The human body is around sixty percent water.  This means that, to run at its most efficient, the body has to receive the right nutrients and vitamins. An increasingly popular treatment option for hydration, IV vitamin therapy is one of the most rapid and effective routes of administration. Continue reading to learn more about IV vitamin therapy.

What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

IV vitamin therapy refers to a procedure whereby an intravenous catheter is inserted into your arm or hand, and medicine, vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients are dispensed into your bloodstream. Some people receive IV therapy because of a medical need, while others seek faster absorption of vitamins into their system than what would be expected of taking vitamins orally. While vitamins are delivered intravenously, the exact delivery mechanism is available for ketamine therapy.

Who Benefits The Most?

IV vitamin therapy is used in many circumstances. Some athletes are known to use it following a grueling sport or event to replenish low levels of vitamin D. This may be helpful for rehydration, building muscles, strengthening bones, and potentially reducing the risk of inflammation.

IV vitamin therapy may also help reduce symptoms related to:

  • Osteoporosis “causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.”
  • Asthma is a condition where someone’s airways get inflamed, narrow, and swollen and create extra mucus, making it hard to breathe.
  • Migraines are a severe kind of headache of differing intensity, often paired with nausea and sensitivity to sound and light.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is “a serious, long-term illness that affects many-body systems. Another name for it is myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.”
  • Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition resulting in pain over your body, fatigue, and other indicators. Someone with fibromyalgia can be more pain-sensitive than someone who doesn’t have it. This is referred to as abnormal pain perception processing.
  • Allergies happen as your immune system responds to a foreign substance — like pollen, bee venom, pet dander — or a food that doesn’t trigger a reaction in most others.
  • Sinus and respiratory tract infections.

Does IV Vitamin Therapy Work?

Dispensing vitamins and minerals intravenously, rather than through fruits, vegetables, or oral supplements, allows nutrients to be absorbed much quicker by the body and other means of delivery. 

According to ongoing studies, there is some evidence that IV vitamin therapy is beneficial. Many hospitals, medical centers, and medical professionals offer such therapy and ketamine. The Mayo Clinic, for instance, describes the procedure as targeted “for administering medication or nutrition. Infusion therapy reduces medical expenses and decreases time spent in clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes, so you can spend more time doing the things you love.”

According to a clinical trial currently underway, IV vitamin infusion therapy means inserting an IV line into your vein (generally in your arm) to dispense a high concentration of antioxidants, amino acids, liquid vitamins, and minerals into the bloodstream. The therapy may only comprise one vitamin or a mixture of nutrients.

A quick infusion of nutrients has apparent benefits in certain situations and for certain patients, particularly some undergoing kidney disease or cancer treatment. The idea behind IV vitamin therapy is that dispensing specially formulated cocktails of nutrients via an IV can help replenish, fix, and cleanse your body faster than drinking water or eating healthy, for instance.

Possible side effects

The threat of infection is concerning. In one study, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said infection “was the most common side-effect but rarely required in-patient treatment.” Other side effects may include itchiness or redness at the spot of needle insertion.

What Are The Alternatives?

Ketamine therapy is primarily delivered intravenously and offers similar benefits to specific health conditions as IV vitamin therapy. But there are other ways to get more vitamins into your system.

The most popular method, of course, is to eat healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals. This includes:

  • Nonfat and low-fat dairy
  • Dairy substitutes
  • Broccoli
  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Sardines
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Spinach
  • Legumes
  • Whole-grain foods
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Black beans
  • Peas
  • Almonds
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Carrots
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes

Your healthcare provider may suggest exercise as another way to replenish vitamins in your body (vitamin B2, thiamin, and riboflavin).

Final Thoughts

More research is needed to say whether there’s value in IV vitamin therapy, but it’s worth asking your healthcare provider about its pros and cons and if it’s right for you. People with certain health conditions may benefit, but arming yourself with knowledge will help you make the right choices.

