Intravenous therapy is used to directly infuse nutrients into the bloodstream making them immediately available to tissues and cells for absorption. The advantage of IV administration is the ability to achieve very high concentration of nutrients in the blood. In many cases, these concentrations are necessary for clinical efficacy, and are unachievable with oral administration.
A number of types of nutrients may be administered safely and comfortably including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant extracts and complex homeopathics. IV solutions are used to strengthen a nutrient–depleted body and to quicken the rate of recovery. Nutrient depletion is often seen in cases of chronic disease, exhaustion and stress, and compromised digestive function. In acute infections, smaller doses can be used to enhance immune function.
IV Therapy is effectively used in: