A Nagoya salon providing intravenous drips containing various vitamins and other health supplements is attracting many businesspeople as a quick way to get rid of work-induced fatigue.

Called the “intravenous drip bar,” a part of Nagoya Station Clinic in front of Nagoya Station, the salon opened in spring 2008 after the clinic received many inquiries from fatigued businesspeople about how to relieve tiredness when they went for their annual medical checkup.

The process lasts for about 10 minutes. “It is faster and more effective than taking medicine, said Mizunobu Kinoshita, 40, director of the clinic. “The substance used in a drip is the one that originally exists in people’s body, so it wouldn’t impose any burden,” he said.

About 60 percent of the visitors are women, while many men are from the financial or IT industries. The number of visitors has more than tripled since its opening via word of mouth, and now about 20 people a day stop by at the salon.

It provides more than 10 different types of drips, which cost ¥3,000 each. One of them is “placenta,” which is popular as it is said to be effective for stiff shoulders and beauty. A drip containing alpha lipoic acid is given to stimulate metabolism, and the lineup also includes a garlic-based drip containing vitamin B1.

Based on the customer’s needs, more than one drip can be mixed, and the salon also offers special courses with prices ranging from ¥5,000 to ¥20,000.

At the “bar” inside the clinic, visitors are not required to lie on a bed to receive the drip. Instead, they use reclining chairs, where they can have a drink or read magazines while enjoying a panoramic view of central Nagoya.

“After I get a drip, I feel refreshed as if I had slept twice as long as usual,” Kosuke Fujikawa, a 37-year-old administrative lawyer, said while stretching out his left arm ready for a nurse to stick a needle in.

One of the reasons behind the establishment’s popularity is the growing number of companies that have been closing down their in-house clinics. “People usually don’t come to see a doctor unless they get really sick. I hope this place will be like a ‘health consultation cafe’ where people drop in and freely talk about their health concerns while receiving an infusion,” said Kinoshita, the director.

This section, appearing usually on Saturdays, features topics and issues from the Chubu region covered by local daily Chunichi Shimbun. The original article was published on Jan. 8.

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