Whether you need hydration, medication, or nutrients, the fastest way your body absorbs the benefits is through your bloodstream. For drinks, drugs, and food you take by mouth, the digestive system stands between you and the benefits you may receive.
Digestion takes time, and the process of breaking down food can interfere with the amounts and quality of the nutrients moving through your system. That’s why hospitals use intravenous (IV) delivery when they need to make quick changes for patients.
It’s a short stretch from hospital care to general health. At Westside Pain Specialists, we offer IV vitamin therapy to our patients to ensure that they stay in peak health.
Dr. James Nassiri and his team expertly customize your IV treatment to your needs, whether it’s a vitamin deficiency, pain condition, or other therapeutic application.
Let’s take a look at five myths and facts about IV vitamin therapy so you know what it can and can’t do to help you live a better life.
Myth: IVs are for sick people
Yes, an intravenous feed is a powerful treatment tool when you’re ill. However, it’s also a valid treatment for health maintenance, too.
Marathon runners might choose IV vitamin therapy to jump-start their post-race recovery. Patients who are otherwise healthy but deficient in an important nutrient or vitamin can use IV therapy to top up. IV therapy is not just for the sick.
Myth: Nutrients from food are better
Yes, all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to live can be found in food or drinks. However, variables can affect the bioavailability of nutrients.
For example, certain foods when cooked too little or too much may not release all of the vitamins and minerals contained within. Also, storage of food affects nutrient levels, and we’ve already considered the effects of digestion.
IV therapy delivers precise amounts chosen by Dr. Nassiri for your needs.
Myth: IV therapy is for dehydration and hangovers
IV therapy is a great solution for dehydration since it adds saline directly to your bloodstream where it’s needed the most. Hydration is also effective to relieve hangover symptoms.
It’s only a myth, however, that these are all IV therapy can treat. We regularly use IV vitamin therapy to treat patients with:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Intestinal absorption issues
- Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia
- Low immune system performance
- Sports performance and recovery
We can target your IV cocktail to match the areas in which you’d like to see improvement.
Myth: IVs are painful
Sometimes, you feel a pinch when we insert the IV needle, but that’s all. Not only is the infusion itself painless, but if you’re receiving pain medication for your condition, you’ll likely experience relief before your session is over.
Myth: IV vitamin therapy is unsafe
The risks associated with IV therapy are low. There’s a slight risk of infection that’s similar to having an allergy shot or blood test. Some patients may bruise or bleed for a short time after their session.
The IV cocktail itself is sterile water and any medications and nutrients that Dr. Nassiri recommends for your treatment.
If you have further questions about IV vitamin therapy or if you’re ready to schedule your session, call the nearest location of Westside Pain Specialists in Beverly Hills or Rancho Cucamonga, California, today.