IV Vitamin Therapy

IV Push or Myer’s Vitamin Cocktail

An IV Push or Myer’s Cocktail is the most commonly used procedure in intravenous micronutrient therapy (IVMT). Named after the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat his patients, the nutrient cocktail typically contains:

  • Saline Water
  • B-complex
  • Dexpanthanol (B5)
  • B6
  • B12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C

The dosages and ingredients are typically modified based on the patients individualized treatment plan.

Conditions treated with Myers’ Cocktail Intravenous Push:

  • Migraines and cluster headaches
  • Fatigue including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Fibromyalgia (FMS), myofacial pain
  • Acute muscle spasm
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Acute asthma attacks
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Viral infections, including colds, flus, herpes / shingles
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Decreased Immune function, Immune system Support
  • Cardiovascular disease, angina
  • Paresthesias, numbness, tingling
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic stress  / Burnout
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Hives and eczema
  • Malnutrition and other digestive disorders such as Irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis)
  • Neuropathic pain in cancer patients
  • Narcotic Withdrawal
  • Malnutrition, and general convalescence
  • Increased sports performance and recovery after training
  • General Anti-Aging
  • Adjunctive support during and after chemotherapy or radiation to reduce the side effects and improve the quality of life;
  • Improved recovery from infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr Syndrome)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
  • Heavy Metal Contamination
  • Hepatitis C & AIDS
  • Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Auto Immune Diseases
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Endocrine Dysfunction

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Intravenous (IV) Therapies involves delivering high doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, homeopathics and botanicals directly into the blood to provide rapid, effective relief of symptoms. It is by far, the fastest and most efficient method for treating nutritional shortcomings, re-establishing ideal physiological nutrient status, and achieving therapeutic levels of nutrients, to treat a wide array of conditions and illnesses. In by-passing the liver and digestive system, intravenous delivery bypasses any inadequacies or malfunctions within the body to address deficiencies quickly. IV nutrients achieve serum concentrations not obtainable with oral or even intramuscular administration; this increases the nutrient levels in the blood stream for a period of time which help drive nutrients into the cells where they can be used to improve recovery, decrease fatigue and return to health. This is a relatively safe way to achieve the concentration levels necessary for many of these nutrients, as the absorption is 100%. Research in the field of naturopathic IV therapy is validating the use of various natural agents in this more aggressive dosage form.

To appreciate the difference in absorption and the importance of reaching therapeutic doses, it can be eye opening to realize that increasing oral vitamin C by 1200% from 200 mg/day to 2,500 mg/day increases plasma concentration by only 25%. Delivery by IV administers a plasma level of the nutrient almost 10 times that of oral.  These doses are often needed to have an effect with an illness such as a viral infection.  For instance, the antiviral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10 to 15 mg/dL, a level that can be obtained by IV but not oral dosing. Likewise, only the I.V. route of administration of vitamin C reaches plasma levels consistent with concentrations demonstrated in vitro to be cytotoxic to several cancer cell lines.

Many people suffer from malabsorption and natural supplements may not be delivered to the cells where they are required for health and healing and may simply pass through the stool. I.V. administration of these natural substances bypasses several factors needed for proper cellular nutrition. Malabsorption is very common.  20% of our elderly population do not properly absorb vitamin B12. I.V. administration of the nutrients ensures a high dose delivery directly from the blood to the cells.

IV Advantages

A main advantage of IV preparations is that they can be uniquely formulated for each individual to accommodate their current health status, symptoms, and needs; for example, if the patient is experiencing a viral infection a larger dose of vitamin C along with hydrochloric acid can be administered to stimulate the white blood cells and immune system.  In the case of insomnia or muscle spasms, magnesium can be emphasized, while in the case of nausea, a high dose of B6 can be most effective. In short, IV vitamin and mineral therapy is an extremely effective and natural treatment for many disorders that can be tailored to the symptoms that are occurring at the moment.

Ingredients in the Myers’ Cocktail have been shown to have the following effects in the body:

  • Vitamin C reduces histamine by 72% at a concentration of 88mg/dL having a beneficial effect with allergies.  Vitamin C and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) are stored in the adrenal glands which are responsible for maintaining energy levels throughout the day.  Vitamin C at 10 to 20ccs boosts immunity and is helpful in treating viral and bacterial infections.
  • Magnesium relaxes smooth muscle both in the lung and circulation that may have beneficial effects on asthma, hypertension and angina.  IV magnesium has been shown in studies to relieve the pain of migraine headaches within 15 minutes and also to completely relieve symptoms of photophobia, nausea and vomiting.  Magnesium has also shown to benefit sufferers of CFS in that they notice decreased pain, improved emotional state and reduction or complete elimination of fatigue. Magnesium, along with calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins given IV or IM showed improvement in 74% of sufferers of fibromyalgia and myofacial pain.
  • IV calcium has been shown to be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of asthma.
  • Selenium aids in detoxification of heavy metals.
  • B vitamins in the IV solution may have an effect on energy levels.