Research into the exact benefits of IV vitamin therapy is still ongoing, but we know that it is an effective way to administer nutrients and hydration throughout the body.Renew Ketamine & Wellness Center is Chicagoland’s leading ketamine infusion center, offering innovative treatments for depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain conditions. Contact us today to learn more.


Can PTSD Cause Suicidal Ideation?

If you have post-traumatic stress disorder, you know the challenges that accompany it. Mood swings, bad dreams, flashbacks, and sometimes even trouble functioning in daily life. Many of the symptoms go away, but for some people, they don’t and get worse – sometimes leading to suicidal ideation.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that can affect anyone in any age group, but it only happens after someone goes through or sees a life-threatening circumstance. These kinds of events result in normal reactions to stress, but the symptoms often go away on their own, and most people begin feeling better within a few weeks or months. Educating yourself about PTSD symptoms and treatment options may help you get better and fight off suicidal ideation. 

What Are The Symptoms?

PTSD symptoms are divided into four categories. Many of these can be treated with ketamine therapy.

Reliving the event, which may include:

  • Flashbacks and reliving what happened numerous times. This may result in physical warning signs like shaking, a racing heart, or perspiring
  • Bad dreams
  • Scary thoughts, which can even make you feel as if you’re going through the traumatic event again

Avoidance, including:

  • Staying away from persons, locations, or anything which is a reminder of what happened
  • Avoiding talking or even thinking about what happened
  • Feeling numb

Negative changes in what you believe or feel, such as:

  • Feelings of fear, guilt, or being ashamed of what happened. These are all common feelings linked to suicidal ideation.
  • No longer having an interest in things you used to enjoy doing
  • Having problems remembering what happened

Hyperarousal symptoms, including:

  • Feeling anxious or edgy
  • Having problems concentrating or sleeping
  • Being easily startled or experiencing angry outbursts 

What Is Suicidal Ideation?

Suicidal ideation is when a person talks or has ideas about death and suicide. There are two kinds to be aware of: passive suicidal ideation and active suicidal ideation.

According to Prof. James Overholser of Case Western Reserve University, passive suicidal ideation is known for thoughts or talking about dying or death, but without actively making a detailed plan to follow through on such thoughts. Active suicidal ideation is the opposite – where you have an intent to harm yourself and look for ways to do it.

PTSD & Suicidal Ideation

According to the National Center for PTSD, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers have found “that suicide risk is higher in persons with PTSD.” It makes sense, then, that symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder could drive a person to suicidal ideation and – tragically – end their own life. Studies also have identified suicide risk in people with PTSD, especially in the form of upsetting trauma memories, anger, and lack of impulse control. Suicide risk also increases if you have PTSD and have problems coping with stress and, for instance, can’t express feelings in a healthy manner.

At the core of the discussion are risk factors of suicide manifesting not only in someone with PTSD, but in others with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. If you’re in the throes of suicidal ideation – either talking about suicide, or actively planning to end your own life – there are risk factors you should watch for.

PTSD is often combined with other mental health conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and many others, all of which can lead to suicidal ideation. One study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health reported that people with depression and PTSD “show greater social, occupational, and cognitive impairment, report higher levels of distress, and are more likely to attempt suicide.”

PTSD symptoms may worsen and lead to suicidal ideation because of other risk factors, like other medical problems, environmental stressors in their personal life and elsewhere, a history of personal or family mental health problems or suicide attempts, and childhood abuse.

Diagnosis & Treatment

PTSD symptoms and suicidal ideation are best dealt with by a medical professional specializing in diagnosing and treating either condition. With care and time, you can learn to identify warning signs before they get out of control – many of which subside over time. If your symptoms worsen and they begin affecting your quality of life, seek immediate medical attention.

Once diagnosed, there are many kinds of treatment that can help. Psychotherapy is the go-to treatment, but another popular option is ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine treatment is normally available through licensed specialty clinics but ask your healthcare provider for more information.


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