We’ve all heard the story of that magic potion—the one able to extend life and work miracles. Since ancient times, brave adventurers and alchemists alike have searched for a fabled elixir by many different names: Amrita, the Philosopher’s stone, “the Water of Life”, liquid gold.
But what if this liquid cure-all isn’t a legend, after all?
Enter the Myers’ Cocktail: it’s not shaken, stirred, or even served in a glass. But it is a liquid some might compare to those fabled elixirs. A mixture said to cure illness, reverse aging, and much more.
Here’s everything you want to know about the Myers’ Cocktail.
What is a Myers’ Cocktail?
DEFINITION #1 – in layman’s terms
A Myers’ Cocktail is a popular blend of vitamins given through intravenous (IV) therapy.
DEFINITION #2 – in detail
A Myers’ Cocktail is a scientifically-formulated mixture of medical-grade nutrients administered through injections or an IV regimen, pioneered more than fifty years ago by the late Dr. John Myers.
Society’s increased dependency on processed foods has equated a lack of necessary nutrients in the everyday modern diet:
“Two-thirds of all meals are eaten outside the home, and nearly half of them are in fast food joints. You can’t expect this to provide all the necessary nutrients, and many studies show that it does not. A large number of people admitted to hospitals are found to have deficiencies, and the problems worsen in the hospital.”
Further, an increase of digestive complications among the public means the nutrients that are ingested in our diets are no longer getting 100% absorption.
But the use of an intravenous drip allows vitamins to bypass the digestive system and enter directly into the bloodstream and organs, ensuring full absorption at the cellular level. Intravenous vitamin treatments are recommended by many researchers, as evidenced in many scientific publications, including Annals of Internal Medicine and PLOS ONE.
“Nutrition and nutrient therapies are safer, cheaper and more effective than most other medical treatment. … Patients need adequate nutrition, not drugs, to recover from any illness, and sometimes they need that really fast.”
What’s in a Myers’ Cocktail?
Ingredients vary depending on the treatment center. Commonly-used vitamins include:
- Magnesium chloride – prevents inflammation and supports a healthy immune system. Also good for treating asthma, migraines, and high blood pressure
- Calcium gluconate – treats low blood calcium and builds strong bones
- B complex – promotes healthy hair and skin, prevents memory loss, and acts as anti-stress
- Vitamin C – fights cancer and acts as an antioxidant
History of the Myers Cocktail
It was the 1960s, a decade of counterculture and revolution in every shape and form imaginable. At Johns Hopkins Hospital in the heart of Baltimore, internist Dr. John Myers felt restraints of his own—in the traditional reactive medicine practiced in near-exclusivity at that time.
Even in that decade, it was already clear that diet and nutrition needed greater study. One pioneering physician founded one of the nation’s first community health centers in an impoverished area, causing the medical community to ponder the idea of treating the cause of sicknesses, rather than the illnesses themselves. (Also known as preventative health care.)
Dr. Myers, too, realized medical treatment needed its own revolution.
In his work, he realized minimal amounts of nutrients were being absorbed into the bloodstream. Inspiration struck when he decided to mix key vitamins and minerals into a “cocktail” of sorts. The treatment would be given intravenously and would boost his patients’ health directly through their bloodstream. Myers first tested the treatment on animals, later on himself, and finally on others to great success.
When Myers died in 1984, no one knew the exact recipe for his infamous IV “cocktail”. Enter Dr. Alan Gaby, a medical sleuth (and author) who, vitamin by vitamin, uncovered a formula to match the late Dr. Myers’ miracle blend. He dubbed the treatment the “Myers’ Cocktail” to honor his late colleague’s work. Dr. Gaby gave more than 15,000 treatments over the course of a decade and began spreading the word about the positive effects of the Myers’ Cocktail. He presented his findings at medical conferences and published an oft-quoted review in the Alternative Medicine Review in 2002.
In the nearly fifteen years since, the Myers’ Cocktail has grown in popularity. In addition to its use to treat and prevent medical conditions, it has also become known for its use as a hangover cure in party cities and among celebrities.
What Conditions Can IV Therapy Help With?
