IV Infusions have been featured in the media rather a lot lately, thanks to celebrity clients such as Madonna, Simon Cowell, Cindy Crawford and Rihanna to name but a few.
Closer to home, Health Renewal was born out of a need to achieve optimal health from within – as a complementary offering alongside Skin and Body Renewal. With a team of qualified medical doctors and nurses, Dr Burt Jooste, an integrative and aesthetic medical practitioner, heads Health Renewal up.
Simply put, IV Infusions are high-quality vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are injected directly into the blood stream and gradually introduced to achieve optimal levels. Each drip contains a specific cocktail that is based on the individual needs of the patient. Oral supplements are also prescribed to maintain the results.
IV Infusions are considered to be more effective than oral supplementation due to the fact that more of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants infused, are absorbed into the bloodstream and translated to nutrition at cellular level. When these same supplements are taken orally, they need to be broken down in the metabolic system, which means that only a certain percentage is absorbed after digestion, limiting the effectiveness and potential of the supplements. With IV Infusions, high dosages of vitamins and minerals can be administered without any side effects, which isn’t the case with oral supplementation, due to digestive limitations.
“In today’s world we cannot be guaranteed that we are receiving the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we require only from the food we eat. Factors such as mass production, pollution as high levels of toxins and free radicals in food, all contribute to the reduced quality of nutrients. This is compounded by the fact that most people suffer from some form of gastrointestinal tract problem, leading to the poor absorption of nutrients. It is necessary for supplementation in order to correct deficiencies and to fight against ill health,” says Dr Jooste.
A doctor gives patients at Health Renewal an initial in-depth assessment, which includes a full medical history, comprehensive blood tests to gauge deficiencies and hormone levels and if necessary, a stool analysis. An individual treatment plan is then developed for the client and progress is carefully monitored so that the program can be adapted to ensure optimal results. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and is administered in a controlled environment by highly trained doctors and nurses. Each patients mineral and vitamin solutions will be compounded for them specifically according to the prescription by the doctor.
“The treatment programme typically runs once a week for the first four weeks and then once every second week for eight weeks. The treatment itself lasts between 30 – 60 minutes and is administered via an IV drip” adds Dr Jooste.
IV Infusions may show beneficial results for conditions such as anxiety and depression, colds and flu’s, general strengthening of the immune system, detoxification of the body and may even show improved results in chronic conditions such as heart disease, neuropathy, poor circulation, arthritis, candida infections and digestive disorders as well as degenerative diseases and cancers.
Although IV Infusions have been a popular practice in Europe and Asia for some time now, they are just beginning to gain moment in South Africa.
The treatments are available at Health Renewal’s Cape Quarter, Constantia, Somerset West and Stellenbosch branches in Cape Town and in Gauteng, at the Fourways, Morningside and Parkhurst branches.