417 Integrative Medicine is when vitamins and minerals are delivered directly into the bloodstream through a drip. It’s typically done in a medical office under medical supervision, though some companies offer this service at home or on the go. Proponents of these services say they can help boost energy levels by hydrating and delivering nutrients such as NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), vitamin C, magnesium, thiamine, B6, and folate.
The process starts with a client filling out a questionnaire and getting their health history evaluated. If they need it, a blood test is taken to check the client’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature and oxygen saturation level. A qualified doctor or nurse then disinfects the skin over the injection area, usually the arm, and finds a vein to insert an IV catheter. A tiny tube is then attached to the catheter and a larger tube is connected to that, which is then hooked up to a bag of fluid.
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A machine is then turned on to pump the fluid into the patient’s IV. Once the IV is full, a syringe is used to remove any excess fluid from the catheter. The outside open end of the tiny tubing is then taped to the skin and a small sleeve or clamp is put over the tip of the IV catheter to prevent it from coming out of the vein.
Then, the client sits in a bright IV Therapy room with a comfy chair and waits for their treatment to begin. They’ll feel a little stick when the needle goes into their vein, but that should only last for a few seconds.