CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In the past few years, intravenous vitamin therapies have exploded in popularity. People who aren't feeling well can visit hydration bars and lounges, spas, and wellness centers to get vitamins through IV. Some are even booking house calls.
It caught the attention of a Corpus Christi mechanic, who was skeptical at first, but said he is now a believer.
Daniel spends his work day in the elements.
His wife, Monica, works for Lone Star IV Medics, but he still needed some convincing before he tried it.
"I thought it was just going to be another fad that people wanted to waste their money on," he said. "But when I had it done the first time, the first time totally changed me."
He said the biggest effect has been on his migraines.
"Lately, it's been once a week," he said. "Due to the fact that I work out in this heat, it's helped me quite a bit. Normally with the heat, if I get too dehydrated, it triggers my migraines."
Since doing IV therapy, he said he hasn't experienced a migraine yet.
Before she went to work for Lone Star IV medics, Monica was a paramedic for 21 years. She said she's seen a wide range of patients while working in IV therapy, all looking to better their health from the comfort of their homes.
"We have a lot of patients that are bariatric patients, have issues with hydration, and issues keeping their blood pressure up, like POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) patients," she said.
Other clients using IV therapy include cancer patients, pregnant women, or those looking to lose weight. IV Therapy can deliver a range of health and wellness benefits, including treating certain nutrient deficiencies, cleansing your body of toxins, increasing energy levels, easing anxiety, and promoting relaxation.
"We treat symptoms associated with the flu and with COVID-19 as well," Monica said.
A client's symptoms determines the type of infusion they receive:
- The GOLD hydration Cocktail is recommended for everything from nausea, pain, food poisoning and mild hangovers. Clients can add two vitamins, antioxidants, or medicines to a solution of 1000 ccs of normal saline and Vitamin B Complex. It regularly costs $175.
- The Myers' Cocktail helps alleviate symptoms of numerous illnesses and ailments. It features six high-impact vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and according to the company's website, can help with sluggishness. It reportedly also can help people to recover from athletic events with skin health and weight loss. It regularly costs $225.
- The Ultimate Myers' Cocktail offers the highest dose of Vitamin C and glutathione — which helps with fatigue and weakness. It is commonly used for tough flu symptoms or hangovers, and boosts overall energy levels and alertness, according to the Lone Star IV Medics website. It regularly costs $295.
- The Rodeo Cocktail includes B complex, Zinc, B12, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Glutathione, Toradol, Zofran, Pepcid, (an NSAID, an anti-nausea medication and an antacid) and Benadryl. It helps with recovery after a long weekend of partying. It regularly costs $395.
Monica said offering house calls has led to more customers seeking out the service, and having the ability to offer treatments in the comfort of a person's home has helped IV therapy gain popularity.
"Most everybody would prefer somebody come to them," she said. "Especially when they're not feeling well."