Treating Headaches with IV Therapy

Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND

Headaches are caused by a multitude of factors. It takes time for many people to source the root causes. From food sensitivity, heavy metal toxicity to tension or physical trauma- headaches come in all shapes and sizes.  As we are working together to understand the underlying cause of the chronic headaches, especially when dealing with migraines, I often introduce this treatment Vitamin IV therapy.

IV therapy – Using vitamins and minerals as an adjunct to headache treatment has made all the differences in my practice. I find many patients are dehydrated so introducing IV fluids full of vitamins and minerals, blended to their individual needs, is a great way to deal with the acute headache symptoms and to support healing when we are working on chronic headaches causes.

Most of the IV’s I make for headache treatment include magnesium, Vitamin C and a mix of B Vitamins. Each IV is tailored to the individual to suit what we are treating.   A common name for these nutritive IV’s is Myer’s Cocktail, invented by Dr. John Myers for treatment of migraines, allergies, chronic sinusitis and much much more.

The Myers’ Cocktail is a vitamin cocktail that replenishment nutrients in your body. By using an IV administration there is a greater delivery of nutrients to cells. Why does it have to be a needle? When you take anything orally, it first must be absorbed and then it goes directly to the liver to be broken down.  This process reduces the concentration of what was absorbed so that the amount that enters the blood is at a low level.  When given an I.V.; whatever is delivered goes first to all the cells of the body and whatever is not absorbed is then taken back to the liver to be broken down.

There are many studies showing the benefits of The Myers cocktail for headaches and migraine.  In a study with 40 patients suffering from acute migraines after an IV treatment, 35 patients had a 50% reduction of pain and 9 of the 40 patient experienced complete relief. As well, these patients saw continued and improved relief over the next 24 hours.

A more recent study from Korea showed a significant benefit of IV magnesium therapy with a mean decrease in pain from 8/10 at the initiation of treatment to 2/10 after the the infusion and a 0/10.  An earlier study shows one single 1-g dose of magnesium sulfate has also been reported to get rid of cluster headaches in seven of 22 patients (32%), and a series of three to five injections provided sustained relief in an additional two patients (9%).

IV treatments is one of the modalities Naturopathic Physicians use to treat headaches acute and chronic. If you have been suffering with headaches, consider using IV therapy as a tool for prevention.



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