As part of our model as a company, and to truly represent everything 18TH&MAIN stands for, we have decided to share some important information with our members and those who may be curious about IV Therapy. The more research information that is made public, the more in control our members can be of their own health and wellness. This will be an ongoing series of important information and pressing questions someone may have about IV Therapy, treatments, supplements and holistic medicine as a whole.
Wait, IVs aren’t just for in-hospital stays?
The first reaction that some of our members have as they enter our sereine, relaxing facility is surprise as they tour and learn about the services we offer. As more information is readily available, and health prioritization is becoming more prevalent, IV Therapy fits perfectly into the strive for optimal health and wellness. According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, there are over 5 national medical associations who report including IV micronutrient therapy in their regiment (Gaby, 2002).
Who will benefit from IV Therapy?
IV Therapy has a wide range of benefits — for the everyday person looking to maximize their wellness, to the client with pre-existing conditions who has specific deficiencies. There have been multiple studies on a variety of diseases and the effects of IV Therapy such as: Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, COVID-19, Infertility and more. Additionally, there have been studies on weight loss, addiction treatments and liver function. Overall, everyone can benefit from IV Therapy as an adjunct to a healthy lifestyle in order to replenish hydration and replete elements missing in diet.
Saline vs. Vitamin Infusions
For most people, the only IV experience they have undergone involves the ER or the hospital in some form. In the hospital, the primary source of hydration is a saline solution. Normal Saline is an isotonic solution that is most commonly used for volume repletion and hydration. Here at 18TH&MAIN, we mix all of our infusions in Normal Saline while also adding essential vitamins and amino acids. With this combination, not only are you getting rehydrated, but are also correcting potential deficiencies. We do still offer infusions without any additives for clients with medical limitations or allergies.
Is it safe?
In short, yes! With any invasive procedure, no matter how small, there are always some slight risks involved. Such risks with IV Therapy include: slight bruising, soreness at insertion site, rare allergic reactions, and least commonly infection. Here at 18TH&MAIN, we’ve never had an infection due to our highly trained nursing staff who have practiced in various Critical Care hospital settings for over 5 years. Individuals interested in IV Therapy should always contact their doctor first to rule out any contraindications. Members also fill out a health history form and have complete vitals checked at every appointment. Our facility is sanitized frequently and only hospital-grade supplies are used.
Gaby AR. Intravenous nutrient therapy: the “Myers’ cocktail”. Altern Med Rev. 2002 Oct;7(5):389-403. PMID: 12410623.