Last Modified on May 16, 2014
Heard about this therapy yet? We've been hearing more and more about Transdermal Magnesium Therapy ("TMT") from our readers. You may also see it referred to as Magnesium Oil. Apparently TMT is the most effective way to get magnesium into the body.
A fantastic book on the subject is called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus.
The good news is that you can make this remedy at home for very little money. You can buy Magnesium Chloride crystals in bulk (we've got a reader-recommended source listed below) and make it a batch at a time: 50% Magnesium Chloride to 50% Water (Boiling). If you don't mind paying a small fortune to buy already-prepared magnesium oil, you can find many sources selling it online at google shopping: http://www.google.com/products?q=magnesium+oil&hl=en&aq=f
1/2 cup of Magnesium Chloride crystals dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water will give you a (very generous) one week supply.
Once this mixture cools down, put it in a spray bottle or a plastic travel bottle.
Apply liberally to the body.
8 sprays of magnesium oil delivers about 100mg of elemental magnesium to the skin.
It can sting and feels somewhat oily/sticky to the touch. If stinging is too much for you, dilute your mixture by adding more water.
If necessary, wait 20 minutes before you rinse the magnesium oil off your body. The majority of the magnesium ions will have been absorbed into the skin by then.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Articles of Interest
- Body Odor
- Calm and Mellow
- Frozen Shoulder
- General Feedback
- Heart Palpitations, Poor Circulation
- Magnesium Foot Soak
- Magnesium Side Effects
- Multiple Cures
- Muscle Cramps
- Raynaud's Disease
- Sore Muscles and Stiff Joints
- Ted's Feedback
- Tooth Abcess
- Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- Where to Buy: Austalia
- Where to Buy: Canada
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/30/2010: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Ten Usa: "Have taken baths using epsom salt, hydrogen peroxide , and baking soda for many years with out a side effect. A guy in our chelation group convinced me to try transdermal Magnesium Chloride after I shower. He did say to wash it off after 20 minutes. I did not. Anyways after a few weeks of this, the area that I had sprayed broke out like the measles. It itched for about a day, but now just looks terrible.
I went this route because of my recent heart arrhythmia, which so far the Cardiologist has yet to address. I figured that I had over done the procedure and my body was telling me to stop.
One word of advice to you young whipper snappers, don't wait until you are 70 to try to recover your health. You too far down the shady side of the mountain to do this. For your best health you need to treat yourself as a diabetic and that's ATS . Control your sugar regardless. As my Russian author says, eat right and you will live 10 years longer, breath right and you will live 20 years longer."
02/07/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "I found a most interesting article today on Magnesium Chloride. Apparently, Mag Chloride is unique to all the other magnesium salts because it has unique cytophilactic activity -- whether used directly on wounds or orally or by injection, Mag Chloride is able to act as an amazing and fast immune tonic and stimulant. Here is a extract from the article:
"Dr.Delbet performed a lot of "in vitro" and "in vivo" experiments with this solution[Mag Chloride] and he became aware that it was good not only for external applications, but it was also a powerful immuno-stimulant if taken by injections or even by mouth. He called this effect "cytophilaxis". In some "in vivo" experiments it was able to increase phagocytosis [white blood cell production] rate up to 300%."
"He credited the immuno-stimulant activity to the solution for this result,and he tested it in some other diptheric patients. All the patients were cured in a very short time (24-48 hours), with no after-effects. As Magnesium Chloride has no direct effect on bacteria (i.e. it is not an antibiotic ), Neveu thought that its action was aspecific, immuno-enhancing, so it could be useful, in the same manner, also against viral diseases. So he began to treat some cases of poliomyelitis, and had the same wonderful results. He was very excited and tried to divulge the therapy, but he ran into a wall of hostility and obstructionism from "Official Medicine". Neither Neveu or Delbet (who was a member of the Academy of Medicine) was able to diffuse Neveu´s extraordinary results. The opposition was total: Professors of Medicine, Medical Peer-Reviews, the Academy itself, all were against the two doctors."Official Medicine" saw in Magnesium Chloride Therapy a threat to its new and growing business: vaccinations.
