Those who are familiar with IV nutrient therapy may have heard the term “Myers’ cocktail,” perhaps used in the waiting rooms or brochures of med spas across the country. This treatment is actually the father of all IV treatments, and its father — Dr. John Myers — is the father of every clinician who’s used infusion therapy as a luxury medical treatment.
Who Was Dr. Myers?
John Myers, M.D. was a physician who operated out of Baltimore, Maryland during the 1970s and ’80s, during which time he pioneered the use of vitamin and mineral infusions to treat a range of health conditions. Although relatively little is known about the circumstances surrounding this innovation (such as when, how and why he decided to directly infuse his patients with nutrients), it is known that his cocktail was highly regarded by both his peers and his patients.
What is In Myers’ Cocktail?
Likewise, little is known about the exact ingredients of the original Myers’ IV cocktail. Myers himself kept no records of it, and the testimonies of his patients leave the matter unresolved. However, the work of his successors, such as Dr. Alan Gaby, M.D., imply that the original formula likely included the following ingredients:
- Magnesium Chloride
- Calcium Gluconate
- Calcium Pantothenate
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin C
- Dilute Hydrochloric Aacid
The precise amount of each ingredient is also unknown, but physicians who administer Myers’ cocktail and variations of it have fine-tuned their dosages to effect similar results.
What Is Myers’ Cocktail Used For?
Since its inception, IV therapy and Myers’ IV cocktail in particular have been used to treat a wide range of conditions. These conditions include:
- Asthma attacks
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Acute muscle spasm
- Upper respiratory infections
- Chronic sinusitis
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
- Cardiovascular disease
How Does Myers’ Cocktail Work?
Myers’ cocktail works by delivering the aforementioned vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into the bloodstream. A small catheter is inserted into the patient’s vein, and then the cocktail is delivered over a period that usually lasts about 20 to 45 minutes.
Why Does Myers’ Cocktail Work?
The direct, intravenous infusion entailed in Myers’ cocktail distinguishes it from other forms of supplementation, such as taking multivitamins orally. This offers patients a host of benefits that would be otherwise unobtainable. For instance, studies have shown that IV delivery increases blood concentrations of vitamin C by 50x more than oral supplementation.
So why is IV therapy (and by extension, Myers’ cocktail) so much more effective? The answer is simple: IV infusions bypass the digestive tract and deliver nutrients directly into the bloodstream. So, patients receiving infusions do not have to wait for their bodies to metabolize these nutrients (a process that can take hours). In addition, the bioavailability of the nutrients (the percentage the original molecule that remains pure by the time it reaches the blood) is far greater.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Historically, side effects from receiving infusions of Myers’ cocktail have been extremely rare. If they do occur, they are likely to be limited to minor irritations of the vein. However, allergies always have the potential to exacerbate any side effects, and it is always prudent to consult with a physician before receiving treatment.
The Legacy of Myers’ Cocktail
The guiding concept behind Myers’ cocktail is that ineffective nutrient digestion can impede recovery from certain health conditions. This may be due to symptoms such as bloating or indigestion, or it may be because some illnesses deplete the body of nutrients normally received during the day.
The legacy of Myers’ cocktail is therefore this: the digestive system is no longer relevant to recovery. You can bypass it entirely, and in doing so you will streamline not only your recovery, but also your entire health and well-being. IV treatment is no longer about just preventing and treating diseases, but also about optimizing specific health aspects such as:
Where Can I Receive Myers’ Cocktail?
Each of Infuzio’s seven IV treatments is inspired by Myers’ original cocktail formula. The most faithful incarnation is iEnergize, a modification of Myers’ cocktail that is engineered to treat the exact same symptoms and health conditions. If you are interested in learning more about this infusion, Infuzio’s six other IV treatments, or any of our other acclaimed wellness therapies, call (561) 571-8579 TODAY!