Myers Cocktail refers to a vitamin infusion administered to patients intravenously (IV). It’s widely used by doctors in the US to treat patients suffering from flu or cold, asthma, depression, migraines, headaches, tension, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. The cocktail is also used to boost the immune system. It is named after a physician from Maryland known as John Myers, who was known for using nutritive intravenous injections to treat his patients. Currently, the benefits of using the it are being spearheaded by the president of the American Holistic Medical Association, Alan Gaby, who is also a renowned author of nutritional value in medicine.
Ingredients of the Cocktail
The Myers Cocktail ingredients include:
- 5 ml vitamin C
- 1 ml B-complex (niacinamide, riboflavin, thiamine) vitamins
- 1 ml dexpanthenol
- 1 ml pyridoxine hydrochloride
- 1 ml hydroxocobalamin
- 3 ml calcium gluconate
- 5 ml magnesium chloride hexahydrate
Dosage and Side Effects
The therapy is administered depending on how much disease or condition has advanced as well as the physiological state of the patient. for example, one or two sessions are recommended for acute conditions like respiratory infections and sinusitis, whereas high levels of stress-related exercises or work such as preparing for a marathon requires the cocktail to be administered once a week for at least five weeks. The number of therapies administered is monitored in terms of how well the individual is responding. For other chronic illnesses and conditions such as allergies and migraines, the therapy is administered monthly.
Most patients experience heat sensations on their skin as a side effect of the therapy especially if it is administered rapidly or in large doses. This side effect is caused by magnesium that acts as a vasodilator. Vasodilation lowers blood pressure, and the patient feels light-headed. The doctor will check the patient’s progress during treatment and diagnose any side effects to eliminate any chances of reactions that could cause adverse effects for that session and in the future. One of the important things to note before administering it is to ensure that the patient has not taken any form of high potassium levels.
For over a decade now, doctors are using this therapy to treat several clinical conditions or diseases as part of an integrative care plan. This IV vitamin therapy has been proven worthwhile for patients seeking nutritional support. The therapy is an advantage for patients who want to enjoy good health and positive results.