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IV Therapy: Dr. Lela Answers Some Important Questions

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of intravenous therapy. And many people have questions about IV therapy…

How does IV therapy work? What are the uses of IV therapy? How do I know if I need it? Does IV therapy actually work at all?

As a medical doctor with nearly 30 years of experience, I’ve seen a lot of health therapy fads come and go. And, I can understand why people are unsure which alternative therapies are legitimate and which are phony.

In my Woodstock, IL practice, I specialize in providing IV therapy treatments. So, I’d like to answer some common questions from a practicing medical doctor’s point of view.

What is IV Therapy?

Many people have heard the terms IV therapy, IV hydration therapy, IV nutritional therapy…but don’t necessarily know what they mean.

All of these terms refer to a medical treatment where high doses of vitamins, nutrients and fluids are delivered directly into the bloodstream. IV therapy (short for intravenous therapy) bypasses the digestive system. So the body is able to utilize the vitamins and nutrients much more effectively, without losing a lot of it due to malabsorption or leaky gut.

What are the benefits of IV Therapy?

IV therapy offers many potential benefits.  Some of the most common conditions that drive people to seek out IV therapy treatments include hypertension, chronic stress/fatigue, latent-active Epstein Barr, autoimmune disorders, migraine headaches or even the flu.

It is also becoming increasingly common for people with cancer to turn to IV therapy and high-dose Vitamin C. This is often used as an adjunct treatment to radiation and chemo therapy. 

Even if the conditions you are facing are not quite as serious, you can still benefit from IV therapy treatments!

Many people use IV therapy simply to improve their energy and focus. And, to ensure their bodies are receiving adequate amounts of vital nutrients that may be difficult to get solely from food. IV therapy can also be used for adrenal support.

Please visit our testimonials page if you’d like to hear about the benefits of IV therapy directly from our patients.

fruit in water to represent iv hydration therapy benefits

Who administers the IV Therapy treatments? Can anyone do this?

You may come across several options when looking for an IV therapy provider. However, there is a big difference between a commercial-style medi spa and a traditional, licensed medical practice like The Functional Medicine MD.

In addition to my IV therapy practice, I am also a very active ER Medical Doctor and practice standard, allopathic medicine as well. I received my training at Yale University and fully understand when a patient can benefit from alternative treatments, like IV therapy, and when he or she requires a more traditional medicine approach. 

This is a significant difference. With IV therapy becoming a booming industry, it can be very tempting for doctors and nurses to push only the hottest fad treatments.  That’s why it’s important to seek out an experienced medical doctor that knows the full spectrum of healing and all the options available.

Because there may be a condition you come in with that won’t be best served by an alternative treatment like IV therapy. That’s why you need to be able to trust the practitioner you’re visiting to help you make the best decisions.

How much does IV Therapy cost?

As with any medical treatment, people often have questions and concerns about the cost of IV therapy.

Our prices do vary depending on the exact nutritional protocol needed. But we have gone to great lengths to make treatments affordable and accessible. For instance, some of our services like B12 and Vitamin D injections are available for as little as $20!

We also offer very competitive package deals to help reduce the cost of each treatment. For example, when you purchase a package of five IV therapy treatments at The Functional Medicine MD, you get one additional treatment for free!

We are proud to offer these rates to our patients and encourage you to call around to compare them with the cost at other facilities.

woman in hammock after IV Therapy session relaxing

If cost is a concern, please remember that at The Functional Medicine MD, your initial 15 minute consultation is always free so you can explore your options in a stress free way without any risk.

I hope these answers help to clear up some of your questions about IV therapy. Please contact our office directly at 815-355-1605 to explore whether this option is right for you!

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