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What Is IV Therapy? Everything You Need to Know

Research shows that up to 45% of the general US population is chronically tired. Public health experts also claim that environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies, which are so common in our modern world, are making many of us feel less-than-optimal. Is it any wonder, then, that so many are seeking holistic treatments like IV therapy to counteract these problems?

If you are curious about what this treatment has to offer, keep reading to find out more about IV therapy or book your appointment with De La Belle Wellness & Spa to experience the benefits of this revolutionary treatment for yourself.

What Is IV Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) therapy delivers fluids, medications and essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This is usually done with needles, flexible tubes and bags that contain IV fluid. By bypassing the digestive system, IV therapy allows for quicker and more efficient delivery of therapeutic compounds than is possible when taken orally. Some medication, for example, has a 100% absorption rate when delivered intravenously compared to 50% when taken orally.

Originally used in clinical settings, IV therapy has now made its way into spas and wellness centers, where it is used to enhance well-being, performance and beauty. Countless IV solutions are now available to address a wide range of issues, from hangovers and chronic exhaustion to nutrient deficiencies and poor athletic performance.

Unlike other treatments available at wellness centers and spas that address concerns superficially, IV therapy treats problems from the inside out. This treatment is both quick and fast-acting, taking about 30 minutes to complete and less to kick in.

A Brief History of IV Therapy

While popular media often portrays IV therapy as a new trend, this treatment has actually been around for centuries.

The practice of IV infusion started with experiments in the 1600s using feather quill and pig bladder. These attempts were mostly unsuccessful, but by the early 20th century, hospitals were successfully delivering fluids, blood and medication to patients in need.

By the mid-20th century, new forms of IV therapy were introduced, most notably the famous Myer’s Cocktail. This mixture of vitamins and minerals was widely used for overall health and wellness, as well as in the treatment of migraines, asthma and fatigue.

IV Therapy: Your Options

In hospitals, you have IV therapy for blood transfusions, rehydration, medication and nutrition. In medical spas and wellness centers, we offer a wide range of IV infusions, each one formulated to address a specific concern. Some are custom-made solutions designed to meet individual needs.

Some of the ingredients added to our IV infusions are electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Common IV cocktails offered at medical spas in include:


Exercise, illness or not drinking enough fluids can lead to dehydration, which will usually leave you feeling sluggish and groggy. IV fluids containing electrolytes and nutrients can quickly revive your fluid and energy levels.

Immune boosters

This type of IV can help you during cold and flu season or anytime you feel like you can benefit from an immunity boost. Typical ingredients are high-dose vitamin C, zinc and energizing nutrients.

Nutrient therapy

Nutrient deficiencies are common and the reason behind many ailments. Nutrient therapy can help address fatigue, depression, anxiety and poor focus by delivering essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream.

Detox therapy

Environmental toxins and byproducts of metabolism can all lead to toxin accumulation that leaves you feeling sluggish. IV cocktails containing powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients can help detoxify the body and aid in its recovery.


Of course, enhancing appearance is one of the reasons IV therapy has become popular and endorsed by celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Jane Fonda, who have used this treatment for its beautifying and age-defying benefits.

Athletic performance

One way an athlete can maximize their performance is through IV solutions infused with amino acids, B-complex vitamins, electrolytes and more. These are designed to help you quickly recharge and to enhance your post-workout recovery.

When You Should Consider Getting IV Therapy

IV therapy is a great way to make you feel and look your absolute best. While almost anyone can benefit from IV therapy, we usually recommend it to those who need an infusion of fluids, nutrients and supplements to improve their health and well-being.

For example, if you have a condition that affects your ability to absorb fluids and nutrients, IV therapy can help quickly nourish and hydrate your body. Examples include Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease or SIBO.

If you are otherwise healthy but experience frequent bouts of fatigue, low energy, and trouble with mood and sleep, IV therapy may be what you need. Many of these problems are caused by poor nutrition, environmental toxins and stress. The Myers’ Cocktail and similar solutions can quickly replenish and detoxify your body to optimize your health and well-being.

IV Therapy at De La Belle Wellness & Spa

At De La Belle Wellness & Spa in Memphis, Tennessee, we offer a wide range of IV infusions designed to target specific concerns:

Cold And Flu Immunity Boost

With the cold and flu season in full swing, anyone can benefit from an infusion containing a powerful combination of vitamin C, zinc and B-complex vitamins. These nutrients help the body stave off infection.

Eternal Youth

A mixture of glutathione to support tissue repair and detoxify the skin, vitamin C for collagen production, and B vitamins to boost your energy, this cocktail can make you look and feel several years younger.


For those who feel sluggish and like they need a metabolism boost, GET-UP-AND-GLOW IV is designed to increase energy levels and kickstart your metabolism with a blend of amino acids and B vitamins.

Mega Myers’ IV Cocktail

A more potent blend of essential vitamins and minerals than the original to address a multitude of common health concerns: chronic fatigue, migraines, painful periods and nutrient deficiencies.

NAD+ IV Therapy

Short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, NAD is a type of coenzyme known to slow down aging, boost cell renewal and enhance cognitive function. Dubbed the “molecule of youth,” our IV solution with this ingredient may be what you need to turn back the clock on aging.

Performance And Recharge

Our IV treatment containing essential electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants can help you recover after an intense workout within minutes and prevent dips in performance.

IV Revive And Rehydrate

Sometimes, all you need is to boost your hydration to look and feel your best. But that can be hard with illness or after intense exercise, which is where this IV infusion can help.

Try Out IV Therapy Today!

Getting much-needed essential nutrients and fluids is not always as simple as changing your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes, you need a boost from cutting-edge solutions like IV therapy. At De La Belle Wellness & Spa, we want you to experience the amazing benefits of IV therapy in a relaxing and professional environment. Contact us today or call at 901-433-9024 to book your IV therapy appointment!