Intravenous vitamin therapy is all the rage — and its converts claim that IV therapy can do everything from increasing energy levels to curing hangovers! Vitamins are added to a saline solution which is then taken via IV for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Dr. Tania Elliott, Chief Medical Officer at EHE, cautions that, as tempting as it may be, you’re unlikely to find your magic here though.
“Vitamins are meant to be ingested in fruits and vegetables and then be broken down by your gastrointestinal tract,” she explains. “When you bypass your gastrointestinal tract, two things can happen: a toxic effect, or your body doesn’t recognize it all and you just pee it out.” The dosages given via IV are more potent, but vitamins ingested through your GI tract are filtered by your body.
What about people who claim to feel better after IV therapy? Well, it’s probably placebo effect, but Elliot is quick to add that they’re also getting two liters of hydration and fluid. That’s sure to make anyone who’s dehydrated feel better.
Rather than turning to IV therapy, Elliott says you should focus on the root cause of why you feel lousy—especially if it lasts longer than a hangover.