In simple terms, intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of delivering any type of medicine, nutrient or other fluid directly into the bloodstream so that it can be immediately absorbed and used in the body. The intravenous route is much faster than the oral route because the digestive system is bypassed and products are taken directly to the organs via the circulatory system. The absorption rate for IV therapies is 90 – 100% compared with possibly less than 50% for oral therapies.

Intravenous infusions are not the same as intravenous injections. Direct injections deliver therapy quickly, which can be necessary for certain medicines and in specific situations. IV infusions are administered over a longer period of time, using a larger volume of fluid.

Is IV therapy new?

Modern intravenous therapy has been around for less than a hundred years, although the concept of delivering medicines directly into the veins is centuries old. Early attempts were hampered by primitive equipment, poor understanding of the body and lack of effective sterilisation techniques. However, tremendous advances have been made in the last 25 years, and IV therapy is one of the most common procedures in modern medicine.

Uses of IV therapy

Until relatively recently, IV therapy has been used mainly in hospital settings, commonly to deliver rehydration and other medicines to patients. It is also the obvious route to use when patients are unable to take oral medication. However, IV therapy is now an increasingly popular choice in the health and wellness arena, with advanced delivery techniques and equipment that ensure a comfortable and convenient experience. IV infusion can deliver a wide range of therapies, from one-off hangover relief to ongoing immune system support and recovery.

Who can benefit from IV therapy?

There is growing evidence that IV therapies can benefit a wide range of people, particularly those experiencing challenges to their immune system. This can include simple dehydration and exhaustion, in addition to the effects of serious illnesses and the cytotoxic treatment regimens associated with cancers. In healthy people, IV therapies can be used to help the body rid itself of heavy metals and other environmental toxins, and to provide additional supportive nutrients and vitamins.

Wellbeing Medical Group

Wellbeing Medical Group offers a range of IV therapies which can be used alongside conventional medicine regimens, providing complementary and synergistic benefits. You can also arrange a bespoke programme tailored to your particular needs, to give you the best foundation for future health and wellbeing. If you’re feeling less than your best, whether through illness, burnout, or simply as a result of the pressures of life, consider how IV therapies might make a real difference. Please see our Intravenous Infusion Therapy section [1] or contact us for more information.