Clinics across the world are administering IV drips to replenish, rehydrate and re-energize customers, but this wellness trend is not for the needle-phobic. Whether it’s following a heavy night or an attempt to boost athletic performance, advocates claim the injection of vitamins and minerals really does make a difference. SL headed to REVIV’s London clinic to try it out…
What is it?
A wellness-boosting intravenous infusion: 45 minutes of being hooked up to a drip that pumps a cocktail of vitamins and minerals around your body for you to emerge feeling energetic, rejuvenated and brimming with health.
Where can you get it?
At REVIV’s London clinic, a stone’s throw from Knightsbridge station. REVIV is credited with fuelling the IV drip trend – the company initially set up shop in Vegas and now has clinics in dozens of cities worldwide.
Okay, so how does it work?
Intravenous (IV) therapy delivers nutrients to the body directly, bypassing the digestive system, which is why it’s supposed to have instant results. Medical experts claim you only absorb around 50% of the nutrients you ingest but with an IV, this can be up to 90%. REVIV’s treatment menu features five different infusions – we opted for the Ultraviv, which claims to restore hydration (each treatment is between one to two litres of fluid), decrease inflammation, relieve pain and nausea and deliver an energy boost.
Who’s it for?
While marketed as a treatment for hangovers, it can also banish the flu and jet lag and increase overall vitality. Before our treatment, a string of early starts and busy days at work had left us exhausted and feeling well below par.
Does it hurt?
Though the treatment isn’t painful, it certainly isn’t for the squeamish. We found the session pretty uncomfortable and couldn’t wait for it to be over. The infusion is also just below body temperature, so expect to feel chilly.
And what are the results?
Immediately after the treatment there was no difference, and, if anything, we left feeling a little shaky. However, by 5am the next morning we were awake and unusually alert. With our flat cleaned by 7:30am and no coffee needed until around 11:30am – a rare feat for caffeine fiends – the rest of the day sped by.
However, the effects only lasted 24 hours for us, despite claims from REVIV that results can last for up to a week.
Is it expensive?
At £200 per session, it’s certainly pricier than a Berocca. However, it’s something to consider if you’re recovering from illness (or a few too many Christmas parties...)
REVIV also offer four booster shots to aid everything from flagging energy to weight loss. We opted for the CoQ10+ booster (£49), a new fitness-focused treatment which allegedly helps muscle recuperation and boosts energy levels as well as the immune system. Unfortunately, we had a bad reaction to the jab and couldn’t run without a niggling ache for the following week.
For more information visit RevivMe.com