What is IV Therapy?
IV Nutrient Therapy is the slow infusion of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream (intravenously infused) through an IV drip. It is a safe, powerful and innovative therapy that supports the resolution of numerous health problems such as infections, fatigue, heart disease and even cancer. For healthy individuals, IV Therapy is great for boosting health and preventing illness. Anchor Wellness Center prescribes intravenous solutions with a variety of ingredients customized for each individual.
- Normal or High Doses of Vitamin C
- Mineral Nutrients
- Lipoic Acid
How Do Intravenous Vitamins and Minerals Work?
- Intravenous vitamins and minerals work in various ways.
- Correcting nutritional and biochemical deficiencies
- Improving the function of cells and the immune system
- Protecting cells from damage
- Decreasing inflammation
- Detoxifying the system
Many studies, including those in peer reviewed publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine [Eat Right and Take a Multivitamin, N Engl J Med 338:1060, April 9, 1998 Editorial N Engl J Med 338:1060, April 9, 1998 Editorial1], indicate that multivitamins may help supply basic biochemical building blocks frequently deficient in people with chronic degenerative diseases.
In addition to anti-aging benefits and support of overall wellness, IV Therapy can positively impact many health conditions, including (but not limited to):
- Executive Stress Relief
- Infectious conditions such as hepatitis, flu, viral diseases, upper respiratory tract infections
- Seasonal or Chronic allergic problems
- Headaches including Migraines
- Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus)
- Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Cardiovascular disease
- Post Chemotherapy Nutritional Support therapy
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)
- Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis
- Narcotic withdrawal
- Smoking cessation
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Chronic urticaria
- Diminished athletic performance
IV Therapies Offered At Anchor Wellness Center
At Anchor Wellness Center we offer several different types of intravenous therapies, depending on patient needs and conditions. These can range from immune system enhancement to detoxification and relaxation.
Also known as the Myers cocktail, the Calm IV is a well-known and highly effective IV formulation for anxiety and relaxation. Consisting of high doses of B vitamins and magnesium, along with other nutrients, the calm IV can result in immediate relaxation, lowering of blood pressure, and easing of anxiety.
The Antioxidant IV can consist of glutathione, apha lipoic acid (ALA), or both, depending on what is best for each patient. Glutathione is one of the body’s most effective antioxidant and detoxifying substances, especially for the brain and liver. Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant and dramatically improves the detoxification and rebuilding process in the body. Alpha lipoic acid is another extremely useful and powerful antioxidant that has been shown in medical studies to reverse nerve damage, and is also useful for treating liver problems, including hepatitis. The combination of glutathione and alpha lipoic acid (infused separately) is an extremely powerful antioxidant and detoxification regimen.
For anyone suffering from immune disorders or anyone just needing an immune boost we offer our Immune IV. This IV consists of buffered vitamin C in very high doses. High-dose intravenous vitamin C is no longer antioxidant but in fact turns into a pro-oxidant against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
The Boost IV is a high dose vitamin C and multivitamin/mineral combination that is great for those who are worn down by stress or illness, or those just seeking to stay healthy and energized. The Boost IV is great for cold and flu season and can be followed by the Antiox IV for even more antioxidant protection.
A high dose nutrient combination including amino acids, B vitamins, and Magnesium, the Detox IV is particularly helpful for those patients recovering from drug abuse, medications or heavy alcohol use. The heavy use of alcohol or drugs can deplete the body of vital nutrients and amino acids, leading to serious side effects and symptoms. With the Detox IV, a custom tailored formula for each patient is created to aid in the recovery process and reduce symptoms of withdrawal.
Running a Marathon, or planning a heavy workout. This IV is perfect for athletes, gym rats, weekend warriors. This IV helps you achieve maximum output and improves muscle and fitness health. This treatment provides a concentrated dose of amino acids, electrolytes, and multi-vitamins, which produce immediate results and support the rebuilding of your muscles. It is perfect for non-professional athletes as a pre-endurance boost or post-event recovery plan.
