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The Evolution of IV Therapy

Dec 7, 2018

Defy Medical offers the latest customized IV Therapy to the Tampa Bay area

During the early 1660s, a physician by the name of William Harvey studied the human circulatory system and discovered that fluids could be introduced into the body intravenously. Now, fast-forward hundreds of years to the present and we see that the intravenous, or IV method of delivering nutrients and fluids to the body has become a universal practice throughout the medical community. So why is the IV method so popular and effective? Well, for one thing, when fluids or nutrients are delivered via IV, they flow directly into the circulatory system and bypass the digestive system. This allows those fluids to enter the system in a more effective manner while not being chemically altered by the digestive system.  When visiting a hospital it’s common to see that familiar IV bag filled with medicine or fluids suspended over a patient as it slowly drips through a tube, into a port, and ultimately into the bloodstream. During the early 1660s, a physician by the name of William Harvey studied the human circulatory system and discovered that fluids could be introduced into the body intravenously. Now, fast-forward hundreds of years to the present and we see that the intravenous, or IV method of delivering nutrients and fluids to the body has become a universal practice throughout the medical community. So why is the IV method so popular and effective? Well, for one thing, when fluids or nutrients are delivered via IV, they flow directly into the circulatory system and bypass the digestive system. This allows those fluids to enter the system in a more effective manner while not being chemically altered by the digestive system.  When visiting a hospital it’s common to see that familiar IV bag filled with medicine or fluids suspended over a patient as it slowly drips through a tube, into a port, and ultimately into the bloodstream. 

After years of successfully administering various medications through IV, members of the medical community began to look for ways to include nutrients like vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates into this method. This is where Total Parenteral Nutrition, or TPN, enters the picture. This treatment method was created to help patients who were malnourished and unable to take in proper nutrients on their own. The TPN treatment allowed essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals to be given to a patient intravenously. This method, mainly designed to treat patients with digestive tract issues, was later expanded to include a wider and more diverse group of patients. 

With the rise of health and wellness concerns, more and more individuals began looking for ways to optimize their overall health and wellbeing. In the 1960s a physician at Johns Hopkins by the name of John Myers made a breakthrough that would further diversify the benefits of the IV method of treating patients. Myers took a keen interest in the cellular and chemical composition of the human body. His approach to treating his patients was proactive. He realized the benefit of understanding the biochemical makeup of certain nutrients and how they affected the overall health of his patients. Myers was aware of the benefits that certain vitamins and minerals had on patients and this inspired him. After a few trials, Myers created a cocktail comprised of key vitamins and minerals that he infused into his patients via IV to successfully aid in their overall recovery. This cocktail varied based on the needs of each patient. After Myers passed away in 1984, many of his formulas for his cocktails were lost. That was until a doctor by the name of Alan Gaby was able to re-engineer Dr. Myers’ famous cocktail and continue using it on patients. 

Today the Myers’ Cocktail has been the go-to IV infusion of choice for professional athletes, avid jet-setters, celebrities, and health enthusiasts. But as medical history has proven, there are always new discoveries and refinements to be made. At Defy Medical, we have successfully taken the idea of treating patients with nutrient-rich IV infusions. Our medical specialists and chemists have created a wide range of IV infusions that are blended to treat a wide range of conditions.

Conditions That IV Infusions Can Treat:

  • AnxietyDepression
  • Muscle pain
  • Immune disorders
  • Hypertension
  • COPD
  • Asthma fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Viral infections like the common cold
  • Drug/alcohol withdrawal
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetic neuropathy

So how do our infusions here at Defy work? The IV nutrients we offer here are created to provide nutritional supplementation. Nutritional supplementation is used to treat a specific condition or to provide a specific outcome for each patient. Our medical specialists have researched a wide range of nutrients and come up with effective infusions for various needs.

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Benefits of IV Infusions:

  • Improves athletic performance
  • Immediately eliminates your hangover
  • Alleviates symptoms of alcohol and/or drug withdrawal
  • Effectively combats viral and bacterial illness such as the common cold
  • Increases your energy and endurance
  • Replenishes, restores, and revitalizes your body at the cellular level

We are well aware that more and more people live a busy life. Whether it’s a demanding job or an active lifestyle, each of us needs to be sure we are getting the proper nutrients our body requires to perform at its best. We are also susceptible to certain illnesses like the flu or common cold. The value of getting these nutrients through an IV infusion is that they are going right into the bloodstream in the purest and most effective form. If you would like to experience the benefits of an IV infusion, contact us to schedule an appointment.

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