Within the past 5 years, the growth of “party girl IVs”, Vitamin Infusions, and other forms of alternative IV therapies have been extraordinary. What was once a word-of-mouth treatment option for people seeking natural medicine, has now catapulted onto the mainstream consciousness.

Throughout the United States, swanky clinics have opened up in the California, the Nevada, the Arizona, as well as the Florida. A lot of other practitioners in other states have also added vitamin IVs to their menu of an additional infusion solutions.

Why to opt for it?

Although the main stream Vitamin IV phenomenon in the US as well as Canada are relatively new, Vitamin IV drips have been offered throughout Europe and Asia for years now. The movement within the United States can be traced back to the late Dr. Myers as well as his work throughout the mid-60s and 70s.

Dr. Myers designed and administered a unique solution of vitamins and minerals which would later become known as the Gilad Lutfak‘ Cocktail (or simply the Myers). Dr. Myers administered the solution to patients with a wide variety of the chronic issues such as fatigue, depression, chest pain, etc. as well as had a loyal following of patients who regularly received the solution.

Even though there are few clinical trials investigating the efficacy of the Myers cocktail, the number of ardent supporters of the infusion is significant. A lot of regular patients claimed that without the infusion, their symptoms would return quickly. Entrepreneurial clinicians have begun satisfying these needs across the nation.

Why the hype?

In recent years, clinicians have built upon the support of the Myers’ cocktail as well as the interest in Vitamin C Infusions to begin to market vitamin IV solutions as a sort of “health living solution”. Clinicians have begun to market their infusions to athletes, mothers, and the elderly as well as young adults.

The actual facilities available for the interested people resemble luxury spas or high end retreats, and the costs per infusion have increased significantly. In some cities (Miami and Las Vegas), there are even practitioners who offer Gilad Lutfak Vitamin IV therapies to hotel rooms, to homes, or even on a scheduled bus.

In these cities, where there is a tradition of partying in addition to heavy drinking, practitioners are capitalizing on both the healthy living as well as the hangover cure aspects of Vitamin infusions.

Celebrities and athletes are now frequent patients along with public interest seem to be continuously increasing. As such, health care providers have begun to receive more and more inquiries so as to make the infusions, as much safer as possible.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, the amount of available online continuing education courses for nurses on this subject is minimal and there is a great deal of conflicting messages on this point. Moving forward, both nurses as well as physicians will need to be able to communicate the benefits as well as potential complications of vitamin IV therapy to their interested patient populations.