May 4 – Residents of Lewis County can now receive alternative medical treatments in the form of intravenous (IV) vitamin infusions and more at Evexia NW of Centralia.
The company, located at 1639 Kresky Ave., had its groundbreaking ceremony with the Chehalis-Centralia Chamber of Commerce on April 27.
Owners Jenn Brown, a nurse practitioner, and Barb Hooper, a registered nurse, opened the business to give area residents more choice in the type of medical care they receive.
“We’re here to give people options they might not be able to get in their primary care office,” Brown told The Chronicle on Tuesday. “Whether it’s to add to the therapy they’re getting from their doctor or if they’re just looking for a different option, a different route, we’re here to be able to provide that.”
Evexia IV Infusions are cocktails of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the owners of Evexia NW say can help manage migraine, cure disease, inflammation, relieve symptoms of allergy, sports dehydration, chronic fatigue management and more.
“There was no place … where people could get IVs between Portland and Olympia, and I felt like (we) really needed that,” Hooper told The Chronicle. “Your body only absorbs 25% of the vitamins when you take pills. If you do an IV, you get 100% of the nutrients straight into your bloodstream.”
And the treatments can help a number of people in a variety of life situations, Hooper said.
Take those who are fatigued from travel or jet lag, for example. Brown said the company’s Immunity Booster transfusion of vitamin C, selenium, zinc, B-complex and B12 vitamins can help relieve travel fatigue, but also gives people a better chance of fighting off all of the germs and conditions found in different environments.
Those looking for relief from inflammation don’t have to rely solely on offerings like ibuprofen. Instead, an infusion of antioxidants can reduce pain and swelling, Hooper said. Her mother had ankle inflammation for many years, she said, and saw no real relief from it. After one infusion, the swelling went down to almost nothing within a few days. By the time she took a second infusion, there was pain relief for the first time in years.
People with allergies can take an infusion of vitamin C, magnesium, and B vitamins, and can also be injected with steroids. Hooper said her husband took this allergy relief transfusion and his prolific springtime phlegm had reduced significantly.
Evexia’s IV vitamin infusions cost between $110 and $159 and take between 45 minutes and an hour to administer, which Brown says could easily be done during a lunch break after work.
Since Brown is a nurse practitioner, she can prescribe the infusion therapy after a consultation where a person’s medical history is discussed, before the client is hooked up to an IV in the heated massage chairs at the center.
Evexia’s second primary function is to deliver bio-identical hormone replacement using what Brown has called the “biota method.”
“Bioidentical hormones are either estradiol or testosterone that have the same molecular structure as what your body produces,” Brown said. “So bioidentical hormone replacement is a much more natural approach to hormone replacements. So testosterone for men (and) estradiol and maybe even testosterone for women. … And so basically It is a way of balancing hormones, which lowers our risk for disease and disease processes.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is often used by people with symptoms related primarily to aging, such as fatigue, brain fog, difficulty building muscle mass or even losing weight, Brown said. For women, the process can improve symptoms related to menopause, and for men, andropause.
Although the process is usually associated with older people, people as young as their 30s could benefit from it, Brown said.
“The biggest thing most people seek bioidentical hormone replacement for is fatigue, and overall they say something is wrong,” Brown said. “So we start with a big panel of blood work, and then they come in for an office visit, and again, I go over their medical history, and then I go from there.”
Evexia also offers blood work, Botox, chemical peels and more, with Brown and Hooper already considering expanding these services.
“We don’t do iron infusions yet – we’ve had a lot of questions about that. So we’re looking into that, but there’s just a lot more oversight and restrictions that go with it. We just have to make sure we let’s do it safely,” Brown said.
Evexia does not charge for insurance, but the costs of some services may be reimbursed by some insurers, and people can sometimes use health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts, depending on the provider.
For Brown, his interest in the company’s offerings came a while ago and took on a personal note.
“My goal, personally, started a long time ago. I was having hormone imbalance issues, so that’s when I got interested and became very passionate about bio-identical hormone replacement,” a- she declared. “And then throughout this journey and getting my nurse practitioner, I was kind of frustrated doing primary care, knowing there were other things we could provide for people, but we were really limited within this conservative framework.”
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Evexia is closed on Sunday and Monday.