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IV Vitamin Therapy: Health Fad or Treatment for Illness?

By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter
is IV Vitamin Therapy fad or treatment? Auremar/PhotoSpin

People are doing anything they can to feel more energetic and youthful. This includes the latest health trend of using intravenous therapy to infuse vitamins into the bloodstream.

Although IV vitamin therapy has been around for 30 plus years depending on the source, it’s gained popularity again, and a new IV vitamin and oxygen bar just opened in Arizona.

Proponents of The Drip Room, located in Scottsdale, suggest that IV vitamin therapy has many health benefits.

“Because our food is nutrient depleted and most of us do not get our recommended 10 plus servings of fruits and vegetables, IV Vitamin Therapy is a great way to replenish the body with the needed nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace elements we all need,” said Dr. Brent Cameron, the medical director of The Drip Room, in an email.

Cameron added that this vitamin therapy could even potentially help prevent severe diseases. He uses antioxidants like alpha-lipoic acid in the IV therapy, which “can help eradicate free radicals in our body that are linked to all sorts of problems, from stroke to heart disease.”

He went on to describe other physical benefits of IV vitamin therapy.

“IV Vitamin Therapy can help with giving a person more energy, it can cleanse the body, offer nutritional support at the cellular level, relieve muscle soreness and cramping, weight loss, and improve the skin and can slow aging in the skin,” Cameron said.

“It also can help with conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and many other physical ailments.”

Mental health problems could also see some relief with vitamin therapy.

“It can decrease anxiety, provide mental clarity, improve memory and mood, concentration, alertness, focus and improve mood in cases of mild depression,” Cameron said.

He said there are potentially some side effects.

“Some patients could experience a light burning sensation, coolness in their arms, mild dizziness and on rare occasion, as with any medical treatment, anytime you puncture the skin there is a chance of infection, but with good clinical technique this is very rare,” Cameron said.

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I am desperate to lose weight and have tried several diets which have all failed. Vitamin therapy of b12 has given me much more energy though.

December 16, 2013 - 9:31am
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