Saline Solution (Intravenous Solution)

It is the most effective treatment for severe ME/CFS that I have found in my 21 years of looking Dr. David Bell

Saline solution is…

an intravenous IV drip containing sodium chloride (salt water) at levels close to those found in the blood (usually 0.9%).  Outside of chronic fatigue syndrome saline solution is typically used in emergency situations when blood volume drops enough (hypovolemia) to significantly impair blood circulation. In ME/CFS it is often used to increase blood volume and improve symptoms; low blood volume is commonly found in  ME/CFS. Long term use requires an indwelling IV line (PICC).

Saline Solution May Work in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Because…

it raises blood volume and for other undetermined reasons.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Doctors Report

Dr. Bell noted that a year of daily 1 liter saline infusions had enabled a severely ill CFS patient who had been undergoing seizures (which had been characterized as psychological in nature) to return to full-time work. Saline solution’s effects are temporary resulting in a return of symptoms when the treatment is stopped.

Dr. Bell reported that  75% of the 25 patients he’d tried saline solution on had improved.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Report

Many people have reported significant increases in energy and reduced symptoms following saline. One patient suffering a severe relapse after being given general anesthesia for an operation reported being revived 5 weeks later after being given saline solution.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Studies

No studies on the effect of saline solution  have been done but in 2012 several studies are examining the effects of saline solution or salt on patients with orthostatic intolerance (trouble standing without symptoms).


Dr. David Bell “Intravenous Fluid as a Treatment for ME/CFS”


1 comment
Tami March 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I would like more information on Intravenous Saline therapy. Is this through a doctor only? Can it be done at home? Are there inexpensive places to get it done? I do not have health insurance or a job. I have heard some people getting additives such as b vitamins to their saline infusion, I am a member of a local support group for fibromyalgia and CFS/ME.
I am fainting several times a day and having seizures while I am lying on the floor for up to 45 minutes. I have yet to find a doctor to treat me even now that I am diagnosed. Outside of the specialty of Rheumatology no one believes that I have anything but panic attacks. I was diagnosed last year by a Rheumatologist in Portland, Oregon with CFS/ME, Orthestatic Intollerance by tilt table test at OHSU. I tried increasing my salt intake so much that I gained 15 lbs within a week. Then I switched electrolyte powder that you add to your water. While I think that it may help some, neither intaking extra salt or adding electrolyte additives to my water is making the fainting or seizuring much better.
Is IV saline therapy an option for in home care?

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