IV Therapy For Fibromyalgia: Myers’ Cocktail
What is IV Therapy?
IV therapy is an intravenous (vein injection) administration of nutrients to receive vitamins and minerals not achievable by oral administration. The IV injection can take approximately 30 minutes to administer but is usually tailored to the individual. There are different vitamin and mineral ‘cocktails’ to address certain desires. One of the most common cocktails is called the Myers’ cocktail which has been shown to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders. (See this review article for further details: Gaby AR. Intravenous nutrient therapy: the "Myers' cocktail". Altern Med Rev. 2002;7(5):389‐403.)
IV Therapy and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is one of the more common conditions managed with IV therapy, specifically by the Myers’ cocktail. Fibromyalgia is when you experience widespread pain and muscle tenderness with fatigue, sleep dysfunction, and depression which affects 3.4% of women in the US. The uncertain etiology (causes of diseases) and poor management with conventional treatments makes pharmaceutical intervention difficult and thus, practitioners and patients seek alternative interventions like IV therapy.
Alternative intervention studies show promising results at reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. Dietary intervention studies such as raw vegetarian diets, whole food extract supplements, and vitamin supplements demonstrate increased tolerance to pain and improved quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The Myers’ cocktail is used for a variety of conditions, but most often in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome due to the consistent positive results. Studies show significant improvement in pain, depression, and quality of life in those with fibromyalgia.
Total Health offers IV therapy in Florham Park, NJ with these cocktail options:
- Myers’ Cocktail
- “Fountain of youth”/anti-aging
- “Game day” Athletic performance
- “Fat Burner”/weight loss
- Energy/general fatigue
- Immune cocktail
IV Therapy is performed by Dr. Locatelli, MD, and Brielle Cook, BSN, RN, CCRN.
1. Ali, A., Njike, V. Y., Northrup, V., Sabina, A. B., Williams, A. L., Liberti, L. S., Perlman, A. I., Adelson, H., & Katz, D. L. (2009). Intravenous micronutrient therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for fibromyalgia: a placebo-controlled pilot study. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 15(3), 247–2577