Dr.Neveu wasn´t discouraged by this and continued to test this therapy in a wide range of diseases. He obtained very good results in: pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, asthma, bronchitis, broncho-pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema, "children diseases" (whooping-cough, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever...), alimentary and professional poisonings, gastroenteritis, boils, abscesses, erysipelas, whitlow, septic pricks (wounds), puerperal fever and osteomyelitis.
But the indications for Magnesium Chloride therapy don´t end here. In more recent years other physicians (and I among these) have verified many of Delbet´s and Neveu´s applications and have tried the therapy in other pathologies: asthmatic acute attack, shock, tetanus (for these the solution is administered by intravenous injection); herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, spring-asthenia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (even in cancer it can be an useful adjuvant)."
You can find the article here, and its well worth a read because it gives specific working oral concentrations and dosages as well as injection doses for Mag Chloride:
02/09/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi The_phoenix...Thanks so much for all your supporting evidence on MgCl. My own deeper research into MgCl was triggered when I noticed, from looking at many of Ted's remedies on this site, that he regularly recommends Mag Chloride for so many apparently unrelated ailments. And from what I can understand about Ted's remedies, simple body-friendly chemicals like Magnesium Chloride, Iodine, Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide as well as the likes of Aspirin, L-Lysine, betaine hydrochloride, protease enzymes etc. all seem to be our prime defense against many conditions of ill-health and disease.
My fascination with MgCl was hugely increased from the above article, where I discovered that, amongst all its other myriad of health uses, Mag Chloride can help or cure a large number of dangerous viral and bacterial diseases on its own. I was never aware of this until recently.
I also wonder why Mag Chloride is so much more effective than all the other magnesium salts. Perhaps it is the Chloride part of this molecule that gives a different and more advantageous structure, or maybe the way MgCl is absorbed and gets changed by ingestion or by transdermal absorbtion. This is a bit of a deep biological/chemical question which I cannot answer. It would be wonderful if Ted could explain this."
03/26/2012: Julie from San Luis Obispo, Ca replies: "Here may be a partial answer to your question. Heard a guy talking online about magnesium oil and detox. He was acknowledging how life began in the sea. The basic chemical composition of the blood is identical to sea water with the same elements and appear in the same proportions. So magnesium in the ocean takes the form of magnesium chloride which means that that's the form that our cells would recognize and accept. He went on to talk about how this is part of what makes mineral springs so healthy and why animals love to roll around in the mud :) Makes sense."
[YEA] 08/06/2009: Lilly from Nyc, Ny: "Hello, my posting is regarding Magnesium Oil. I have purchased Magnesium Chloride and have been making the oil at home. I just make a mix of 50% reverse osmosis water and 50% Magnesium flakes. I use room temperature water, not hot. It usually takes a few minutes for it to dilute completely. I have been drinking 1/8 teaspoon (tiny amount) in a big glass of water. Also, I have noticed that, when I apply it directly in my underarms, it makes body odor go away in a matter of minutes. It stings lightly for a little bit, but it really works for me. I have to use it for a longer time and experiment as far as how often I need to use it for this purpose. One more thing that I have been doing is rubbing a tiny amount of the oil on my feet every night, so far, I have not noticed any major calming effects or even much better sleep (I have trouble falling asleep, it takes me a long time), but I wake up a bit more relaxed and my feet are soft. I just hope I am not overdoing, or throwing anything out of balance. Any thoughts would be appreciated it. Thanks!"Replies
08/30/2010: Billy Bee from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada replies: "I noticed that magnesium oil helped in eliminating body odor as well. Don't worry about applying too much, the beauty of transdermal therapy is that the body only absorbs what it needs. It's one of the beautiful design features of the human body."
[YEA] 08/05/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "Got my magnesium chloride flakes Monday afternoon, immediately made up my first batch of magnesium oil following Jane's recommendation for 50% flakes/50% boiling water, let it cool, and applied it to chest, arms, legs and feet. Stinging sensation when I apply it reminds me of red jellyfish stings, which I used to get swimming on Long Island Sound during my childhood!
Love it, love it, love it. 30 minutes after applying it, a fantastic feeling of calm sets in. Mellow as can be. I am not as affected by the hot and humid Georgia weather outside.. Find it easier to walk in this humidity. Lungs and heart feel great. This stuff is the cat's meow!
