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What is Intravenous Therapy?

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:42 am

Used for decades in hospitals and medical settings, intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, has traditionally aided symptoms from dehydration to nutrient-absorption conditions. In the past few years, IV therapy has increased its presence, popping up in independent clinics and delivery services throughout the world.

Intravenous therapy helps users feel their best through rehydration. But it’s more than just H2O that brings you to ultimate wellness!

What is intravenous therapy? 

Intravenous therapy is a treatment that administers fluids and nutrients directly into the vein. The intravenous route is the quickest way that medications and fluids can enter the body, as they are brought straight into circulation. That being said, they can be used by the body almost immediately. 

When individuals ingest nutrients orally, they rarely receive all the benefits effectively. This is because of a variety of reasons, from the inability for the gut to process nutrients properly to the lack of tolerance for high vitamin and mineral dosages. 

IV therapy eliminates this issue. Intravenous administration allows you to receive the vitamins, minerals and medication you need quickly and in the total amount required. 

What are uses of intravenous therapy? 

You can take or your doctor recommend intravenous therapy to increase your overall wellness, as adequate hydration and nutrient levels are key to achieving maximized health.

Some examples of infusion therapies include:

  • Antibiotic/Antiviral
  • Anti-Coagulation Therapy
  • Anti-Emetics
  • Anti-Hemophilic Factors
  • Blood Component Stimulating Factor
  • Chemotherapy
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Inotropic Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

In addition, IV can also: 

  • Lift immunity 
  • Relieve fatigue 
  • Detoxify the body 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Ease anxiety 
  • Promote athletic recovery 
  • Enhance beauty 
  • Relieve illness 
  • Boost metabolism 

Types of Intravenous therapy

  1. IV Therapy for fluids
  2. IV Therapy for blood transfusions
  3. IV Therapy for medications
  4. IV Therapy for nutrition
  1. What are the three types of IV therapy?

    There are basically three types of IV therapy. There is therapy to provide fluids, to give drugs, or to administer blood products.

  2. Does the IV Infusion process safe? 

    Intravenous therapy is easy and safe. IV treatment is virtually painless, with most patients feeling only a slight initial pinch during IV administration. During the treatment, it’s normal to experience a cooling sensation. No major side effects are associated with intravenous therapy.

  3. What are the complications with intravenous fluid therapy?

    A few minor risks are associated with receiving fluids intravenously. These include infection at the injection site, a dislodged IV catheter, or a collapsed vein. These are easily corrected or treated.

  4. What is IV Vitamin C therapy?

    IV vitamin C therapy is the administration of a high dose of vitamin C administered intravenously. It is an antioxidant that aids in preventing oxidative stress, which essentially strengthens the immune system. Since humans cannot produce vitamin C, it is a nutrient that they must receive from food or supplements. High dose vitamin C can be taken orally, or it delivered through IV infusion. In this process, vitamin C enters the bloodstream directly through the veins. IV vitamin C treatments allow for the nutrient to reach higher levels within the body, as absorption occurs much more quickly.

Benefits of Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy

Helping to neutralize and eliminate many toxins, vitamin C is a powerful antiviral agent. Here are some of the many benefits that IV vitamin C therapy offers: 

  • Decreases pain after injury
  • Helps the body heal more quickly 
  • Increases energy levels and reduces fatigue 
  • Works to prevent infections like cold and flu 

With its many benefits, IV vitamin C therapy is effective in many situations–from fatigue to sickness to injury. 

What are intravenous fluids?

Water, sugar and salt are important in helping the body to function. Intravenous fluids (usually shortened to ‘IV’ fluids) are liquids given to replace water, sugar and salt that you might need if you are ill or having an operation, and can’t eat or drink as you would normally. IV fluids are given straight into a vein through a drip.

Making sure that everyone in the hospital is getting the right amount of fluid is really important for excellent patient care. While you are having IV therapy, you should be monitored regularly. IV fluids should be stopped when you can eat and drink normally.

What does infusion therapy treat?

Infusion therapy is usually employed to treat serious or chronic infections that do not respond to oral antibiotics. Cancers and the pain caused by cancers; diseases of the gastrointestinal tract; dehydration caused by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; and other serious diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, are typical examples. Additional complex illnesses that respond best to intravenous medications include multiple sclerosis, some forms of arthritis, congestive heart failure and some types of immune deficiency disorders. Certain congenital diseases require intravenous medications as well.


IV stands for “intravenous” or “inside the vein”. It means that the patient receives substances directly into their veins through a tube called a cannula. This could be medication or nutrition. In both cases, consult your doctor and IV therapy should be administrated on doctor’s or physician’s recommendation and at the medical environment.

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