What is IV Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy (also known as intravenous micronutrient therapy and hydration therapy) is a way to give high concentrations of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, allowing rapid absorption of higher doses of the vitamins and minerals than if the person got them through food or supplements.
Intravenous (IV) vitamin and mineral therapy to a large degree was originally developed several decades ago by the late Dr. John Myers in Baltimore, Maryland. He had discovered through his own clinical practice that the adjunctive use of intravenous vitamin/mineral infusion therapy (aka the Myers’ cocktail) could be significantly helpful for many patients suffering from chronic inflammation, slow cellular or connective tissue healing, or body healing in general. IV Therapy could be helpful to speed up recovery following surgery or physical trauma, improve clinical detoxification, and enhance energy and metabolic efficiency. IV Therapy could also be very helpful to more expediently correct nutritional deficiencies such as iron, magnesium, zinc, or other trace minerals. In addition, Dr. Myers noted that patients with simple infections, such as a cold or flu, and even those suffering from more complex infections, such as pneumonia, could improve the speed of their recovery by the utilization of these IV vitamin infusion therapies.
The standard Myers’ Cocktail consists of magnesium, calcium, vitamin B-5 (dexpanthenol), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B-12 (hydroxycobalamin), vitamin B complex, and Vitamin C. Two time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling was a staunch supporter of Vitamin C for healing a wide variety of health problems. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps the immune system ward off bacterial and viral infections. It also makes certain metabolic processes work better. The therapies are individualized depending on the clinical laboratory chemistries of each patient. The general rationale nutritionally is that an IV infusion will bypass the limitation of the digestive tract and its own mitigated ability to absorb directly and enhance the plasma or blood availability of any given nutrient. Therefore, deficiencies, once diagnosed, can be corrected with a few IV vitamin infusions administered over one to three weeks in what might otherwise have taken two to three years of oral supplementation to restore normal levels. In that context, it can provide a much more helpful or accelerated cellular rejuvenation and response.
Many people who have benefited from this protocol claim that the intravenous shots of vitamin B12 in Myers’ Cocktail are even more beneficial than Vitamin B-12 intramuscular injections in restoring their energy and stamina. Intravenous treatments are more effective than oral therapy for increasing blood levels of nutrients. According to some experts, intravenous delivery may improve the transport nutrients from the blood into the cells
The standard ingredients in Myers’ Cocktail:
- Vitamin B complex 100 (B complex)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5 (Dexpanthenol)
- Calcium (Calcium gluconate)
- Vitamin B12 (Hydroxocobalamin)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine hydrochloride)
Conditions that may be improve with Myers’ Cocktail:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
- Chronic depression
- Acute or chronic muscle spasm
- Migraine headaches- often within minutes
- Tension headaches
- Narcotic withdrawal
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
- Respiratory problems
- Acute of chronic asthma
- Cardiovascular disease
- Ischemic vascular disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
- Acute viral illness/colds
- Acute infections
What is the duration of Treatment?
Patients vary in the number of treatments needed, but most require infusions 1 to 2 times per week. Some patients experience improvement after only one treatment, and many report significant healing by the fourth infusion. People who have chronic conditions may need ongoing treatment of several IV’s per week, or periodically every few weeks to regain their energy.
How is the protocol given?
All the ingredients are mixed with 500mL Normal Saline in an IV bag. It is infused slowly over a period of 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Is It Safe?
Myers’ Cocktail is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapy that is well tolerated by most people. It carries a low risk of serious adverse side effects. if the protocol is administered quickly there may be a sensation of warmth and flushing. This is due to the rapid rise of magnesium. Some patients may also have the taste of vitamins in their mouth shortly after they are given the infusion. Potassium level should be checked periodically.
Patients taking digoxin (Lanoxin®) or potassium-depleting drugs should be cautious and should inform physician on staff that they are using these medications before beginning the Myers’ Cocktail protocol.