Is IV Vitamin Therapy The Right Natural Health Supplement For You?

Published: 16th March 2012
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In recent years an intravenous vitamin drip known as The Myers Cocktail has become the latest craze for holistic healing and for good reason. The Myers Cocktail, along with similar IV vitamin holistic healing therapies, has been used successfully to treat many ailments, as an immune system booster and as a natural health supplement.
Developed in the 1970s by physician John Myers, M.D. at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, the Myers Cocktail is a natural health supplement that contains Vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and all of the B vitamins diluted in water.
This nutritional healing method takes vitamins intravenously and injects essential vitamins and nutrients directly into the blood stream, bypassing the digestive system and enabling quick absorption. Often when a person’s body is sick or becoming sick the gut is already inflamed and makes oral absorption difficult and less efficient. Using Vitamin IVs, this holistic healing tool allows efficient and quick absorption while boosting energy and hydrating the body. Intravenous administration of nutrients also allows for a much higher concentration to enter the body than can be achieved orally.
People have a tendency to get sick during the winter months, and are in need of an immune system boost. This natural healing supplement can solve this problem. This natural health supplement gives them just the boost they need to prevent or fight illness, or for general nutrition.
Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy
Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue—Patients who suffer from tiredness, chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue often are also suffering from nutritional and vitamin deficiency. These patients are looking for holistic healing to help solve this lifelong difficulty. IV vitamin therapy restores essential vitamins and nutrients to the body, which increases energy and repairs enzyme systems.
Cancer—Research suggests that a high dosage of vitamin C has a negative effect on cancer cell growth. Vitamin C given intravenously supplies the body with higher levels of vitamin C and other nutrients than it would if taken orally. High levels of vitamin C helps boost the immune system by increasing lymphatic production and preventing cellular free radical damage. Vitamin C also helps patients to better tolerate chemotherapy by reducing the toxicity of radiation without lessening the cancer killing effects of the drug. This holistic healing method can solve many problems.
Autoimmune conditions—Natural health supplements such as vitamins and nutrients found in IV vitamin therapy help in lowering inflammation in the body. Holistic healing can be extremely effective in treating common autoimmune conditions such as, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjorgren’s Syndrome and scleroderma.
Migraines—Migraine headaches are often linked to poor intestinal health, which causes the body to have poor mineral and vitamin absorption through the digestive system. Injecting the vitamins intravenously solves this problem by bypassing the digestive system and sending the nutrients directly into the blood stream. Found in this holistic healing cocktail, the high dosage of magnesium helps to decrease the frequency and severity of migraines. Magnesium relaxes muscle contraction and dilates blood vessels, providing significant migraine relief.
Detoxification—IV vitamin holistic healing therapy is used as nutritional healing during detoxification. When patients are on a detox diet, they are often limiting their food intake and therefore can’t get nutrition into the body. A vitamin IV not only gets essential nutrients into the body, it helps the liver to dispose of toxins through this holistic healing method.
For Athletes—Many athletes have found the holistic healing benefit of using IV vitamin therapy as an energy boost for training leading up to a big game or event. It pumps the body full of highly concentrated nutrients for optimal performance.
IV vitamin therapy has also been used to treat stress, low immune system function, seasonal allergies and dehydration by providing the body with holistic healing supplements like essential vitamins and nutrients that often get depleted.
The vitamin cocktail differs slightly based on each patient’s condition, but this natural health supplement is mostly a standard mixture of vitamin C, zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium and all of the B vitamins. This method of holistic healing can help heal patient’s medical problems.
Based on medical conditions, the frequency of each dosage of IV vitamin holistic healing therapy varies from multiple times weekly to monthly or even quarterly. Each patient is different and therefore requires different natural health supplements.
In my practice, after a brief medical history assessment, a patient will spend 20 to 45 minutes in the IV room for a standard Myers cocktail. While they are hooked up to the natural health supplement, they enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with soft music, candles and comfortable seating. The experience is meant to be more of a holistic healing relaxation technique than a medical procedure. As a result of the atmosphere and high levels of magnesium (a natural relaxant) patients often come away tired from the experience. After a night’s sleep they wake up feeling fully rejuvenated and healthy, much of which can be attributed to this holistic healing technique.
There are no significant side effects to IV vitamin therapy. However, patients suffering from liver or kidney disease need to use precaution when using this holistic healing technique. It is always advisable to speak with a medical practitioner about your medical history before beginning this natural health supplement. This is why I perform a brief medical history assessment to see if there are any risk factors before administering IV vitamin therapy.
About Dr. Pingel:
Dr. Tricia Pingel is a naturopathic medical doctor located in Scottsdale, Arizona. She treats a variety of conditions, including menopausal symptoms with bio-identical hormone replacement, infertility, cardiac, thyroid disorders, anxiety/depression, gastrointestinal concerns, such as, gas/bloating, food allergies, celiac disease, IBD and more!
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