Masesi Hlongwane, a nurse at IV bar in Illovo, assists The Star reporter Thobile Mazibuko with a detox infusion. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)
Forget a greasy break- fast and a handful of pain pills as a hangover cure and try a 20-minute IV (intravenous) drip instead.

The IV Bar in Melrose is curing Joburgers suffering from a hangover with a shot in the arm to boost health and well-being. The beauty studio offers a cure for hangovers, intravenous vitamin infusions to brighten skin tones, an immune system boost, help in speeding up sports injury recovery and energy tonics to revive and revitalise.

The idea is to move away from pills and creams and direct the treatment straight into the bloodstream via an IV drip.

The treatments are sold on being quick and mostly pain-free - and several different infusions are available.

The IV drip. Picture: Itumeleng English. 

Sessions last between 15 and 30 minutes. A temperature and blood pressure check is done by a nurse prior to the procedure - and, before you know it, you’re hooked up and given a chance to while away the time in tranquillity.

Skin brightening is a popular treatment, said to even-out tone, reduce pigmentation and result in a glowing visage. Ten sessions are recommended for best results. Such radiance will set you back R7500.

With flu season coming up, the immune booster, which contains 25000mg of Vitamin C, is another sought-after treatment. One session costs R650.

The hangover treatment, a growing phenomenon, involves a R700 hydration recovery infusion containing Vitamin B, magnesium and a substance called glitter theron - which detoxes the body.

Sports injury recovery is said to speed up with a vitamin fusion that releases joints and eases muscle pain. The drip can be administered before or after activity and costs R800 per session.

The R850 energy boost infusion is directed at the toll of daily stress. It contains fluids and electrolytes aimed at boosting energy, athletic performance and supporting general health. The treatment will take 20 minutes out of your day.

* For more information, visit www.theivbar.co.za.