SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vitamin therapy is the latest procedure to move from Valley doctors' offices to walk-in shops.
In early November, registered nurse Shirley Kelly opened The Drip Room in Scottsdale.
"Drip is kind of the layman's term for IV, getting an IV," she explained. "You get the least amount of absorption of anything you take orally, but the best, fastest, most direct is going to be IV."
Kelly and Dr. Brent Cameron, a naturopathic physician who works with her, offer 12 kinds of drips. The energy drip features Vitamin B, while the immunity drip has zinc and Vitamin C.
The pair also sell an "extreme party" drip for those who overdo it.
"It'll give you hydration, of course, that in and of itself makes you feel better," said Kelly. "This is our only drip that has any prescriptions in it. It has an anti-nausea and an anti-inflammatory."
One Mesa woman who received a drip said she feels better getting vitamins by IV "versus popping it orally where you may or may not get the benefits from those vitamins, because they don't always go directly in your bloodstream and you don't always reap the benefits from it."
A single drip takes about 30 minutes and costs $149, but monthly memberships bring the price down. Supporters saw their moods improve, they sleep better and have more energy.
While there are no large, well-known medical studies that show that vitamin infusions are effective, there are also no studies that say they are harmful.