MYERS' COCKTAIL OR BASIC VITAMIN INFUSION (BVI)
One of our most common and most widely used Nutritional I.V.'s is our BVI or Basic Vitamin Infusion. It was inspired by the work of the late John Myers, M.D., a physician at Johns Hopkins University who created the famous “Myers’ Cocktail” in the 1970's which originally consisted of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. This intravenous vitamin and mineral formula has been utilized as a safe and effective treatment by hundreds of practitioners to successfully treat a wide range of clinical conditions.
We have been successfully administering our BVI or Basic Vitamin Infusion, which is our version of the modified Myers Cocktail to thousands of patients for a variety of conditions often producing dramatic results. We have found that our proprietary blend of Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid and Vitamin C to be helpful in treating acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, colds/flu and other upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders.
People who feel run down, "stressed out" and fatigued may benefit tremendously from our BVI and IV nutrient therapy is a great way to keep your system strong throughout the cold and flu season. Many patients report that they feel completely rejuvenated after a single treatment, and the results can last from several days to several weeks.
How is it administered?
It is administered intravenously with a small butterfly needle over about a 30-minute period while the patient relaxes comfortably in a recliner chair. Our BVI or Basic Vitamin Infusion treatments are commonly ordered once a week for three weeks but can be administered as often as twice per week or as infrequently as once every 3-4 months depending on need.
How does the "Myers' Cocktail” or BVI work?
Direct administration of nutrients into the bloodstream bypasses the barrier and limitations of our digestive tract. Intravenous administration of vitamins and minerals can achieve serum or blood concentrations that are just not obtainable with oral or even intramuscular (IM), administration. When optimal serum concentrations have been achieved, various nutrients have been shown to exert pharmacological effects. Some experts believe that in addition to having direct pharmacological effects, IV nutrient therapy may be more effective than oral or IM treatment for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits. This theory is based on the fact that some nutrients are present at much higher concentrations in the cells than in the serum and by “bathing” these cells in high concentrations of nutrients it allows ailing cells to take up nutrients against a smaller concentration gradient.
Are there any Adverse Effects to the "Myers' Cocktail” or BVI?
We have successfully treated thousands of patients in our office with our BVI with no serious adverse effects. As with any IV treatment, mild side effects can include: discomfort at the infusion site, lightheadedness or vasovagal reaction (fainting). Intravenous administration of magnesium can function as a vasodilator and muscle relaxer so some patients experience a warming or “flushing” sensation in the face, chest or pelvic area and a feeling of relaxation. Magnesium can also lower blood pressure so there is always the slight chance of hypotension (low blood pressure) but this is seldom, if ever seen in our office as we are experienced with dosage and rate of infusion. In many instances we find this treatment to be more effective and better tolerated than many conventional medical therapies.
For more information please read this abstract review from Dr. Alan R. Gaby, M.D. -