Can taste the magnesium chloride in my mouth sometimes, mostly at night. Like turmeric, makes me somewhat dehydrated. I have been reapplying a few times a day and plan to keep it up for a while."Replies
08/06/2009: Deirdre from Atl, Ga replies: "Magnesium Oil Update: I applied (or rather slathered) magnesium oil to most of my body for 3 days, twice a day, but last night I felt I had enough magnesium in my body and stopped applying the oil. When I first started the therapy I felt I couldn't apply enough magnesium! My body was just eating it up. But amazing after just 2 days my body feels fully saturated. From my research, I was under the impression that I would be applying oil for a couple months before my body got up to speed with the magnesium, but apparently that is not the case. I still very, very relaxed. Curious to see how long the magnesium stays in my system before I feel the need to apply it again. Very interesting!
P.S. Those two 7 pound bags of magnesium chloride flakes that I bought are going to last me a couple of years! I certainly did not need to order so much. The 1/2 cup of solution that I made will last about 2 weeks, at least!"
08/19/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA replies: "Magnesium Oil update:
It takes exactly 20 minutes once I apply the magnesium oil to feel the calm effect in my head. Takes the same amount of time to relax any sore muscles. I have been leaving it on 20 minutes and then showering it off.
Okay, here's one of the best things about the magnesium oil beside the calming effect-- it causes the skin to glow and become unbelievably soft. I started to put it on my face, first to see if it would relax the tension in my jaw (it does), and then to see what effect it would have. Quite amazing. Looks like I've just had an expensive facial... that's the glow you get from it. My nails are not as brittle and have been growing like gangbusters. I have to trim them every few days.
Since I bought enough magnesium chloride flakes to last for a decade (see my other posts), I have been giving it away to friends at karate. One friend has told me that he wakes up in the morning with lose muscles if he applies the oil the night before. This is fantastic because my friend is a personal trainer and also trains very hard as an international karate competitor. Another friend who has been applying the oil absolutely loves the glow it gives her skin. She never misses a day!
I imagine the skin product manufacturing companies will be all over this if more people report back about the glowing skin effect. Hopefully they won't feel it threatens their business and try banning magnesium oil!
I have possible (as in not sure yet) side effects to report, but will do that in a separate post later today."
09/11/2009: Deirdre from Earth Clinic replies: "Thanks to Rena for reminding me to send in an update about possible side effects. I was waiting a while to make sure it absolutely wasn't the magnesium.
I started getting lower back pain a few weeks ago and thought that my kidneys were detoxing from the magnesium! I know, I know, most people would think a muscle strain, but I thought of kidneys first because I never get lower back pain! Ha ha. Never say never. Turns out I strained my lower back after doing some core training exercises with an 8 pound medicine ball! The magnesium oil definitely helps the muscle pain as does hanging upside down on the inversion board.
More magnesium oil updates:
I have started to soak my feet in magnesium oil a few times a week. A friend of mine in Los Angeles turned me on to this technique. This is a great technique for those who can't stand having the oil slathered all over them. I do small amounts of magnesium oil at a time since it's just the bottom of the feet you want the oil to reach.
I use a small-ish rectangular pyrex baking dish that fits boths feet (lengthwise) and add 1/4 cup magnesium chloride flakes and 1/4 boiling water. I also lay a small wet towel beside the dish so I don't get oil all over the floor after I am done soaking.
After the mixture cools down slightly, I put my feet in the dish and wait for at least 30 minutes.. I find that soaking my feet when working at the computer is the easiest. What's amazing is that I can feel the magnesium (heat? energy?) moving up my legs after about 10 minutes of soaking. I do feel the calming effects faster when I put the magnesium oil on my face and neck, however, but the foot soak works well too.
On the face: sometimes the magnesium oil makes my face slightly red and sometimes it doesn't. I don't know why. I slather a good moisturizer on afterwards because it tends to dry out my skin a bit. People who are trying it on the face for the first time should proceed carefully and wash it off if they feel it burning. Probably not a good idea to try magnesium oil on the face if you've been out or are planning to go out in the sun.
I've also discovered Magnesium oil is fantastic for eye fatigue. I massage a little in around the temples and then dab it on my eyelids. Do not apply it underneath your eyes! Ouch!! I've accidentally gotten some in my eyes, but washed it out with cold water and was fine.
