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Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

You may have heard about intravenous (IV) vitamin and mineral therapies but are unsure of what this therapy entails, and whether or not it will benefit you. At Juniper Family Health our naturopathic doctors provide thorough health assessments that will help determine if this therapy is medically indicated. If indicated these treatments are tailored to your individual health needs.

What is a Myers' Cocktail?

The Myers’ Cocktail has been used by naturopathic doctors and other complementary and alternative health care practitioners for over half a century. This therapy was initially developed by Dr. John Myers MD, and further refined and popularized by Dr. Alan Gaby MD.  

A Myers' treatment is typically a combination of vitamins C, B complex, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, and selenium (blended with saline or sterile water). The amounts of these vitamins and minerals will depend on the patient and the particular health concern being treated. The nutrient combination is infused directly into the circulation, through a vein, generally over 10-20 minutes by a gentle “push,” or 30-45 minutes by “drip.”

Why give IV nutrients as opposed to oral?

Infusing a nutrient solution directly into the blood allows for more thorough and rapid absorption and utilization of the vitamins and minerals in tissues. This is because adding a mixture directly into the circulation will bypass the digestive system, where absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream can be impaired. Therefore, administrating nutrients intravenously allows for nutrients to reach therapeutic levels faster. Additionally, some side effects from high dose oral administration (for example loose stools from high doses of oral vitamin C and magnesium) are avoided.

What to expect:

To ensure that the IV nutrient therapy is formulated for an individual’s health needs, and to ensure patient safety, a 60 minute initial consultation with one of our naturopathic physicians is required. Additionally, blood work may be requested prior to the administration of the IV nutrient treatment.

The IV treatments are administered in individual clinic rooms by our naturopathic physicians. You are encouraged to stay well hydrated prior to the IV, and to bring in a small snack. The IV is administered while you are laying down on one of our comfortable treatment tables. Blood pressure is monitored prior to your treatment, and re-assessed as needed. A small needle is inserted and secured in a large vein in your arm for the duration of the treatment. The infusion is then started, and is monitored by your naturopathic physician. Many patients sleep or rest during their treatment. You can also bring in a book, magazine, or Ipad.

The number and frequency of the IV treatments depends on the individual’s health needs, but typically ranges from 2-6 treatments. The protocol will be discussed with you prior to the administration of the treatments, and re-assessed on an individual basis.

Additional Resources:

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Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for Fibromyalgia: A Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009 Mar; 15(3): 247–257.

Intravenous Vitamin C administration reduces fatigue in office workers: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Nutrition Journal. 2012; 11: 7.

Intravenous vitamin C as adjunctive therapy for enterovirus/rhinovirus induced acute respiratory distress syndrome. World Journal of Critical Care Medicine. 2017 Feb 4; 6(1): 85–90.

Intravenous Vitamin C in the treatment of shingles: Results of a multicenter prospective cohort study. Medical Science Monitor. 2012; 18(4): CR215–CR224.

Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of allergies: an interim subgroup analysis of a long-term observational study. Medical Science Monitor. 2018 Sep; 46(9): 3640–3655.

Effect of high dose vitamin C on Epstein-Barr viral infection. Medical Science Monitor. 2014; 20: 725–732.

Efficacy of intravenous magnesium sulfate in the treatment of acute migraine attacks. Headache. 2001 Feb;41(2):171-7.

Intravenous magnesium sulfate rapidly alleviates headaches of various types. Headache. 1996 Mar;36(3):154-60.