Studies:
FMS:  In a study reported in 2007 a modified Myers’ push was given once a week for 8 weeks to 7 treatment-resistant fibromyalgia patients.  At the end of the study, all reported increased energy levels within 24-48 hours after the infusion.  There was a 80% decrease in fatigue, a 60% reduction of pain and increased activities of daily living.

Migraine Headaches:  In a 1995 study, pain reduction of 50% or more was observed in 35 of 40 patients receiving IV magnesium.  Those with lower serum levels of magnesium experienced pain relief that lasted at least 24 hours.

Vitamin Bar Menu

Vitamin Bar Menu

Uniquely formulated IV preparations can be tailored specifically for each individual according to need.
IV cocktails can be fueled with the following ingredients:

Vitamin C
B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid)
Amino Acids (including Lysine, Valine, Taurine, Proline)*
Magnesium
Calcium
Zinc
Selenium
Trace Minerals (Chromium, Copper, etc)
ATP / AMP
Glutathione
Alpha Lipoic Acid*
Hydrochloric Acid
Adrenal Combo
Licorice Extract*
Milk Thistle Extract*
Ginkgo Extract*
CoQ10*
Biotin*
MSM*
Hyaluronic Acid*
Homeopathic Injectables (HEEL, Engystol, etc.)
Plaqu-Ex / Phosphatidylcholine*

*(depending on availability; may need to be ordered in)

Typically combined with the other ingredients found in the Myer’s vitamin cocktail (above), Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant powerhouse. At intravenous (IV) doses of 30g and lower, its potency as the central dietary anti-oxidant is un-matched. Its immune benefits are known to include:

1. Enhanced antibody production (B-lymphocytes, humoral immunity)
2. Enhanced interferon production
3. Enhanced phagocytic (scavenger cell) function
4. Enhanced T-lymphocyte function (cell-mediated immunity)
5. Enhanced B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte proliferation. Enhanced natural killer cell activity (very important anti-cancer function)
6. Enhanced prostaglandin formation
7. Enhanced nitric oxide production by phagocytes

At doses of 30g and above, it is considered to act as a pro-oxidant to cancer cells in particular, as a result of these cells being deficient in an enzyme known as catalase, which is responsible for the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. As such, Vitamin C creates a chemical reaction that results in a surge of peroxide free radicals within cancer cells causing them to die. Because normal (non-cancer) cells don’t have a catalase deficiency, they go through the normal process of breaking down the peroxide into water and oxygen, which not only prevents their death, but also actually increases cellular health.

For more information, please see: our IV Vitamin C Therapy for Cancer page.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is one of the most powerful naturally occurring anti-oxidants, like vitamin C and E, and helps protect cells from damage. Because it is both water and fat soluble, and able to provide a much wider range of anti-oxidant protection throughout the body in various environments, it is commonly referred to as an ‘universal’ anti-oxidant. In other words, it can enter nerve cells and cross the blood-brain barrier to address neurological issues.

Lipoic acid is further believed to strengthen the effects of other antioxidants (such as Vitamins C and E) and to regenerate antioxidants (such as Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10 and Glutathione) used up in the fight against free radicals. Lastly, it plays a critical role in cellular energy production which fuels other activities in the body.

IV alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is used to treat cancer (especially pancreatic cancer with metastasis), neuropathy, diabetes (including conditions related to poorly managed diabetes, such as: peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and erectile dysfunction), as well as successfully prevent and treat chronic liver disease. ALA can play a noteworthy role as a complementary therapy to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally-occurring organic sulfur-containing molecule found in large quantities in nerve tissues, skin, joints and hair.  In foods, MSM is found in numerous fruits, meats, grains and dairy products. Its function is to supply the sulfur required to make amino acids such as cysteine and methionine, which in turn is part of the process of creating and rebuilding healthy (and flexible) cells. As a therapeutic supplement, it is both a potent Anti-inflammatory and Anti-oxidant, which many individuals suffering from chronic pain, find to be a successful treatment for alleviating pain and controlling their condition.

Intravenous MSM treatment is primarily used for muscle and joint disorders, including:

  • Decrease pain associated with Arthritis and joints
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Sports Injuries & Tissue Repair
  • Back pain, headaches and migraines

Energy + Adrenal IVs

Energy IV

This IV can be used as a single use for a “pick me up”, or in a series of 6-8 IVs to help boost metabolism for periods of athletic training, weight loss or any need for improved metabolic output. We add B-complex vitamins because of their need to produce energy from carbohydrates. More aggressive exercise may have higher requirements for some of the B vitamins, including vitamins B2, B6, and B5, as a result, athletic performance can be affected if these needs are not met. The B complex and the addition of the other highlighted ingredients makes this an excellent combination for maximal physical output. We also add Adenosine-triphosphate (ATP), which is the currency the human body uses for energy.