One last thing: I think magnesium oil should be stored in a glass container. I worry a little bit about the chemicals from plastic containers leaking into the oil. I have been keeping mine in a glass mug covered with saran wrap until I can locate glass spray bottles. It may not leak, but just in case, better to be on the safe side.
That's it for now! Thanks for reading..."
11/22/2009: Diana from Northland, New Zealand replies: "I also noticed after applying Magnesium Chloride to my face that it really stung and went bright red like bad sunburn. It was really burning, so I applied milk to neutralise it which worked and my face went back to a normal colour within an hour. I had been putting it on my face everyday without this happening, so I am unsure why it decided to burn that time. Unless I had put something on my face prior? I can't remember. But I am very cautious about putting it on my face now."
[YEA] 01/25/2013: Laniet from San Leandro, Ca, USA: "First, thank you SO much for this great site! I have found wonderful information, but probably the BEST is my recent discovery of transdermal magnesium.
I have been suffering with frozen shoulder for two years, this coming May. The regular doctors just told me to do my pt exercises and if it didn't get better, I could get a cortisone shot or perhaps surgery. I haven't been back. They gave me ibuprofin and I was taking it a lot but started to worry about liver overload and other effects.
This FS condition has severely impacted my life in so many ways! I was gettting so sick of the constant pain and sleepless nights. I found "Frozen Shoulder Friends" page on Facebook and it has been a lifesaver--just to connect with other people suffering with this. (I recommend other FS sufferers to check it out--great group of folks with lots of humor which helps when you are in agonizing pain.)
A few days ago, I read up on transdermal magnesium here. I then scooted down to my local health food store and purchased a bottle. I came home and began applying it, massaging it into my shoulder and then to my arms, legs, and feet.
I WAS ASTONISHED BY THE IMMEDIATE RESULTS! ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHED.
First, I am a chronic insomniac and had the best sleep I've had in YEARS (even before this Frozen Shoulder s****.
Second! Within an hour or so, my Frozen Shoulder went from OW OW OW! To mildly achey. I could NOT believe it. My range of motion (before I hit the pain mark) increased a good 12 inches upward.
I have rabidly devoured any information on the internet about transdermal magnesium therapy and there is a LOT of information out there. This is GOOD STUFF.
I shared with my fellow Facebook sufferers. There were some who, naturally, scoffed. (I would too--I am skeptical of such miracle cures myself.) But one women in England went out and bought a bottle right away and SHE IS HAVING THE SAME BENEFITS!
I can't say enough about this therapy except it WORKS. I am totally sold on its benefits and wonder why doctors aren't prescribing this, both for my condition--and so many others!
Thank you SO much, earthclinic. You have literally changed my life. I love you!"Replies
01/26/2013: Little Wing from Boston, Ma replies: "hurray for you!! - magnesium changed my shoulders as well, almost as quickly. I know I've posted on here before about it - the pain in the middle of the night, not sleeping - it truly is a miracle cure and could help so many. I hope many others find this site and can benefit from magnesium in other parts of their life. My boyfriend used it on his heel spurs, fixed them too. He was a total skeptic until then. It's awesome stuff!!"
11/22/2013: Denise from Seattle, Wa: "Does anyone know if they sell magnesium patches anywhere. I have surfed the web and can't come up with one. Thanks. Seems to me one could get a better delivery of magnesium as I have some absorbtion problems..I have tried the ancient minerals magnesium oil but it burns my skin."Replies
11/23/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Denise: Raw cocoa powder has a lot of magnesium and has been fermented, improving absorption. Organic buckwheat flour is high in magnesium. Fermenting this with water kefir grains improves digestion. I take both. Minerals play together in concert. Please try to get minerals from whole foods because the cofactors and micronutrients enhance effectiveness. Thank you."
11/23/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Denise, why not try soaking in a bath with magnesium chloride and/or magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts)? The magnesium is then absorbed transdermally."
11/25/2013: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "My friend uses Magnesium Lotion instead of Oil for the same reason as yours. Its more comfortable to use, it does not burn.
Have you tried taking Mg Glycinate capsules as well ? These ones does not have the unwanted gastric side effects of the more common Mg Oxide."
02/26/2011: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa: "Hi U Good People Doin, , , , , ,
Bill Munro sent us to school on Oxygen Therapy and I have been inhaling Hydrogen Peroxide for several years and no longer do flu vaccines , but I no longer have colds nor the flu.
