Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body with approximately half of the supply located in the bones and the remainder in the muscles and soft tissues. It has great importance not only for general biochemistry, but also for neuro-muscular activity. For example, persistent or severe muscle pains are common signs of magnesium deficiency.
In general practice, oral supplements of magnesium (and other nutrients) have been reported beneficial for treating muscle cramps & discomfort. The problem, however, with oral dosing is that it takes a long time for it to work, and it can become complicated by poor absorption & diarrhoea (if given too much). Here is where the intravenous use of magnesium and the “Magnesium Cocktail Therapy” becomes appropriate.
The use of intravenous magnesium in medicine is not a new phenomenon. Below is a partial list of research-supported uses of intravenous magnesium and its safety.
- Musculoskeletal pain syndromes
- Neuropathic pain in cancer patients
- Reduces intra & post operative analgesic requirements
- Corrects muscle cramps caused by magnesium deficiency
- Acute asthma attack
- Acute heart attack
- Pre-eclampsia & eclampsia (in pregnancy)
Magnesium cocktail therapy
One of the concerns when using a single nutrient in high doses, is it may create an imbalance or deficiency state in the others. Because of this delicate mineral & vitamin balances within the body, I perfected a formula to optimize the powerful effects of magnesium. Consequently, the “Magnesium Cocktail Therapy” (MCT) was created, ensuring proper nutritional balance. In my experience, the Magnesium Cocktail is more effective than using magnesium alone.
Common benefits received from the magnesium cocktail therapy
Here is a list of positive benefits MCT has on patients.
- Muscle relaxation (for both acute & chronic cases)
- Improved flexibility
- Enhanced recovery times
- Pain relief
- Reduced requirements for NSAIDs & muscle relaxants
- Feeling of “calmness or tranquility”
- Improved sleep quality
- Support (i.e. for bones, muscles, nerves, and more)
- In general, MCT is relaxing for the entire nervous system
How does magnesium cocktail therapy work
It appears that the MCT temporarily blocks the excitement sites (known as NMDA) and calcium channel sites in the nervous system. These combined effects give MCT its analgesic properties. Thus, the lower the magnesium levels in your blood, the more pain you feel! (4). MCT, in addition, increases the general circulation throughout the body allowing for both increased oxygenation & waste removal in damaged tissues.
A treatment consists of a single intravenous injection lasting about 15 minutes. Most patients (>70%) report improvements after a single injection. For others, between 2-4 treatments may be needed for optimal results. Immediately following the first injection, most people note increased flexibility & movement. In my experience, the full effects are felt the next morning. For severe or acute cases, I recommend two treatments within a 48-hour time period in order to effectively break the pain-cycle.
Safety of MCT
Magnesium Cocktail Therapy is extremely safe. No complications have been documented. In fact, this therapy is safer than aspirin. As a secondary effect, patients experience a mild feeling of warmth lasting a few seconds. Consequently, a mild and transient blood pressure lowering effect may occur. Generally, during & after the injection people report on how calm and relaxed they feel. In fact, people often tell me that they usually get a better night sleep after MCT.
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