Whether you’re suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or migraines, or merely looking to supercharge your immunity during cold and flu season, the Myer’s Cocktail may be the perfect elixir. At SmartMed SF, integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vinh Ngo, located in Oakland has helped countless patients with this effective mixture of medical-grade nutrients administered through injections or an IV regimen.
Myer’s Cocktail IV Therapy Q&A
Why go IV? The benefits of Intravenous Nutrient Therapy
IV treatments work by raising the concentration of vitals nutrients in the blood stream far surpassing oral nutrition, thus providing dampening cellular free radical and many other benefits including boosting the immune system, and enhancing metabolic detoxification, and providing an overwhelmed cardiovascular system with many cofactors for support.
What is a Myer’s Cocktail, and what conditions does it address?
A Myers’ “Wellness” Cocktail is a nutritional “cocktail” given intravenously (IV), or through a vein. It consists of magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins, and high doses of vitamin C. The Myers’ Cocktail has been used to treat general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics, and cure hangovers, alleviate chemical/drug addiction withdrawal. Many relatively healthy patients choose to receive periodic Myers’ Cocktail injections because it enhances their overall well being for variable periods of time.
This cocktail is named after John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland. He treated patients with IV nutrient therapy for over 25 years. Since then, thousands of patients nationwide have received this cocktail with great benefits.
How does IV Nutrient Therapy work?
IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations not obtainable with oral (pills or liquid), or even intramuscular (IM) administration. For example, an IV of Vitamin C can raise the blood levels 50 – 100 times higher than what a person can do taking it orally. Because of this, a person doesn’t develop diarrhea and at these higher blood levels, IV vitamin C can exert effects similar to pharmaceutical drugs such as antivirals (e.g. influenza drugs), anti-histamines (e.g. Benadryl or Claritin), or smooth muscle relaxants (e.g. asthma and angina drugs).
IV nutrient therapy may be more effective for correcting nutrient deficits inside cells, where they are needed. In certain disease states, the capacity of nutrients to get in and stay inside the cells may be diminished. IV administration helps get those nutrients inside the cell. If cells are repeatedly “flooded” with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative in their ability to heal, and improve their illness/condition.
When treating patients with IV nutrition, some patients get progressively better and after a series of treatments no longer require therapy. Other patients need regular injections in order to better control and counteract their medical conditions. In some cases, continued IV therapy may be necessary because a person’s disease state is too advanced to be reversible, therefore ongoing IV nutritional support is recommended.
I’m tired all the time or I am getting a cold. Is a Myer’s Cocktail right for me?
In my practice, one of the biggest reasons we recommend and administer Wellness IVs is because a person is run down, fatigued, under moderate to severe stress or is at the beginning of an illness such as flu or cold. Many patients respond to treatment with results lasting days to several months. About 50% of the people we have given IV Myers’ for an oncoming flu/cold/respiratory bug get immediate relief and resolution of their illness. Others get a significant reduction in illness severity and length.
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia usually improve with weekly or twice monthly injections. In some cases, the improvements are after the first IV, others after 3-4 treatments. As mentioned above, some patients become progressively healthier and eventually stop treatment. Other patients maintain periodic injections to help them function better and restore more energy.
Other conditions we have treated with good success include depression, recovery from athletic training or endurance events, allergies, drug withdrawal, and menstrual cramps, and clear hang-overs within an hours time,.
What are the side effects, if any?
Does feeling better and having great stamina and energy count as a side effect? IV Nutrient Therapy is generally very safe and poses minimal if any negative side effects.
Given too fast, an IV may lower blood pressure causing warmth, dizziness or faintness (so we don’t do that!). The only known allergic reaction to IV nutrients has been when using those with preservatives, and these reactions are quite rare. Some patients may experience burning at the localized IV site. As with any injectable treatment, there is always a risk of infection or phlebitis, although it is also very rare.
I have been administering IV nutrients for over 10 years, am a licensed medical provider in the state of California and have an extensive background in intensive/critical care. Experience counts if there is ever an urgent or emergent situation, and although chances are quite minimal of this occurring it can happen. From a legal standpoint, a patient should seek IV treatment from a properly licensed medical professional who can legally obtain and administer medication and who also has advanced training in dealing with medical emergencies. These laws vary from state to state as to what constitutes and defines a medical provider, so be sure to seek a professional who is licensed in the state in which they are currently practicing.
How much does a Myer’s Cocktail cost?
The cost of a Meyers’ IV nutritional cocktail is $175. If you have more questions or would like to be evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for IV Nutrient Therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment.