IV Therapy

Myers Cocktail

IV Vitamin Therapy is used to deliver vitamins and minerals directly into the blood stream
What is it?
Myers' cocktail is an intravenous nutrient mixture invented by Baltimore physician John Myers containing magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins and vitamin C that is claimed to be beneficial for a broad range of conditions. The treatment is common among naturopathic doctors in the United States and Canada.
Vitamin Content

  • 5 mL of magnesium chloride hexahydrate (20%)
  • 3 mL of calcium gluconate (10%)
  • 1 mL of hydroxocobalamin (1,000 μ/mL)
  • 1 mL of pyridoxine hydrochloride (100 mg/mL)
  • 1 mL of dexpanthenol (250 mg/mL)
  • 1 mL of B-complex 100
  • 100 mg of thiamine HCl
  • 2 mg of riboflavin
  • 100 mg of niacinamide, 2% benxyl alcohol
  • 5 mL of vitamin C (500 mg/mL)
  • 20 mL of sterile water.
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    The Myers’ Cocktail works by increasing the blood concentration of several essential vitamins and minerals beyond that which can be achieved when supplementing orally. For example, Vitamin C given intravenously has been found to reach blood concentrations more than 50 times greater than what can be achieved when given orally.

    The Myers Cocktail
    The Myers’ Cocktail is named for the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat many chronic conditions. Currently, the nutrient cocktail has been popularized by Alan Gaby, M.D., a physician who often writes about nutrition in medicine. He has treated thousands of patients with the Myers’ Cocktail over many years. Conditions which he found to be responded well by this treatment include acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies and cardiovascular disease. He also observed improvements in athletic performance.
    The idea is that many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive disturbances such as bloating, indigestion and food sensitivities and that people with such conditions may not absorb many of the nutrients needed to return them to good health. Also, many diseases and inflammation cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestion is bypassed. ADDITIONALLY the levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are “coaxed” into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently “kick-starts” the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.
    Some patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks. In the case of fibromyalgia, decreased pain can be observed. In other chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, because the “leaky” nature of the gut, the infusion helps get necessary nutrients into the cells. Chronic asthma and other lung disease, congestive heart failure, and chronic allergic problems may respond with more energy and less symptoms. Patients who get sick often with infections may find an improved immune response, with less susceptibility to viral illnesses
    A small catheter is inserted into a vein, and the infusion is given very slowly over 20-30 minutes. Side effects are remarkably rare and almost always are limited to local irritation of the vein. The most common sensations are heat and flushing (a magnesium effect), and the taste of vitamins soon after the infusion begins. The cocktail is usually given 1-2 times per week, and beneficial effects are usually felt by the fourth visit. Many patients with chronic conditions choose to continue the infusions every 1-4 weeks or when they feel their energy slipping.
    The Myers cocktail is famously known for enhancing your immune system. With the high dosage of vitamins in the bloodstream, this helps improve the function of your immune system. The Myers IV cocktail is perfect if you’re currently suffering from common sicknesses such as the cold or flu. The immune-boosting benefits of the Myers IV cocktail help prevent sickness. The Myers IV cocktail contains a combination of vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium. Since the cocktail is administered through an IV, your body will absorb the majority of these vitamins.
    How often is a Myers’ cocktail given?
    Frequency of Therapy

    The frequency of treatment depends of the individual patient as well as the condition being treated. For more acute conditions, like sinusitis, acute muscle spasm or an upper respiratory infection, only one or two treatments may be required. In preparation for an athletic event such as a marathon or sport competition, or in anticipation of high stress (weddings, travel, exams), a Myers’ cocktail me be used weekly over three to five weeks or more. Frequency is typically tapered down as symptom improvement is noted. A Myers’ cocktail can also be given monthly for more chronic conditions like migraines, allergies, and general health maintenance and to help support immune function. Ongoing conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression would be assessed on an individual basis.

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