IV Therapy: What it is and How it Works

I have spent the last 6 months undergoing IV therapy. Before I started it, I heard a lot about it from my chronic illness friends, but I was scared to ask questions and didn’t really understand how it worked. Now, after around 20 IV therapy sessions (and almost every IV complication possible), I am a self-proclaimed IV-therapy aficionado. And you can be too!

Here’s a quick summary: IV stands for Intravenous, and IV therapy essentially means that you’re putting a liquid directly into your veins. An IV can be anything from a simple saline drip to chemotherapy. If you’re putting liquid in your veins, it’s an IV.

I get my IVs at a clinic, although there are IV centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals that provide IV services as well.  When I go in for an IV, they take my blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, and then I go back to the room of chairs.

This is me right before my first-ever IV therapy session. Look at how scared and awkward I was!

Once settled, there are various steps taken to prep my veins (heating pad, nitroglycerin ointment, numbing cream), and then they put in the needle, insert the catheter, take out the needle, and hook me up to the IV. 

I was prescribed two different IV therapy treatments. The first is an iron drip, which was used to treat anemia. This IV took 20-40 minutes total, and I only had to do three sessions before I experienced results. Overall it was relatively fast and easy. Fun fact about Iron IVs, if they don’t take them out correctly, the IV fluid can tattoo your skin! 

The second treatment is a four-bag regimine that includes Poly-MVA, Phosphatidyl Choline, Glutathione, and Immune Boost. Let me explain those scary-looking science words to you!

1) Poly-MVA stands for Palladium Lipoic Acid Complex (Poly), Minerals (M), Vitamins (V), and Amino Acids (A). The main goal of this treatment is to promote energy production. Essentially, it helps with cellular reconstruction which in turn helps cells work better and more efficiently. Here are some cool things about Poly-MVA:

  • It is used to treat cancer patients as it starves cancer cells and strengthens healthy cells
  • It removes heavy metals from the bloodstream
  • It promotes liver, nerve, and immune function

2) Phosphatidyl Choline helps build cellular membranes, which dictates what can enter and leave your cells. This helps with:

  • Toxicity and Mold
  • Energy and Fatigue
  • Brain Injuries

3) Glutathione is an antioxidant that is found in the body naturally. It helps your body detox on a cellular level.  This, in turn, helps kick-start the body’s natural processes and strengthens defense and immunity systems. This makes it helpful for:

  • Neurological Conditions
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease

4) Immune Boost (you probably already guessed it…) helps boost the immune system! This is beneficial for:

  • Anyone with an immune system!

I use these IVs to treat fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, POTS, to help detox heavy metals and toxins, and to promote cellular energy production and strength. As stated previously, IVs are used to treat a variety of conditions, and can even be used for colds, the flu, and hangovers! An IV is like medication- there are many kinds, they treat many things, and they have many purposes. If you have any questions about these IVs, or IVs in general, head over to my Instagram @future.dead.person and leave me a comment or a DM! And don’t forget to look out for my next IV Therapy post! (Spoiler: it discusses the complications I’ve had from IVs!) 

Sources: 

http://lotusrainclinic.com/polymva

https://www.gwcim.com/services/phosphatidylcholine/

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-717/glutathione

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