One of the most common Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy formulas is known as the Myers’ Cocktail originally developed by Dr. John Myers, MD more than 30 years ago. Since then, Intravenous Nutrient Therapy has gained popularity with doctors and patients alike in naturopathic medicine.

What’s In the Bag?

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy contains a combination of vitamins and minerals designed to saturate your body’s cells with nutrients so they can function optimally and repair quickly and efficiently. IV therapy allows the nutrients to go directly into the blood system, bypassing any absorption or digestive issues that may be present. IV nutrients achieve serum concentration 10 times higher than oral supplementation or even intramuscular administration. Typical ingredients (but not limited to) include: calcium, magnesium, Bvitamins, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and glutathione. The exact composition of an IV treatment is tailored to suit the needs of each individual.

Specific Athletic Goals

IV therapy is being used with athletes looking to improve their training and competition by increasing stamina, strength and endurance, and by decreasing their recovery time and fatigue. Also, due to the nature of many training regimes in-season demands, athletes tend to put a high demand on their immune system. IV treatments can help keep an athlete’s immune system strong, experiencing less illness, as they go through training and competition.

Other applications of IV therapy include:

Acute conditions:
• upper respiratory infections
• viral/bacterial infections
• migraines and cluster headaches
• seasonal allergies

Chronic conditions:
• cancer
• fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome
• fibromyalgia and myofacial pain
• inflammatory bowel disease
• irritable bowel disease
• paresthesias, numbness and tingling
• narcotic withdrawal


A typical IV treatment takes between 20 and 45 minutes to administer and is considered safe for most people. Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi, ND works with you to ensure Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is the right choice for your needs.

Dr. K, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. K, Naturopathic Doctor

Article Provided by Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi
Naturopathic Doctor
Align Health Centre

Article provided for participants of the 5km Run Clinic at The Running Room

If you are curious to learn more about this exciting therapy, please contact Align Health Centre at(905) 953-1008 to book your complimentary 15-min consult.
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