Poor diet choices, metabolic problems, hormone imbalance, food allergies, and vitamin deficiencies are all causes of weight gain. Weight loss IV therapy combines carnitine, KCL, NAC, DMAE, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, calcium d-gluconate, and ginkgo biloba to improve cravings, replenish important nutrients, enhance energy, regulate blood sugar, and support detoxification.
Libido Lift IV
A powerful mix of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids like taurine and arginine. This drip is ideal for those that want to improve their sexual drive and stamina. Arginine is metabolically transformed in our body into Nitric oxide which causes blood vessels to dilate for improved blood flow. It also stimulates the release of growth hormone and insulin, helps control blood pressure, bolsters the immune system and many other physiological health benefits. Supplementation with Arginine has been scientifically proven to support muscle metabolism and promote healthy sexual performance. Enhance your intimate moments in a safe and natural way.
Skin Lightening IV
Skin color is determined by the production of melanin, which is produced by melanocytes in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Increased melanin in the body means the darker the skin will be. Glutathione inhibits the melanin production therefore reduces the concentration of pigmentation. As a result, it lightens and evens the skin tone.
Glutathione can also be used in combination with Vitamin C as an even more potent formulation that slows the rate of free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This powerful combination, deposits evenly throughout the body when given via IV, to eradicate oxidative damaged cells (which cause skin to darken) and lighten the skin naturally, safely, & evenly.
Benefits can Include:
- Whiter Skin
- Removal of skin blemishes (Scars, pigmentation, uneven skin tones)
- Production of collagen to enhance elasticity
- Eradication of acne, blemishes and pimples
- Enhanced immunity
- Improved energy and reduced fatigue
- Improved quality & texture of skin
- Enhanced radiance, glowing, and moisturized skin
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
Skin – Glo IV
Beauty is skin deep after all. It begins at the cellular level. This perfect blend lightens your skin and gives you a beauty boost from the inside out! Hydration, high dose Glutathione push, Biotin, along with our special vitamin blend will keep your skin, hair and nails looking pristine.
Hangover Help IV
Resurrect yourself with this specially formulated cocktail. This infusion is known in the emergency department as the “banana bag” and has been clinically used by physicians for decades. The Hangover Drip is rich in nutrients and vitamins without having to incur the steep cost of an emergency room visit. Hydrate yourself with this all-encompassing blend that will alleviate any headache, fatigue, or withdrawal symptoms.
Memory Boost IV
Everyone has experienced a moment of forgetfulness, but brain cells, like connections on a subway line, need to be continuously refueled and maintained. The nutrients found in our memory IV therapy solution focus on circulation to the brain. Vitamin C, NAC, carnitine, glutamine, green tea, and DMAE work synergistically to deliver targeted brain support.
The sky’s the limit with this blend! This is our executive stress concoction. Infused with an array of multivitamins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants, this treatment will optimize performance, neurological function, increase immune support, fight against free radicals, diminish side effects of stress, illuminate your skin, and keep you feeling revitalized.
Give your immune system a boost with this high dose of antioxidants and immune system supporters, including Vitamin C, Zinc, and Selenium.
Oxygenate Hydrogen Peroxide IV
When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with blood it reacts with the enzyme catalase, causing it to break down into water as well as into copious quantities of oxygen. By releasing bursts of oxygen in the bloodstream, the hydrogen peroxide in Oxygenate helps your immune system fight acute and chronic infections. Advocates of this therapy claim that injecting 3% hydrogen peroxide intravenously via a drip for approximately an hour and a half per session will cure a number of diverse conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer. It also stimulates the body’s production of white blood cells, helps to break down calcium deposits within blood vessels, dissolves cholesterol, and converts the waste products and toxins that are the by-products of cellular processes into a form that is easily eliminated
Oxygenate can be done daily during acute viral illnesses like the flu or 2–3 times a week for chronic infections like mononucleosis or Lyme.
