Institute for Healing Arts Research : Director, Andrew Kochan, M.D.

Clinical Specialties: IV Vitamin therapy
Nutritional Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Protocol

About the Therapy

 "Myers' Cocktail," an intravenous vitamin nutrient supplement, was formulated more than 30 years ago by John Myers, MD, a Baltimore physician. This potent solution contains a specially balanced combination of vitamin and minerals. It is given intravenously to help the treatment of a range of ailments and increase energy. In the last few years, Alan R. Gaby, MD, president of the American Holistic Medical Association, has modified the ingredients and popularized the protocol.

The standard Myers’ Cocktail consists of magnesium, calcium, vitamin B-5 (dexpanthenol), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B-12 (hydroxycobalamin), vitamin B complex, and an average of 25 grams of Vitamin C. Two time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling was a staunch supporter of Vitamin C for healing a wide variety of health problems. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps the immune system ward off bacterial and viral infections. It also makes certain metabolic processes in work better. Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers’ Cocktail protocol, depending on the patient's diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.

Many people who have benefited from this protocol claim that the intravenous shots of vitamin B12 in Myers’ Cocktail are even more beneficial than Vitamin B-12 intramuscular injections in restoring their energy and stamina. Intravenous treatments are more effective than oral therapy for increasing blood levels of nutrients. According to some experts, intravenous delivery may improve the transport nutrients from the blood into the cells

The standard ingredients in Myers’ Cocktail

  • Vitamin B complex 100 (B complex)
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B5 (Dexpanthenol)
  • Calcium (Calcium gluconate)
  • Vitamin B12 (Hydroxocobalamin)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine hydrochloride)

Conditions that may be improve with Myers’ Cocktail

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
  • Chronic depression
  • Acute or chronic muscle spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine headaches- often within minutes
  • Tension headaches
  • Narcotic withdrawal
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Acute of chronic asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic vascular disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
  • Acute viral illness/colds
  • Acute infections

What is the duration of Treatment?

Patients vary in the number of treatments needed, but most require infusions 1 to 2 times per week. Some patients experience improvement after only one treatment, and many report significant healing by the fourth infusion. People who have chronic conditions may need ongoing treatment of several IV’s per week, or periodically every few weeks to regain their energy.

How is the protocol given?

Dr. Kochan mixes all the ingredients with 200mL sterile water in an IV bag. It is infused slowly over a period of 30 to 45 minutes.

Is It Safe?

Myers’ Cocktail is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapy that is well tolerated by most people. It carries a low risk of serious adverse side effects. if the protocol is administered quickly there may be a sensation of warmth and flushing. This is due to the rapid rise of magnesium. Some patients may also have the taste of vitamins in their mouth shortly after they are given the infusion.

Patients taking digoxin (Lanoxin®) or potassium-depleting drugs should be cautious and should inform Dr. Kochan that they are using these medications before beginning the Myers’ Cocktail protocol.

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