First, What is Nutrient IV Vitamin Therapy?
Nutrient IV vitamin therapy is not new. For decades intravenous (IV) infusions have been used to deliver efficient, fast and potent therapies to patients who need them, particularly those who were recovering or healing from medical procedures or athletic events, undergoing chemotherapy or who may have been suffering from malnutrition as a result of gastrointestinal conditions or surgeries.
While there are a variety of medical formulas available to choose from, almost all IV nutrition formulations consist of variations of highly potent vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and or other nutrients. These solutions are injected directly into the bloodstream (by a licensed and trained professional) and when delivered appropriately, they can offer faster and more efficient results than oral medication administration.
What is IV Vitamin Therapy Used For Today?
Intravenous infusions, from the traditional Myers’ Cocktail to glutathione pushes have been used to help address vitamin deficiencies, malabsorption, energy restoration, detoxification or to help jumpstart the metabolism.
While most patients who volunteer to have IV treatments may be seeking this therapy for an energy boost, rehydration, or to help them fight the latest cold or flu virus, the full list of possible benefits and uses we see at practices across the country is far longer and includes:
- Anti-Aging Including Beauty & Skin Improvements (some blends are used to help overall hydration and to boost skin and hair rejuvenation)
- Chelation and Detoxification
- Fight/Minimize The Symptoms of Chronic Illness
- Hormone Replacement
- Hydration & Rehydration
- Immunity Support
- Malabsorption / Vitamin Deficiency (delivering key micronutrients for optimal health and wellness)
- Mental Clarity
- Metabolic and Weight Support (some practices use specific blends to support body fat reduction [lipotropics], boost the metabolism, curb cravings and suppress the appetite)
- Minimizing Inflammation
- Pain Relief and Muscle Recovery
The Pros of Starting IV Vitamin Therapy Services at Your Practice
There are many pros to setting up an IV vitamin therapy service at your practice beyond just the fact that this is now a highly in-demand patient service that has gained popularity over the past few years.
- Fast Delivery and Immediate Intravenous Absorption
Unlike tablets, topical creams or liquid formulas, IV nutrients bypass the digestive system, delivering formulations directly to the bloodstream and tissues. This unlocks the potential for faster and more efficient treatments for patients in need, particularly those who may not be able to respond to oral administration.
- Holistic/Functional Medical Approach
More and more patients are seeking holistic and preventative solutions to help maintain their overall wellness and longevity. Many providers view IV vitamin nutrient therapy as an opportunity to help our body systems counteract the chronic burden of inflammation and oxidative stress in our environment.
- Long Term Wellness
When nutrient IV therapy is administered on a regular basis as part of a comprehensive wellness plan, it can be an effective, complementary wellness service that supports sustained health, hydration, energy, and essential nutrient levels.
The Considerations of Starting IV Vitamin Therapy Services at Your Practice
IV therapy, although trendy and very much in-demand, is a serious form of patient care that needs to be performed by licensed medical professionals. Most states require a Registered Nurse credential, at minimum. Check with your state’s board of medicine to determine the exact requirements for your home state. A full patient history needs to be obtained prior to treatment and the administering clinician must be available for continuous monitoring during the treatment. It is imperative that the clinician has confidence and competence in emergency situations should an adverse event occur.
The Cost of Getting Started with IV Vitamin Therapy?
Getting started with IV therapy is not typically a costly endeavor and can be achieved with a few, simple steps. VLS Pharmacy has no minimum order requirements, you may start by ordering a single vial of medication. All other IV supplies (bags, tubing, catheters, etc) may be purchased from Henry Shein or McKesson. Most medical offices already have accounts with one or both of these medical distributors and are familiar with the easy ordering process. Potentially, the most costly line item of a new IV practice budget is payroll. Having the appropriately licensed and trained team members to administer IVs is of paramount importance and is certainly not an area where saving money should be a strategy.
More information about IV Vitamin Therapy
- Speak to one of our nutritional IV therapy experts about getting started
- Learn more about our expert nutritional IV therapy services at VLS Pharmacy
- Access an expert nutritional IV therapy webinar that covers the basics