Study Shows Intravenous Nutrient Therapy Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms
A research study using intravenous nutrient therapy (often called intravenous micronutrient therapy) to treat fibromyalgia was published in the May-June 2007 issue of the Alternative Therapy Health Medicine journal. The objective of the study was "To evaluate the effectiveness of a modified Myers’ formula of intravenous nutrient therapy on the symptoms of fibromyalgia in therapy-resistant FM patients."
Although the research abstract did not detail the ingredients used in the modified Myers’ formula, the combination generally used as a modified version of what has come to be known as the "Myers Cocktail" includes: magnesium, calcium, vitamins B5, B6, B12, B-complex, and C. You’ll find a more detailed list of ingredients and amounts at the end of this SharePost.
This small pilot clinical trial consisted of seven participants who all had long-standing fibromyalgia (eight years or more) and had tried conventional therapies, such as antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and exercise, without significant or lasting relief. Participants were given IVMT treatments once a week for eight weeks. Each week their pain levels, fatigue, and daily living activities were evaluated.
Participants noted increased energy levels within 24-48 hours of the initial infusion. At the end of the study, all participants reported increased energy and activities of daily living as well as a 60% reduction in pain and an 80% decrease in fatigue. No participants, however, reported complete or lasting resolution of pain or fatigue. No side effects were reported.
Additional IVMT Notes
Anecdotal reports from doctors who regularly use IVMT to treat fibromyalgia indicate that patients need to continue a regular treatment schedule in order to maintain the reduction in pain and fatigue. However, usually the treatments can gradually be reduced from once a week to once a month.
The modified Myers’ Cocktail has also been found 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.
Go to IVMT Fibromyalgia Video if you would like to see a short video about how IVMT is being used to treat FM. The NIH-funded study mentioned in the video is due to be completed next month, July 2007.
The Myers’ Cocktail
Although each doctor may vary the ingredients slightly according to the needs of individual patients, following are the standard ingredients of the Myers’ Cocktail:
Magnesium chloride hexahydrate (200mg/ml) - 5 ml (1000 mg magnesium)
Calcium gluconate (100mg/ml) - 3 ml (300 mg calcium)
Hydroxocobalamin (B12) (1,000 mcg/ml) - 1 ml (1000 mcg)
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6) (100 mg/ml) - 1 ml (100 mg)
Dexpanthenol (B5) (250 mg/ml) - 1 ml (250 mg)
B-complex 100*- 1 ml
Vitamin C (500 mg/ml) - 5 ml (2500 mg)
Sterile Water - 20 ml
*B-Complex 100 contains the following per each ml:
Thiamine HCl - 100mg
Riboflavin - 2mg
Pyridoxine HCl - 2mg
Niacinamide - 100mg
Benxyl Alcohol - 2%
Karen is the Co-Founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.