CHICAGO (Illinois) – In the past, IV drips were only popular among celebrities and top athletes for treatment of dehydration, exhaustion and even curing a hangover. 

Today, more and more of the general public are turning to IV nutrition and hydration to improve their overall health and assist with other preventative or supportive treatments. 

Alan Brookes, 69, was diagnosed with localized prostate cancer in September 2016. For the last two months, alongside radiation treatments, Brookes is also receiving IV nutrition therapy up to twice a week.

“I have felt a tremendous energy boost from the IV drips,” Brookes said. “The first several IVs were heavy doses of a blend of different vitamins in order to revitalize my body from the effects of the radiation bombardment. After that, we started on the anti-cancer treatment with higher doses of vitamin C.” 

According to the National Cancer Institute, high-dose vitamin C, when delivered intravenously, may slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon and other types of cancer cells. Some studies of high-dose IV vitamin C in patients with cancer have shown improved quality of life, as well as improvements in physical, mental, and emotional functions, symptoms of fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, and appetite loss.

Paul Savage, M.D., founder and lead physician at Agenixs, a premier integrative medicine concierge medical practice in Chicago, provides IVs for post-surgery boosts, immune boost, cold and flu therapy, hydration, migraine relief, athlete prep and fitness recovery, jet lag, stress relief and more. According to Dr. Savage, IVs are a quick and safe way to revitalize the body. 

“There are many factors that can deplete your body of essential nutrients to stay healthy, such as a vegetarian diet, coffee, carbonated beverages, alcohol and excess grains — also environmental exposures to mercury, aluminum and lead, and even drugs like birth control pills, everyday antacids, acid blockers and prescription medication.” he said. “IV nutrition and hydration injections are the most efficient way to introduce vitamins, antioxidants and general hydration into the body.” 

Carol Brookes, 70, saw the benefits her husband was experiencing and decided to start her own regimen with the hope of preventing ailments and improving her overall health. 

“She was feeling run down, and she was recently struck with pneumonia,” Mr. Brookes said. “The IV vitamins are helping her recover faster and perking her up too.”

Benefits for patients vary depending on the IV treatment, but generally the delivery of nutrients and fluids directly into the bloodstream help increase vitality and resilience, elevate mood, and contribute to deeper, more restful sleep and a stronger immune system, which can help fight off cancer cells. 

Treatments last 30 minutes to an hour, depending on type. Average cost for a procedure is $300. 

Paul Savage, M.D., is a leader in integrative medicine, revolutionizing the approach to regenerative, integrative care. He founded Agenixs, the first integrative medicine concierge medical practice in the United States, with a focus on white-glove, customized treatment. Dr. Savage has treated thousands of patients throughout his 25-year career. His unique approach brings together innovative research, the most up-to-date methods of evaluation and treatment, and his own vast experience. He is a nationally sought-after lecturer, has been called upon by major news media to provide expert insight on integrative medicine and hormone therapy, and is featured in Suzanne Somer’s bestseller, “Ageless.”