When it comes to holistic wellness treatment, IV (intravenous) therapy is emerging as an effective option with the ‘master antioxidant’, glutathione, offering comprehensive detoxification.  

When did IV therapy start?

Although IV therapy gained traction as a significant wellness trend last year, it actually originated back in the 1970s with Dr John Myers. He is known for researching, developing and administering the ‘Myers’ Cocktail’ consisting of magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins and Vitamin C administered by IV.

What does IV therapy involve?

Administered in a medical practitioner’s office, an IV drip is inserted into a patient’s arm, administering a high-concentration vitamin concoction straight to the veins. The procedure, which takes between 15 minutes and one hour, delivers the vitamins and glutathione directly into the bloodstream, ensuring a much higher absorption rate

When ingesting vitamins orally, they are broken down in both the mouth and digestive tract, with only about 50% eventually absorbed. With IV therapy, the absorption rate is around 90% which means that higher levels of vitamins and minerals are available to maintain health and fight illness. Alongside glutathione, the IV therapy concoction often consists of vitamin C, B12, magnesium and calcium – among others – with patients able to continue their daily routine directly after treatment. 

What is glutathione?

An important element of the modern IV therapy treatment is the inclusion of the ‘master antioxidant’ known as glutathione. It is a naturally-occurring antioxidant comprised largely of three amino acids – glutamine, glycine and cysteine – and it is responsible for the ‘glutathione glow’ after IV therapy. 

Glutathione levels in the body can be reduced by a number of factors, including stress, poor nutrition, environmental toxins and age. The role of glutathione is to detox your liver and kidneys which results in a healthier, more refreshed look – or glow. 

What are the benefits of IV therapy?

Alongside Botox™, dermal fillers, vampire facials and chemical peels, glutathione-infused IV therapy is rising in popularity. This is because the treatment is so extensive and results are fairly fast. Here is a look at some of the benefits associated with IV therapy:

It’s known to:

  • Improve insulin resistance in the elderly
  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Reduce cell damage in fatty liver disease
  • Increase mobility for those with peripheral artery disease
  • Reduce symptoms related to Parkinson’s Disease
  • Improves skin health and complexion
  • Increase energy and improve flexibility
  • Detox the body and accelerate healing
  • Strengthen hair and nails
  • Act as an anti-inflammatory

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It’s believed to:

  • Improve psoriasis
  • Fight autoimmune diseases
  • Reduce oxidative damage in children with autism
  • Reduce symptoms of respiratory disease
  • Reduce the impact of diabetes

What are the risks of IV therapy?

Any treatment that involves a needle is considered invasive and does carry a small risk of localised bruising and bleeding. There is also the small risk of introducing infection to the bloodstream, as well as inflammation, however, the risk is unlikely if IV therapy is administered by a registered healthcare practitioner with experience in the procedure. 

You can enjoy the benefits of IV therapy in a range of treatment options, such as the Glow IV Cocktail or Glutathione Boost, depending on what results you are hoping to achieve.