About a year ago my right knee began to give me pain and I went to the top Orthopedic Surgeon in Chattanooga, Tn. He said I had a slight bit of arthritis and gave me a cortisone shot and sent me on my way. That lasted about two weeks.
I learned of Prolotherapy, and had 5 treatments in Nashville to little avail. My right knee still gave me fits when I walked down the stairs. I finally gave up and started treating the ailment myself. First I put liniment on my knee and then added DMSO to take in. That helped, but was not the solution. Then I started spraying my knee with Hydrogen Peroxide. I have been doing this for three weeks and I now have no pain with my right knee. It's too early to say that this is the solution.
What folks need to understand is a subject known as transdermal thearpy. Anything you put on your skin goes into your body. I can not ingest Magnesium , but I can spray Magnesium Chloride on my body and receive the same benefit without diarrhea. In my EDTA Chelation group is a good number of the people who got loaded with lead because they were mechanics and washed car parts in leaded gasoline. You use a deodorant that contains Aluminum and that heavy metal is going straight to your brain. That's just the way it is.
I don't offer this story as a solution, but just to make you think. What goes on your skin is into your body for good or bad.
10/13/2010: Jenny from Jerusalem, Israel: "Itchiness from Transdermal Magnesium Therapy : I tried magnesium oil (ingredients Mag. Chloride and distilled water) on my forearms, twice. Both times my skin itched as soon as I applied it, but it lessened after a while. Does this happen to others? Is it a sign of anything? Thanks."
EC: Hi Jenny,
Yes, itchiness and a slight sting are very common for the first minute or two after applying the oil. However, the more water you add to the magnesium chloride crystals, the less it will itch or sting.
11/21/2010: Jenny from Jerusalem, Israel replies: "I've been using the magnesium oil on and off for about 6 weeks and it no longer itches when I apply it. Does that mean that my mag. levels are no longer low, or have I just gotten used to it? Has anyone else had the itchiness/stinging go away for using it for a while?"
11/21/2010: Hope from Sacramento, California replies: "Yes, I have found that since drinking a liter of water with a 3mg capsule of boron chelate in it, throughout the day, I now have much less itching and stinging upon the application of magnesium oil. I have read that Boron aids in the proper metabolism of vitamins and minerals involved with bone development, such as calcium, copper, magnesium. It appears that because my body is now better able to assimilate the magnesium, the side effects no longer affect me."
12/22/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa replies: "When I apply MgCl oil to my body I follow with applying VCO also, and it feels very good, no itching or dryness, it really helps me relax, and rest good at night."
09/23/2010: Blanche from New Iberia, Loluisiana: "I was reading about magnesium oil that is absorbed through the skin. Does anyone know whether using epsom salts would have the same therapeutic results?"
11/10/2009: Dr R.k.khatri from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: "Dear Sir,
Can I use magnesium sulfate in place of magnesium chloride for thansdermal magnesium therapy?
11/10/2009: Alain from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada replies: "Answer to Dr R.k.khatri about the transdermal use of Magnesium Sulfate (ES)
Any time one uses Epsom Salt in baths or as compressed is to use Magnesium Sulfate transdermally.
Studies show these benefits from the major components of Epsom Salt may:
* Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
* Help muscles and nerves function properly
* Regulate activity of 325 enzymes
* Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
* Make insulin more effective
* Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
* Improve oxygen use
* Flush toxins
* Improve absorption of nutrients
* Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
* Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
Health usage tips
* For compresses: Use 2 cups of Epsom Salt per gallon of water for sore muscles, bug bites and splinter removal.
* For soaking: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub. Double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub. Popular for easing muscle pain and fading bruises. Bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.
* Foot bath: Add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water as a popular balm for aching feet.
* Laxative: Consult the package directions for instructions.
If you search for Magnesium Sulfate Paste you will see it is made with glycerin and Epsom Salt It is used as an agent for dehydrating (drawing) boils, carbuncles, and abscesses. ( http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-boils.htm)
Look at these addresses for other ways to use externally Epsom Salts:
Search also the web for Epsom Salt H2O2 baths
04/30/2012: Dg from Texarkana, Tx, Usa replies: "I have read that mag sulphate is rapidly excreted by the kidneys whereas mag chloride hangs around much longer. Also, I learned that the chloride reserves of the body can be bolstered by preferentially using magnesium chloride."
