Intravenous therapy also known as IV therapy is a form of treatment that involves infusion of required fluids directly into the blood stream of a patient. The liquid substance is injected into the vein hence the word ‘intravenous’. This form of treatment, which is offered in the center for integrative medicine, is mostly referred to as drip since most systems that involve this form of treatment use a drip chamber. The drip acts to prevent entry of air into the blood stream and allows controlled rate of flow. This treatment is used to treat patients who are dehydrated, correct electrolyte imbalance in the body, blood transfusion and chemotherapy for cancer patients. There are different substances that are infused in the body intravenously and they include:
- Volume expanders such as crystalloids
- Blood based products like cryoprecipitate
- Blood substitutes
- Certain types of medications
The benefits of IV treatment
The nutrients and medication offered at a holistic center quickly circulates in the blood stream delivering to the body cells and making them available for use. The process is fast and is effective for a patient who is in critical need of the medication. This is because the nutrients do not have to go through the digestive system and the liver. Relatively fewer side effects: Intravenous treatment avoids the stomach and intestines by going straight to the cells through the veins. Side effects such as nausea, diarrhea and others are avoided compared to ingestion of the same substances via mouth.
High dose treatment: There are some cases, which the body requires high doses of certain vitamins that are not achievable by oral ingestion. Those medication or nutrients that are swallowed in capsule or liquid form are excreted and small amounts are absorbed into the blood. Intravenous therapy allows such patients to receive the required amount of substance at a fast rate hence increasing the rate of recovery.
Intravenous therapy increases the efficiency of blood circulation by removing blockages in the veins and arteries. The infused medication travels through the blood vessels located in the blood stream to reach the body cells. Cancer patients that use this form of therapy recover quickly especially in cases involving pediatric cancer patients who receive chemotherapy through IV. It prevents the growth of cancerous cells in the body by destroying harmful cells. IV treatment is less painful and irritable. The patient is therefore relaxed hence allowing the medication to flow into the bloodstream and fastening the healing process. This form of treatment can be used to avoid chelation therapy side effects.