Vitamin infusions: Boost or bust?
COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: Vitamin infusion therapy used to boost energy or to treat an illness falls under the category of complementary or alternative medicine. Although these therapies are not the traditional treatments, they have gained popularity over the past few years; in fact, 40% of adults have admitted to using some form of complementary or alternative medicine and more and more doctors are using the therapies in conjunction with traditional treatments. (Source: www.mayoclinic.com)
MYERS’ COCKTAIL: Intravenous vitamin infusions are sometimes referred to as a Myers’ Cocktail due to the creation of the vitamin/mineral combination by a physician in Baltimore over 30 years ago, John Myers. Typically, the cocktail is made up of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and various B vitamins. Now the vitamin cocktails may have a different mix of vitamins and minerals depending on what the infusion is being used for and the health of that individual. Supporters of vitamin infusions believe that the intravenous cocktails can help to boost people’s energy as well as help many other health problems from depression to congestive heart failure. However, currently the health benefits of vitamin infusions are not scientifically backed. (Source: www.healingartsresearch.org)
POSSIBLE RISKS: For the most part vitamins and minerals should not pose any serious harm to people, even if they are injected intravenously. However, too much of certain vitamins or minerals can be detrimental to people’s health and they could also interact badly with other medications that a person may be taking. It is also important to note that some vitamins or minerals could cause medications or treatments such as chemotherapy to be less effective. In general, people should talk to their doctor before deciding whether or not vitamin infusions are for them. (Source: www.cancer.gov)
* For More Information, Contact:
Joseph Shaw Jones, M.D., Head of Infusion Department
Natural Horizons Wellness Center
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