10/28/2009: Dennis from Seattle, Wa: "I'm trying magnesium chloride/distilled water for stiffness and lack of flexibility in legs/hips. Pitting edema is present. Salt is a problem with edema. Do you think the transdermal method with magnesium chloride would not be harmful to aggravation of the edema and still ease the muscle tissue stiffness and tension?"Replies
05/16/2014: Anne from Vancouver, CA replies: "Dennis, I have been using transdermal magnesium therapy for three weeks and have not noticed any swelling or edema at all. It will relax all your muscles and tissues so that muscle elongation and function is improved. You will be amazed at the feeling of muscle relaxation that ensues if you rub magnesium oil into the soles of your feet at bedtime, or if you take a hot footbath with 2 ounces of magnesium oil in the water. I have examined my ankles where swelling is most likely to occur and have noticed none. Hope this helps.
Although it is a form of magnesium, Epsom salt contains sulfates that differ from magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride gives much more therapeutic effect than Epsom salts (although adding both to your bath is wonderful). Although Epsom salt has its own therapeutic benefits, if you want the full benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy, you must use magnesium chloride."
[YEA] 08/23/2009: Dorthy from Vancouver, BC: "I have been applying magnesium oil to my chest once a day for heart palpitations.I haven't had any palpitation since the day I started. I also noticed one day that my palms and fingers were turning pink after applying the oil. I usually wash the oil off my hands right after application. But since I suffer from cold hands and feet, I decided to leave the magnesium on my hands for a good 10 minutes. The improvement in circulation to that area has been astounding! It only lasts about 12 hours before I need to do it again, but I am very pleased with the results so far."Replies
09/25/2011: Alex from Miami, Florida replies: "Hi dilute the oil and for increasde circulation, add some drops of quality hot cayenne mixed or a formula of contaning cayenne or habaneros etc.."
10/24/2010: Richard from Menlo, Iowa: "I've been doing a foot soak for the last couple of days hoping to get some relief for muscle spasms. Can anyone give me and idea how long it takes to replenish a magnesium deficiency? Thanks Richard"Replies
10/24/2010: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Richard -
The fastest way to up your magnesium is to take a supplement. Take a 400mg Magnesium Citrate every day. If you don't want to take a pill... You can always take a good dose of Milk of Magnesia (MOM) and back off from the dose when you have loose stools (diharreah) sorry, never could spell that word. ;-)
Aside from that, take a bath, and soak in a tub with the MG (follow directions on the pkg). Soaking your feet is all good, but if it isn't sufficient if you are having body cramping from lack of it. Another thing, make sure you are not depleting your potassium. Eat a bananna and drink a glass of tomato and / or orange juice every day. If you are low on any of the essential minerals / electrolytes it can really mess you up. It is hard to tell what is missing at times, which is why having a very well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and veggies is so very important. Good luck. Carly"
11/29/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "And don't forget you need B6 to utilize magnesium properly. So keep your B vitamins up there during any effort to revitalise health."
11/16/2012: Roger from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "Carly from Seattle, you are missing transdermal magnesium and the whole point of transdermal. You mentioned that if you take too much orally that you will get diahrea. That does not happen with transdermal. And many people can never take enough orally to compensate for magnesium deficiency."
05/16/2014: Anne from Vancouver, CA replies: "Richard, Dr. Marc Sircus recommends rubbing magnesium oil all over your body every day for about two months in order to heal chronic problems. For a case of muscle spasm, I would recommend rubbing the oil onto the site of the muscle spasm itself every morning and evening. Many people report immediate relief using this method, but it may take up to two months of continuous application to experience full therapeutic benefits.
Dr. Marc Sircus says to go ahead and reuse the magnesium water you use for footbaths. I don't worry about toxins being released from the skin outward to the water, if this is possible, because the magnesium oil counters such toxins anyway. I take a deep footbath in a regular dish bucket so that the water covers my ankles. The effect is transcendent and hard to describe. I guess the word would be heavenly."
09/30/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA: "I have been searching for the link to find out how to make Magnesium foot soak, merryanne"
EC: You will need magnesium chloride flakes (sources posted at the top of the transdermal magnesium therapy page).