Ingredients: B VITAMINS, VITAMIN C, ATP, MINERALS

For weight loss programs, this IV can be combined with MIC + B12 injections.

MIC + B12 injections (Methionine, Inositol, choline, and methylcobalamine)

These injections burn fat and are given 3 x per week. When used in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise program, individuals can expect 1-3 lbs per week of fat loss.

Adrenal IV

Stressed, stressed and more stressed? Are you waking fatigued? Do you need to sleep constantly? Adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion and adrenal burn-out are all conditions resulting from your body being overwhelmed with stress. An adrenal IV contains B vitamins, particularly dexpanthanol (vitamin B5), which are needed for stress support. The Adrenal IV also contains an adrenal complex (vitamin C, minerals, methylcobalamin B12 and AMP) to support your adrenal glands.

Ingredients: B VITAMINS (including B5), ADRENAL COMPLEX (VITAMIN C, MINERALS, AMP, methylcobalamin (B12))

Immune IV

Whether you are currently dealing with an acute infection (viral, fungal, or bacterial), recovering from one, or simply being preventative, and optimizing your immune system during cold and flu season, the Immune IV is an ideal choice. The Immune IV drip contains high doses of vitamin C and hydrochloric acid to support your immune system.  The drip contains B vitamins and minerals as added nutritional support, and may also include lysine and glycyrrhizic acid in the case of a viral or fungal infection.

Ingredients: B VITAMINS, HYDROCHLORIC ACID, VITAMIN C, MINERALS, (lysine, glycyrrhizic acid)

Glutathione Push

Glutathione is the body’s most powerful natural antioxidant and is found in every cell in the body. Glutathione bolsters the immune system and also helps neutralize damaging free radicals. Antioxidants can even help your body repair free radical damage caused by such things as stress, radiation, infections, drugs, medications, malnutrition, and aging.

The Glutathione stores decrease as we age and with exposure to drugs, environmental toxins, cigarette smoke, and poor diets. When a deficiency in Glutathione develops, oral supplements do not offer an answer because the absorption in the gut is extremely poor. Injection or Intravenous administration is the gold standard to really maximize the antioxidant effects of Glutathione.

The Importance of Glutathione in Protecting Against Chronic Illness

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.

But that’s not all. Glutathione is also critical in helping your immune system do its job of fighting infections and preventing cancer. That’s why studies show that it can help in the treatment of AIDS.

Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool — and out of your body.

And lastly, it also helps us reach peak mental and physical function. Research has shown that raised glutathione levels decrease muscle damage, reduce recovery time, increase strength and endurance and shift metabolism from fat production to muscle development.

If you are sick or elderly or are just not in peak shape, you likely have glutathione deficiency.
In fact, the top British medical journal, the Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly.

Keeping yourself healthy, boosting your performance, preventing disease and aging well depends on keeping your glutathione levels high. It is critical for immune function and controlling inflammation. It is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well.

–          Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the human body and cleanses the liver of chemicals, hormones and pollutants, supports the central nervous system, aids in fertility and supports a healthy and strong immune system. It is made from 3 amino acids: glutamate, cysteine and glycine. Glutathione is a safe, natually occuring substance, produced by the body’s own cells through dietary consumption. While it is not well absorbed orally, but can be administered safely by IV (intravenous) drip. There are no known side effects or interactions with IV administration of glutathione.

It is often used as a safe and natural agent to help restore uneven, sun-damaged or hyper-pigmented skin, including liver spots and melasma. Glutathione inhibits the production of eu-melanin and increases the production of pheo-melanin, a lighter skin pigment, from the melanocytes in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Eumelanin production in the body contributes to darker skin whereas pheomelanin production contributes to a red-yellow pigment found in lighter-skinned humans. As a result glutathione therapy can lighten skin, lead to a more youthful and smooth complexion, and minimize the appearance of minor skin imperfections.

Although results vary based on the individual and treatment prescribed, schedule and avoidance of unprotected sun exposure, one will typically see results within 2-3 months. Skin lightens in a subtle yet progressive fashion. Beginning with becoming noticeably healthier and more vibrant looking (along with healthier hair), skin tone may than get lighter while maintaining a natural look.

Results can last a long time, as long as unprotected sun exposure is avoided. The sun has a counteractive effect because it increases eumelanin production and darkens skin tone. To ensure one gets the most out of glutathione treatments, it is best to avoid excessive sun exposure or wear high SPF sunscreen (ie. SPF 60) when in the sun. Follow-up IVs every 3 – 6 months, are often pursued to maintain results.