Myers' Cocktail


What is IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy?

The Myers' Cocktail is named after the late John Myers, MD. who utilized the first version of the treatement. Now there are many versions of the Myers' Cocktail's but they usually contain varying amounts of vitamin C, magnesium, minerals and B vitamins.

Why give the nutrients intravenously?

Intravenous nutrients can achieve serum concentrations not obtainable with other routes of administration. Various nutrients have been shown to exert pharmacological effects, which can only be achieved with IV administration. For example, an antiviral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a level achievable only with IV administration. In addition to having direct pharmacological effects, IV nutrient therapy is more effective for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits because some nutrients are present at much higher concentrations in the cells than in the serum and the high blood levels achieved with IV therapy drives the nutrients into the cell. For example, the average magnesium concentration in heart cells is 10 times higher than the concentration outside the cells. In certain disease states, the capacity of membrane pumps to maintain normal concentration gradients may be compromised.

How does the IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy work?

The mechanism of action is believed to be multifactorial.

Magnesium ions promote relaxation of both vascular and bronchial smooth muscle - effects that might be useful in the acute treatment of vasospastic angina and bronchial asthma, respectively. It is likely these and other nutrients exert additional, as yet unidentified, pharmacological effects when present in high concentrations. (Alan R. Gaby, M. D. (2002). Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the "Myers' Cocktail". Alternative Medicine Review, 7(5), 389-403.)

Magnesium is also used to make Glutathione, the body's master anti-oxidant.

The B-vitamins also have multiple mechanisms of action, one of which is to aid in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) at the cellular level. ATP in the cell powers virtually everything that happens; it is the equivalent to cash, gas, and electricity in a city. The more ATP available, the better the cell can heal, function, and detoxify.

Vitamin C has multiple effects as well. It is used to make tissue, sooth inflammation inside the body, stimulate mitochondrial ATP production, and help kill invading microbes.

What Health Issues MYERS' COCKTAIL Therapy used for?

The Myers' Cocktail is extremely versatile in its application. It can be helpful for combating chronic fatigue, asthma, arrhythmias, depression, chest pain, acute migraines, fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, and seasonal allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, chronic urticaria, hyperthyroidism, dysmenorrhea.

Common uses for Myer's Cocktails include:

1. Patients who come to us very ill, especially those that have been having chronic bowel issues and malabsorption. They often have a deficiency in necessary vitamins and minerals. Blood work will often show normal levels; however, at a cellular level patients can have severe deficiencies.

2. For people with poor immune function who tend to get sick easily or have chronic sinusitis Myer's Cocktails can be a very good treatment modality. As soon as you start to get ill if the Myer's Cocktail is given in time the progression of the illness is frequently halted for colds or flus or significantly reduce the longevity and severity of the illness.

3. Myer's Cocktails are popular among athletes. For example, marathoners will commonly do a Myer's Cocktail the week preceding their marathon and then again after the marathon to help speed recovery and avoid a down-turn in their training or immune function due to the severe exertion.

4. Most people experience an increase in energy, improved mind clarity, decreased depression and anxiety, improved mood, faster recovery times, and less illness.

5. Many people know they tend to get sick when they fly or travel so they will often do a Myer's Cocktail before they leave on a trip and even when they return, if necessary. This often helps to prevent catching cold or flu, as we know the main cause of catching colds and flus is not simply being exposed to them it is our body getting run down and becoming susceptible to them as we are commonly exposed to them every day. As Pasteur states..."the bug is nothing; the terrain is everything."

What Happens When I Go To Receive IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy At SynergyMed?

IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy is a low-stress experience. SynergyMed provides comfortable chairs for you to relax in during the therapy. You may nap, read, surf the internet or chat with other participants. Administration of the intravenous (IV) infusion is performed by our highly trained staff. Like all infusions, administering nutrients into the bloodstream allows us to bypass normal digestion, absorption and liver filtering. IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy Therapy infusions last about 3 hours and are typically done on a weekly basis. Since the number of sessions is more important than the frequency, they can be done up to three times per week or spread out to twice per month.

How Many Sessions of IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy will I need?

The number of sessions of IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy can vary based on your needs. Our patients usually use one per week for 4 weeks then increase or decrease frequency at that point as their circumstances dictate.

Is IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy Safe?

I IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy has an excellent safety record when administered correctly. Our overseeing doctors are highly trained and with SynergyMed's attention to safety and protocol, side effects are rare.

Is There Evidence That IV Myers' Cocktail Therapy Works?

Yes, here are some links that you may find helpful.

Massey PB. Reduction of fibromyalgia symptoms through intravenous nutrient therapy: results of a pilot clinical trial. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 May-Jun;13(3):32-4.

Gaby AR.Intravenous nutrient therapy: the "Myers' cocktail". Altern Med Rev. 2002 Oct;7(5):389-403.

Clague JE, Edwards RH, Jackson MJ. Intravenous magnesium loading in chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet. 1992 Jul 11;340(8811):124-5. No abstract available.

Takahashi H, Imai K, Katanuma A, Sugaya T, Hisano K, Motoya S, Aoki S, Sugiyama T, Yachi A. [A case of chronic fatigue syndrome who showed a beneficial effect by intravenous administration of magnesium sulphate] Arerugi. 1992 Nov;41(11):1605-10. Japanese.

Ho KM. Intravenous magnesium for cardiac arrhythmias: jack of all trades. Magnes Res. 2008 Mar;21(1):65-8. Review.

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