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Popular IV therapies boom in Cayman

IV nutrient therapies are a fast-growing trend in the US and it is the same here in Cayman.

But there is one notable difference: Overseas, they are predominantly used as a hangover cure, but in Cayman, users are seeking to take their wellness game to the next level.

“The majority of our clientele are people that want to stay healthy, that want to enhance their wellness,” explained Sandy Saad, Operations Supervisor at REVIV.

“The curiosity is quite exciting, just to see how people are excited to learn about how to ‘live my best life’,” she laughed.

In Vegas, Miami, London and Cayman… intravenous therapy is being touted as a “quick fix” hangover cure.

“We’ve actually saved a wedding because the people who had the bachelor party the night before were wasted and we did four treatments to clear them of their sick hangovers,” Dr. Brian Backman, a specialist in urology, explained.

But here in Cayman, in fact, only about 5% of the REVIV customer base is seeking that sort of treatment.

“The vast majority are people who are healthy and looking for increased energy levels in athletic competitions. Some of them are getting over sore muscles or colds or severe jet lag, arthritis,” Dr. Backman said.

But it raises questions over whether it gives sporting competitors an unfair advantage. Is it legal doping?

Dr. Backman disagreed: “These are just nutrients and hydration. That is enough to give a little energy kick. They could pass any test: urine test, blood test, prior to competition.”

Starting at $149 for the IV and $29 for the Vitamin B-12 booster, some critics say the treatments are just an expensive gimmick.

But REVIV’s business has boomed over the two years it has been on the island.

And clients like massage therapist Gemma Gamboa said it was worth it.

“There’s an instant clarity, a mental clarity, a rush of energy,” she described of the effects.

She went on: “that energy doesn’t deplete, it lasts throughout the day… I notice an extreme difference in my workouts, my endurance level is higher, I can work out for longer.”

If you are squeamish about needles, REVIV said you should reach out to them on 743-5600, before you say no out-of-hand.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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