Add 1 cup of magnesium chloride flakes to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to dissolve and cool slightly, then pour into a pyrex casserole dish (one that will fit both feet). You need just enough liquid to soak the bottom of your feet. It's not much at all. Soak feet for at least 20 minutes.
Good idea to have a damp towel next to you to wipe solution off feet before you walk around when finished!
See the feedback posts on this page for more info.
[WARNING!] 08/13/2009: Karl from St. Louis, USA: "Important point on Magnesium therapy. Magnesium must be taken with balancing minerals otherwise from my understanding it can have some bad side effects. A doctor told me it can just act as a pain blocker and, for those with arthritis it can INCREASE arthritis (speed it up) bigtime by building up calcium deposits."Replies
08/14/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I had an inoperable brain tumor case where there is calcium shells protecting the cancer tumor. The magnesium displaces the calcium and normalizes the tissue calcium when the magnesium was taken. The worsening of arthritis that I have found that increases the calcium deposits turns out to be the use of Celebrex and Vioxx, that actually worsens or deteriorates the joints. In sceintific terms, Celebrex only inhibits COX-2, which reduces the pain, but leaves the prime cause of the arthritis, which is an arachidonic acid available to convert to a joint destroying LTB4 by the lipoxygenase pathway. FDA has written to both Vioxx and Celebrex about this issue, but to date, most people don't know about it.
As to the issue of Magnesium the arachidonic acid is reduced following magnesium supplementation,which leads to reduction in arthritis problem. The whole issue appears to be excessive calcium intake that leads to deposition in calcium as well as acid forming foods which leeches out calcium from the bones into the tissue itself. Hence I used magnesium to apply to arthritic areas to reduce arachidonic acid which is what causes arthritis.
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/20/2011: Amberdim6 from Yakima, Wa replies: "I seem to have all the signs of a magnesium deficiency, migraines, cold hands and feet, muscle spasms and cramps, irregular hearbeat, kidney pain, anxiety attacks, etc. I try to use magnisium oil but if I put more than one drop on my feet I get very bad side effects, my pulse races out of control, I get all sweaty, my whole body throbs. I can't believe that I am overdosing on so little an amount, is there any reason for this? I don't eat dairy products so is my calcium ratio out of balance. If anyone has some insight on what might be causing this and anything I can do to figure this out, I would greatly appreciate it."
06/30/2011: Tish from Candia, Nh Usa replies: "All the symptoms you describe are Lyme disease. You need a Western Blot blood test submitted to IGenX lab in Palo Alto, California. You also need a CD57 blood test to test your immune system. The norm is 200. My immune system tested at below 20 so it is also a confirmation of severe illness. You need to find a Lyme literate doctor.
Your severe reaction to the magnesium might be because it was helping your system attack the Lyme and other possible co-infections. Good luck!"
06/01/2012: Ali from Wales, Uk replies: "Any intense reaction to any vitamin, mineral or trace element is very likely due to severe deficiency. The worse the deficiency the stronger the reaction in my experience.
If you don't react then you probably don't need the element....."
06/12/2012: Moises from New York, Ny replies: "Topical use of magnesium is effective for me in reducing and eliminating nighttime muscle cramps, predominantly in my legs. Unfortunately, I get diarrhea from all but the tiniest of doses. I also get diarrhea from Epsom Salt baths.
I know that diarrhea from oral ingestion of magnesium is well documented. I do not see much written, however, about diarrhea from transdermal application."
11/16/2012: Roger from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "If I take too much transdermal magnesium, then I get too much "energy", something that happens to me with pranayama, inverted yoga poses, too much Tai Chi, and a few other things. This is when I discovered that magnesium therapy is not just about magnesium deficiency. If anyone else has this problem, I sure want to hear about it. It is probably the result of my doing LSD in the late 1960's, which messed up finer matter in my chakras. Consequently, I try to limit my usage (not my thing to limit my enthusiasm for something that works)."
05/16/2014: Anne from Vancouver, CA replies: "Karl, your doctor is misinformed. In fact, transdermal magnesium chloride dissolves and negates calcium deposits, which are the cause of so many diseases including heart disease. It does not increase calcium intake, it is, in fact, just the opposite, it mediates the harmful effects of calcium overload."