IV Nutrient Therapy in Victoria BC

Why give IV nutrients as opposed to oral?


Infusing a nutrient solution directly into the blood allows for more thorough and rapid absorption and utilization of the vitamins and minerals. This is because adding a mixture directly into the circulation will bypass the digestive system, where absorption of nutrients can be impaired. Therefore administrating nutrients intravenously allows for nutrients to reach therapeutic levels faster. Additionally, some side effects from high dose oral administration (for example loose stools from high doses of oral Vitamin C and Magnesium) are avoided.


IV Nutrient Therapy

You may have heard about intravenous (IV) vitamin and mineral therapies but are unsure of what this therapy entails, and whether or not it will benefit you. Licensed naturopathic doctors who are certified in IV nutrient therapy can provide thorough assessments that can help determine if this therapy is medically indicated. If indicated these treatments are tailored to your individual health needs.

What is a Myers' Cocktail?


The Myers' Cocktail is therapy that has been used by naturopaths and other complementary and alternative health care practitioners for over half a century.  This therapy was initially developed by Dr. John Myers MD, and further refined and popularized by Dr. Alan Gaby MD. 


A Myers' treatment is typically a combination of Vitamins C, B complex, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium and Selenium (blended with saline of sterile water).  The amounts of these vitamins and minerals will depend on the patient and the particular health concern being treated.  The nutrient combination is infused directly into the circulation, through a vein, generally over 10-20 minutes by a gentle “push,” or 30-45 minutes by “drip.”

Additional Resources:

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: The Myers’ Cocktail. Alternative Medicine Review. 2002 Oct;7(5):389-403.

Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for Fibromyalgia: A Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009 Mar; 15(3): 247–257.

Intravenous Vitamin C administration reduces fatigue in office workers: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Nutrition Journal. 2012; 11: 7.

Intravenous vitamin C as adjunctive therapy for enterovirus/rhinovirus induced acute respiratory distress syndrome. World Journal of Critical Care Medicine. 2017 Feb 4; 6(1): 85–90.

Intravenous Vitamin C in the treatment of shingles: Results of a multicenter prospective cohort study. Medical Science Monitor. 2012; 18(4): CR215–CR224.

Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of allergies: an interim subgroup analysis of a long-term observational study. Medical Science Monitor. 2018 Sep; 46(9): 3640–3655.

Effect of high dose vitamin C on Epstein-Barr viral infection. Medical Science Monitor. 2014; 20: 725–732.

Efficacy of intravenous magnesium sulfate in the treatment of acute migraine attacks. Headache. 2001 Feb;41(2):171-7.

Intravenous magnesium sulfate rapidly alleviates headaches of various types. Headache. 1996 Mar;36(3):154-60.

© 2017 by Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen | Naturopath Victoria BC. 

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314-1175 Cook Street Victoria, BC V8C 4A1

Tel: 778-265-8340

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