What Is Infusion Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy is a safe and powerful treatment modality that provides intravenous (into the vein) administration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into the bloodstream.
Under healthy conditions, nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and reach cells following the digestive process in the GI system. If your digestive or immune system is not functioning properly, as can occur with many medical conditions, it can become more difficult for the cells throughout the body to obtain the nutrients they need to maintain optimal health.
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Intravenous injection allows your body to quickly achieve blood concentrations of nutrients that are unobtainable through oral or even intramuscular injections. Many people with chronic conditions have impaired gut function (leaky gut) and possible digestion issues that prevent them from absorbing adequate amounts of these nutrients. Given intravenously, the body is able to quickly utilize the nutrients for immediate improvement in the function of the cells.
IV nutrition therapy has been safely used for decades to treat patients with chronic health conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, cardiovascular problems, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Healthy individuals also utilize IV therapy to help enhance their overall health, boost energy levels, improve mood, and prevent illness.
Numerous IV infusions are available and the combination of nutrient infusions can be tailored to address your specific health care needs. Dr. Ruan and his team can create a targeted IV nutrition protocol that will provide the precise nutrients required to help your body naturally heal from within using specialized micronutrient testing. Rather than getting a superficial glimpse at the vitamins and minerals that are in the bloodstream, this test takes a deeper look inside the cells to get a more accurate picture of how your body is using the nutrients. By identifying and treating the true deficiencies, we can optimize your health more effectively and efficiently.
The next few sections describe the more common IV nutrition protocols offered at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine. However, our aim is to personalize the infusion to the needs of the individual using micronutrient testing as a guide. Therefore, the following list is merely a sample of what we offer.
- Vitamin C IV Therapy
- Glutathione IV Therapy
- Myers' Cocktail IV Therapy
When you receive IV therapy, an IV line with a very small needle is placed into either your hand or arm. The treatment may last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the protocol that is recommended. The IV drip is virtually painless, and once it is in, you can sit back and relax until the infusion is completed. Most people leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and enjoy the benefits for some time after treatment. Depending upon your unique health needs, Dr. Ruan will recommend future IV therapy sessions. Some vitamin infusions require multiple treatments to feel the full benefits, this can be directly related to how depleted you are.