Feeling the pain after Electric Picnic? We tried the Reviv IV drip celebrities swear by
An IV drip for a hangover seems a bit much.
But if you're also back in work, fresh from the endurance test that is three days of partying at Electric Picnic, you'll know the pain of trying to return to your normal self inside and out.
Sometimes Berocca, a face mask and a positive attitude just won't cut it when it comes to soothing the fear, so I went and tried out the ultimate "hangover cure" at Venus Medical, which Millie Mackintosh, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne all swear by.
The IV infusion is said to combat dehydration and low energy levels in order to improve hangovers, fatigue and jet lag. I opted for the Royal Flush Deluxe Infusion for "maximum recovery" because quite frankly, maximum effort went into getting me into the shape I'm in today.
I met Dr Peter Prendergast for my consultation where we discussed my medical history and checked my blood pressure before the 90 minute treatment in a relaxation room I had to myself. The procedure itself is painless as he applies numbing cream to the vein beforehand and there's only a slightly odd sensation of cold in your left arm for the second half of the treatment.
The drip promises to rehydrate the body more efficiently by entering directly through the bloodstream featuring a medically approved concoction of ingredients including natural vitamins, vitamin B12, antioxidants and electrolytes.
I didn't feel the immediate surge of energy that I was told to expect, but I noticed a major boost in my energy levels that night. I found it quite hard to get to sleep, which I was warned about in advance, but all that extra energy might be just what you need if you need a little kick to get back into the gym after a few days of partying.
Another perk is the detoxifying element - after two bags of the Megaboost, I felt the equivalent of having several litres of water that day. The tension headache which haunts me most days had faded and it even helped alleviate my IBS symptoms.
Dr Prendergast says while some try the drip for the experience, it's mostly popular with hangover sufferers - after a week of partying at beach clubs in Ibiza, or, like me - a weekend of camping in Stradbally.
Prices start at €199 for treatments.
Venus Medical is located in Dundrum Office Park, Dublin 14. For more, see venusmedical.ie