The Surprising Health Benefits of Intravenous Methylene Blue


methylene-blueRemember the blue dye we used in high school biology to stain frog parts for microscopy?

Surprise – it’s not just for staining frogs, fingers, and clothes. It’s a medication!

Marcel Hernandez, ND
Marcel Hernandez, ND

When I learned that MB is an accepted treatment for a number of health conditions, I was intrigued.

I did some research and began using methylene blue with patients who could benefit from its value in improving tissue oxygenation.

Additional study revealed that MB can be helpful in a host of conditions:

  • It can help prevent cardiac angina and arrhythmia, by inhibiting nitric oxide synthase.
  • It improves hypotension (low blood pressure) associated with various clinical states.
  • It can improve circulation very significantly in cirrhosis of the liver and severe hepatopulmonary syndrome.
  • In septic shock, MB causes a short-term but reliable improvement in blood pressure and cardiac function.
  • MB kills a contagious, antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that can cause dangerous infections in superficial or deep excisional wounds.
  • When exposed to light, MB can help hepatitis-C and HIV-1 patients by deactivating the nucleic acid that viruses require for the production of new viruses.
  • It can help in treatment-resistant plaque psoriasis.

But wait, there’s more!

  • Health scientists have become intrigued by the relationship between methylene blue and Alzheimer’s. It’s been demonstrated that MB can decrease the formation of the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that cause Alzheimer’s symptoms. And it can help Alzheimer’s patients by promoting the repair of impaired mitochondrial function and cellular metabolism.
  • New research suggests that MB induces cancer cell death by generating cellular oxidative stress – in plain English, it delivers a whacking great dose of oxygen to the cells, creating a cellular environment that’s inhospitable to the cancer cells. This discovery has led to ongoing studies of MB for cancer treatment.

Good news – methylene blue is generally safe for intravenous infusion. However, MB is contraindicated for patients with severe renal insufficiency, and is relatively contraindicated in G6PD-deficieny, an inherited, easily controlled condition that causes the spontaneous destruction of red blood cells. (Both conditions can be diagnosed with simple blood tests.)

We now offer methylene blue infusions in our clinic. Please call for more information: 650-917-1121.

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