Sometimes eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking water is enough to provide you the nutrients you need and keep you hydrated. Sometimes it’s not, or you simply can’t fit everything you need into your daily routine, and that’s where IV therapy can help. At Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., board-certified naturopathic doctor Kirt Tyson, NMD, CPBN, FAAOPM, provides IV therapy for when you need a boost. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
IV therapy is the administration of solutions that contain water, minerals, and nutrients directly into your bloodstream. A common use of IV therapy is to help you recover quickly when you’re dehydrated and want an efficient way to get going again. Whether you’re jet-lagged, have a hangover, or just ran a marathon, IV therapy can help you feel better, and usually right after a session.
If you’re feeling depleted, drinking fluids may not be the most efficient way to fix that. Since an IV goes directly in your bloodstream, it delivers the nutrients you need without having to go through your digestive system first. You then absorb the nutrients quickly and begin to feel the results soon after the treatment session.
Dr. Tyson begins your first IV therapy session by going over your health history to make sure IV therapy is appropriate for you. Though it’s safe, and most people tolerate it well, IV therapy may not be ideal if you have certain health concerns.
You then go over your goals for IV therapy and reasons for seeking treatment. Depending on your needs, your doctor recommends certain nutrients that may go into your customized IV therapy formula, along with a hydrating saline solution. Typically, the purpose of IV therapy is to restore depleted fluids and electrolytes, but additions to the formula can help you manage your pain, detox from drinking alcohol, and improve your energy level.
The treatment usually lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. In addition to the nutritional benefits, IV therapy is itself supposed to be a pleasant and relaxing experience. You sit in a comfortable chair during treatment and can bring something to read or listen to. Some people simply close their eyes.
IV therapy is safe when administered by an experienced physician like Dr. Tyson. The IV is just like one you’d find in a hospital. Balanced Health Medical Center buys the formulas from reputable pharmacies and medical suppliers, and the IV is a safe method of delivery for them.
IV therapy is painless for most people. However, there’s a slight risk of soreness or bruising where the needle goes into your vein, as with any intravenous procedure.
To book an IV therapy appointment at Balanced Health Medical Center, call or use the online scheduling tool.
1 l saline
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