Myers’ Cocktail, an intravenous (iv) vitamin and mineral supplement, was formulated more than 30 years ago by John Myers, MD, a Baltimore physician at Johns Hopkins. This potent solution contains a specially balanced combination of vitamins and minerals that serve as an immune booster and also increase energy.
It is given intravenously so that the vitamins and minerals enter the bloodstream directly to support healing of a range of ailments including chronic fatigue, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, Fibromyalgia, anxiety and low energy. In the last few years, Alan R. Gaby, MD, past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, has modified the ingredients and popularized the protocol.
The standard Myers’ Cocktail consists of magnesium, calcium, vitamin B-5 (dexpanthenol), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B complex, and Vitamin C. Vitamin B-12 (hydroxy-cobalamin) is administered intramuscularly (usually in the hip), as absorption is much better than in the IV itself.
Two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling was a staunch supporter of Vitamin C therapy for healing a wide variety of health problems and boosting immunity. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps the immune system ward off bacterial and viral infections. It also enhances certain metabolic processes to function more effectively.
Sometimes intravenous (iv) treatments are more effective than oral therapy for increasing blood levels of nutrients, which is key to supporting the immune system. According to some experts, intravenous delivery may improve the transport of nutrients from the blood into the cells where they are utilized to boost energy, improve the immune system and heal disorders.
Conditions that may improve with IV Therapy
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
- Chronic depression
- Acute or chronic muscle spasm
- Migraine headaches- often within minutes
- Tension headaches
- Symptoms of Narcotic or Alcohol withdrawal
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
- Respiratory problems
- Acute of chronic asthma
- Acute colds or viral infections
- Chronic ear infections
- Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
- Acute infections
What is the duration of Treatment?
Patients vary in the number of treatments needed. Typically, an infusion is given once per week. Some patients experience improvement after only one treatment, with most reporting significant healing and improved energy by the third or fourth infusion. People suffering from chronic conditions may need an ongoing series of several IV treatments, or periodically every few weeks to regain their energy.
How is the protocol given?
A very small “butterfly” needle is used as an IV push with the IV taking approximately 20 minutes to infuse. Patients typically lay down in a comfortable, relaxed position during the infusion. After the IV infusion is complete and the needle is removed, patients usually relax on the table for a few minutes before getting up. Some will feel energized while others will feel quite relaxed. The Myers’ Cocktail is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapy that is well-tolerated by most people.
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