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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Vitamin IV Drips

IV drips have more than proven its staying power, soaring even more in popularity in recent years.

Intravenous vitamin therapy (or IV drips) entered public consciousness back in the early 2010s— thanks to celebrities like Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna, who were early adopters of the treatment. It's been a while since then, but IV drips have more than proven their staying power—soaring even more in popularity in recent years.

In the Philippines, dozens upon dozens of drip lounges have popped up in major cities. But, as (seemingly) simple as the whole experience is, you should be getting it from a safe and clean environment with trained professionals. We spoke with the people behind the newly launched drip clinic REVIV Philippines during its recent online launch to know more.

Here's everything you need to know about IV therapy or vitamin IV drips.

What is IV therapy?

Before we can even begin to discuss IV therapy, we have to go back to the '70s when Dr. John Myers first developed and administered the first vitamin drips. Using multiple vitamins and minerals, Myers pioneered the infusion of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and more into the body via IV. Until today, Myers' cocktail is still a common blueprint for modern treatments.

Fast forward to the early 2010s—the whole idea was made popular and marketed as a fast way to get antioxidants, vitamins, and a combination of medications with all kinds of benefits to treat everything from migraines and fatigue. 

Photo by REVIV.

Now with all that science-y stuff aside... let us tell you what exactly happens during a treatment. What you're essentially getting is a mix of vitamins and minerals inserted into your bloodstream. It's pretty much the same procedure sick people go through when they need essential nutrients supplied directly.

Are IV drips safe?

Much has been said about IV drips—especially when it comes to safety. The issue comes from dodgy establishments that started offering the treatment for cheap owing to its popularity. But, as long as you're getting it done in a proper clinic, both supporters and skeptics say that the treatment is harmless.

Transparency is a big part of the treatment. Quick tip? Don't be afraid to ask questions once you step foot in a drip clinic consultation. A clinic that knows its business well will discuss the ins and outs of IV therapy and vitamin injections with no problem. Here's why that matters:

"When you put something straight into the bloodstream, you bypass all of your body's built-in safeguards and filters. You want to make sure you know exactly what's in it," says Dr. Sam Torbati, Cedars-Sinai co-chair of emergency medicine.

What IV therapy treatments are there?

As far as drip clinics go, REVIV offers one of the most premium services. In terms of safety, the clinic's treatments are done in a medical and sterile environment while IV cocktails are freshly mixed and prepared specially for each client. You can choose from five different IV formulations, all with different benefits:

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Is IV therapy worth it?

The short answer? Yes. If you have the cash, that is. After all, the boost you get from treatments can make your days more productive, which helps a lot in the fast-paced environment we currently live in. Then, of course, there are the endless skin benefits. So, a vitamin IV drip is at least worth a try.

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