Intravenous (IV) therapy can trace its origins to the middle-ages when the first experiments were conducted on animals with blood transfusions. Without contemporary knowledge of physiology, these experiments almost always resulted in grave morbidity and were consequently banned by the church. Advances in the field of science as a result of war and epidemics in the subsequent centuries eventually gave birth to the rudimentary roots of what is today known as IV therapy in the 1800s.

When first developed, IV drips were reserved only for those that were severely ill. Subsequent improvement in technology and manufacturing techniques made it possible for these life-saving therapies to be offered in common medical practice. Even then, modern IV nutrient therapy has only been in use for about 50 years and until recently, these therapies were administered in a clinical setting and prescribed to treat a particular ailment although it is becoming increasing popular for patients to receive them as elective therapies for aesthetics, wellness and health maintenance.

The health status of a person can frequently be reflected physically. This not only refers to organic health but also mental health. Internal disruption of balance can occur from various factors including dehydration, fatigue, toxin accumulation, allergies, illnesses… Frequently overlooked, this internal derangement often has physical manifestations as evidenced by suboptimal appearance for most people in times of physical or mental stress. Even though modern technology and developments have various topical and aesthetic solutions, they address appearance from the outside and frequently disregard internal disequilibrium. Administration of IV nutrient and wellness therapy not only can help restore balance and benefit overall health, but frequently results in an enhanced cosmetic response for the recipient.

As in any novel practice, there is considerable debate in the medical community that focuses on the necessity as well as paucity of evidence for these alternative therapies. Skeptics often overstate the risks and overlook the literature supporting the benefits.

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of IV therapy for wellness and health maintenance. Developed in the 1970s, the Myer’s cocktail is the basis of most current day IV nutrient therapy. Modern day derivatives of this wellness therapy usually consist of various electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. It should be noted that IV nutrient therapy does not equate vitamin IVs.

IV hydration is the standard of care when it comes to toxicity and poisoning from most causes including physical over-exertion. The accumulation of these dangerous compounds can damage the body which almost always have unwanted cosmetic consequences. Vitamin deficiencies can also result in physical and psychological/mood ailments that have negative aesthetic results. Correction of the deficiency with IV nutrient drips can frequently quickly reverse these unsightly effects and promote health. Glutathione IVs have been proven to decrease toxicity in certain medical conditions. Moreover, Glutathione supplementation has been shown to have a direct improvement in skin appearances by decreasing wrinkles and improving skin elasticity.

Glutathione is a major component of Vitaglow®, our Anti Aging Infusion.

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