Why do vitamins and minerals need to be given intravenously?
Typically, nutrients reach your cells through the process of digestion. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract breaks down the food you eat (or the pills you swallow) and passes the nutrients along to the blood through the lining of the GI tract. When nutrients are infused directly into the bloodstream, they bypass the GI and are carried directly to the needy cells via the blood.
Many patients who seek our help did not experience health improvements with medications and high doses of oral supplements. Generally, it can be useful to take vitamins and minerals orally, and we recommend that when appropriate. But, if vitamins and minerals are not adequately absorbed into the body, they are useless.
Frequently, due to certain disease states that create intestinal malabsorption, or if your digestion is weak or if your gut cannot process high concentrations of nutrient, patients do not adequately absorb vitamins and minerals through the gut, or gastrointestinal tract. This creates a situation in which patients do not experience the results they want.
Intravenous treatments are exceptionally powerful because they circumvent issues with oral administration, including stomach upset, absorption issues and loss of potency. In addition, very large doses can be administered via IV without gastrointestinal side effects, which can limit dosing. A perfect example is taking large doses of oral magnesium and Vitamin C can result in diarrhea due to effects on the bowel. Intravenous administration of magnesium, Vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals does not have that effect, and the amounts given can be much higher compared to oral pills.
The rationale for using intravenous vitamin therapy is associated with two major factors.
- Absorption of intravenous therapy may be superior to oral pills due to limitations of the gut to effectively process therapeutic levels of various micronutrients.
- Higher plasma levels of various micronutrients can be established quickly with intravenous therapy thereby creating a deeper, faster influence on cellular metabolic processes, which leads to a better overall cellular function.
We are trained to identify patients we know will not improve as much as they could without the intravenous route. This is a critical strategy in helping people who have had no prior success to finally improve using this modality. These individuals also feel better faster.
Will it hurt?
Besides the mild prick of the needle, IV therapies can be quite comfortable. You’ll have a chance to lay back, relax and think of your health (or anything else you want). In modern times, there are not many prescribed opportunities to relax and many of our patients look forward to their next treatment.
Are the intravenous treatments safe?
Physicians have used intravenous vitamin and mineral treatments safely for several decades. All the components of the solution are compounds natural to the body, and generally pose no health risks. These treatments are much safer compared to the common intravenous treatments people know about such as chemotherapy and antibiotics. Pharmaceutical companies also market intravenous vitamin products.
Methods of delivery and quality of materials follow the same standards as in hospitals.
What are the side effects?
Side effects felt at the time of infusion may include the following. Please note that these side effects are rare, and tend to resolve following cessation of the intravenous therapy.
- Irritation in the vein, secondary to infusate’s effects on the circulatory system
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Lowering of blood sugar
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Arm pain at the infusion site
These issues can be prevented when patient are well hydrated and without hunger prior to intravenous therapy. Some patients bring snacks to eat while receiving intravenous therapy. AWC recommends foods such as healthy snacks and fresh juices, or whatever may be appealing to you.
Some patients may have fatigue and/or headaches for the first 24 hours following the intravenous therapy. AWC requests that patients contact us in the days after intravenous therapy to report their body’s response.
How do people feel after intravenous therapy?
Most patients experience significant overall improvements.
- Better energy
- Better mental clarity
- Improved sleep
- Overall generalized improvement of their complaints
- Subjective feelings of well being
How often will I need treatment?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary depending on certain factors.
- Condition(s) being treated
- Current health status of the patient
- Response of the patient to the treatments
A general estimate of treatments are decided at the evaluation appointment, and then a more specific number as we go along with the treatment plan. Most patients will require at least 10 treatments. Depending on the response, some patients will then go on to maintenance therapy with occasional treatments.
Where can I get more information on IV therapy?
For more information about the history and use of intravenous therapy, you may wish to read Dr. Allan Gaby’s landmark article History and Use of the Intravenous Treatments.