Elements Holistic provides several different types of IV Therapy treatments. The most common is a solution of vitamins and minerals called a Myers' Cocktail, invented over 30 years ago by Baltimore physician John Myers. It contains magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12) and vitamin C.
The vitamins are typically given in larger doses than are present in vitamin pills. For example, the amount of Vitamin C (up to 25 grams) is almost 300 times the recommended daily dose of 90 milligrams.
Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers’ Cocktail protocol, "customizing" it to the patient's diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.
The procedure typically takes between one and two hours, and costs between $100 to $300 per session. Many devotees attend their sessions on a weekly basis.
IV vitamin therapy is useful in treating many different conditions, including:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
- Chronic depression
- Acute or chronic muscle spasm
- Fibromyalgia (see below)
- Migraine headaches
- Tension headaches
- Narcotic withdrawal
- Seasonal allergic rhinitis
- Respiratory problems
- Acute or chronic asthma
- Cardiovascular disease
- Ischemic vascular disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
- Acute viral illness/colds
- Acute infections
Most patients experience significant overall improvements.
- Better energy
- Better mental clarity
- Improved sleep
- Overall generalized improvement of their complaints
- Subjective feelings of well being
Patients commonly report one of two patterns after intravenous therapy.
- People who feel better right away are usually “behind the 8 ball,” meaning they really need the biochemical ingredients in the intravenous and the physiology improves quickly.
- People who feel tired or unwell are generally in the process of detoxifying. When toxins are pulled out of tissues, they re-enter the blood stream. They remain poisons, but they are now on their way OUT instead of on their way IN. Even when patients do not feel well at this stage, the process is one of healing and cleaning. After this period, an overall improvement in one’s sense of well being is generally reported.
How often will I need treatment?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary depending on certain factors.
- Condition(s) being treated
- Current health status of the patient
- Response of the patient to the treatments
A general estimate of treatments are decided at the evaluation appointment, and then a more specific number as we go along with the treatment plan. Most patients will require at least 10 treatments. Depending on the response, some patients will then go on to maintenance therapy with occasional treatments.
For more information about the history and use of intravenous therapy, you may wish to read Dr. Allan Gaby’s landmark article History and Use of the Intravenous Treatments.