IV Vitamin Therapy is used to treat a number of conditions. We’ve included a list of conditions and products we offer that can help treat those conditions:
- Chronic fatigue
- Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic depression
- Lyme disease
- Flu / cold
- Immune boosting
- Muscle fatigue
- Food poisoning
- Antioxidant benefits
- Muscle fatigue
- Narcotic withdrawal
- Gastrointestinal issues
But IV nutrient therapy is not just for sick—many use the treatment in a preventative sense. Children are getting injections to ready themselves for their germ-filled classrooms.
Some frequent travelers use vitamin injections before long flights in cold and flu seasons.
Athletes may even use iv hydration therapy to legally enhance their athletic performance.
And, of course, there are those who seek the Myers’ Cocktail remedy for their pesky hangovers.
What to Expect When Receiving IV Treatment
After arriving at the clinic for an appointment, a staff member will guide you through a brief medical assessment. The “cocktail” will be mixed right there at the clinic. The nutrient-rich mixture will be administered via syringe or IV (usually into your forearm) over a period of time ranging from 5 to 30 minutes. Treatment rooms oftentimes are relaxing spaces, with dim lights and comforting music.
Don’t be surprised to feel a “flush” that starts in your chest and moves through your body. Some report a warm sensation in the pelvic region; others, a metallic taste in your mouth. Patients have also experienced heightened visual activity.
Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat beforehand—otherwise you may feel faint or dizzy.
Those who’ve received Myers’ Cocktail treatments report feeling re-energized, perky, and pain-free. Some have noticed tighter facial skin and a healthy all-around glow. You might even call the Myers’ Cocktail a “vacation-in-a-bag”, as many describe feeling as rested and happy as after a week-long vacation.
Typically patients are recommended for Myers’ Cocktail treatments once a week for 4 weeks, and then once or twice a month afterward. Frequency may vary based on the medical professional, patient, and symptoms.
Real-life Clinical Examples of Myers’ Cocktail Use
[As presented as case studies in Dr. Alan R. Gaby’s “Myers’ Cocktail” Review in the Alternative Medicine Review, Volume 7, Number 5 (2002)]
Example 1: After battling chronic sinusitis for more than a year, a woman in her early 30s was given Myers’ Cocktail injections two days in a row. Her symptoms improved quickly and did not reoccur for more than six months’ time.
Example 2: A middle-aged woman suffering from migraines began Myers’ Cocktail therapy after a number of failed treatments. She received about 70 sessions over the course of 6 years and after most treatments she had considerable headache relief in mere minutes.
Example 3: Just days before an important tournament, a college wrestler came down with the flu. After a Myers’ Cocktail injection, his symptoms diminished and he felt re-energized. He performed better he ever had before in the wrestling tournament.
Myers’ Cocktail vs. Alternative IV Therapies
Myers’ Cocktail is a powerful blend of vitamins, whereas other IV therapy options generally use fewer ingredients. Other IV therapies include:
B12 COMPLEX – a quick energy boost and great for hair, skin, and nails;
HIGH DOSE VITAMIN C – prevents stress and fatigue, supports immune health, and brightens skin;
GLUTATHIONE – anti-oxidant that treats fatigue, depression, and other chronic symptoms;
MULTIVITAMIN MINERAL IV – a wide variety of vitamins ranging from A to Zinc used to replenish vitamin deficiencies;
MSM – an amino acid used for pain relief;
SODIUM BICARBONATE – also known as baking soda. Improves detoxification, decreases inflammation, and decreases symptoms of acid reflux;
ALPHA-LIPOIC ACIC (ALA) – a powerful antioxidant of vitamins like C and E, used to treat cancer and other diseases;
While each of these IV therapies focuses on an important area of health or nutrition, the Myers’ Cocktail is the most comprehensive IV therapy available today.
Who’s Talking About IV Therapy?
- Stars like Brad Pitt and Rihanna are said to receive IV vitamin treatment so they look—and feel—good on stage and on the screen.
- American model and Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle co-host Chrissy Teigen has posted about IV therapy on Instagram, saying: “hello body meet vitamins”
- Good Morning America covered the use of vitamin drip infusions in Hollywood
- Australian model Miranda Kerr claims the Myers’ Cocktail is her favorite cocktail
And now you know: if you’re interested in preventing illness, treating sickness, or just feeling all-around more healthy and energized, the Myers’ Cocktail might be the boost your cells have been looking for!