Last Modified on May 03, 2016
What is Iodine?
Iodine is one of earth's elements, part of the halogen group and a purple liquid at room temperature. It is also a common first aid treatment for cuts and to make water potable. Furthermore, it is a health supplement commonly found added to table salt in order to prevent iodine deficiency, which can result in goiter, developmental delays, and other health ailments. Iodine is also to be found in certain medical supplements.
However, supplemental iodine is most popularly taken in the form of Lugol's Iodine, a liquid solution of iodine and potassium iodide (KI). If your mother ever painted one of your wounds with iodine (or when you gave blood), it was most likely Lugol's Iodine applied to your skin in order to prevent infection. Various concentrations of Lugol's Iodine exist (1%, 2%, and 5% iodine solutions with a larger part of potassium iodide in water). While generally safe for application and consumption in proper doses, iodine can irritate soft tissues such as in the throat and stomach. Iodine will also stain skin and fabrics.
Lugol's Iodine for Thyroid and Other Health Issues
Goiter is the classic health ailment treated with Iodine, along with other thyroid issues such as Grave's Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - cautiously in the latter case. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroid conditions are said to benefit from supplemental iodine at very different dosages. With Lugol's Iodine, the standard supplemental treatment is to "paint" a 2-inch square patch of skin with the iodine solution and allow it to be absorbed into the skin. You can reapply once the stain has disappeared.
Remedies for Lugol's Iodine
The Popularity of Lugol's Iodine Remedies - Full List
I am happy to say that I have had fantastic results with using The Lugol's Iodine for my acid reflux. I have suffered for years with this ailment and I have had so many prescriptions and special diet restrictions. I can't believe all this time I have been iodine deficient and that was the cause. I took a few drops a day and slowly built up my dose, taking a few days off here and there. After a couple of weeks I realized I was doing better and about a month later I haven't had any problems with my stomach at all. I have had problems with stomach aches since I was a child. This is revolutionary for me. I am telling absolutely everyone about it!
Hi, I'm a Chiropractor of over 22 years. I want to add a cure that I got from reading Dr. Donsbach, D.C.
My wife and I found as we got older that we were both starting to have digestive problems and really bad acid reflux at nite. The wholist concept is acid reflux is due to NOT ENOUGH acid! You can confirm if this is the case by taking a tablespoon of ACV when you are getting it, if it stops it, then you are LOW in acid.
The next step in the wholistic approach is to take digestive enzymes and HCl to substitute for the low acid. I always thought this isn't getting to the root problem of WHY isn't the body producing enough acid anymore. This is where Dr Donsbach came in.
He discussed that the body needs IODINE to produce the stomach acid. That made sense in that since becoming a Vegetarian, I don't get much seafood and I keep my salt intake down.
So I ordered Lugol's Solution from Amazon and began taking 2 drops a day in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, monday through friday with the weekend off. My wife did the same. Sure enough within a few weeks my digestion is back to where it was as a teenager, and acid reflux is gone! My wife had the same results as well as a friend that tried it.
If you go to take the iodine, first make sure you aren't allergic. I think a drop on the inside of the wrist or arm and see if it gets swollen or itchy, is a good test. After that, if no reaction, then you can start with one drop in water and see how that effects you. If you have no problems then you can proceed to the 2 drops.
I've been trying to get this information out there, because when people take antacids and medicines that decrease acid production in the stomach, it greatly limits the bodies ability to digest the food,and starts a process that ends up greatly harming your health.
If the word can get out about this cure, it will help millions to improve their health for less than a penny a day and prevent them from ruining their health as they are trying to help it.
Good luck and please write your feedback here so others can see.
Best wishes for health and happiness,
David from H.B.
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Posted by Doc Sheila (Toronto, Canada) on 08/09/2009
Dry Mouth Dry Eye cures
I use potassium iodide :Lugol's solution for all dryness in the body, vaginal dryness,dry eyes, dry nose,dry mouth.
It is excellent as anti septic, anti biotic ati viral etc
3 drops 1-3% lugol's in juice or water 2x/daily
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Posted by Angela (New York, US) on 05/26/2014
Re: Lugol Iodine for Celiac. I have a question for Lugol Iodine. I was reading really good reviews on earth clinic and I like to try it. I am gluten and dairy intolerance. I have low energy and feel dizzy sometimes. My hair is very dry and I also have eczema. Please advice that should I take it or not and if you have any link to buy lugol iodine, please post that too. Thank you so much
EC: You may find some helpful information in this article about Lugol's.
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Posted by Cindy (Shady Cove, OR)
I use Lugol's iodine anytime I am getting a cold. I was a chronic user of antibiotics because of asthma. I have not had a bout with bronchitis because anytime i am getting a cold or virus I put 6 drops of Lugol's in water 3 times over a 24 hour period and the infection is gone. I actually have one day colds now. I follow up with acidophilus for my stomach and milk thistle for my liver. This really works and probably will work for Bird flu if you keep a supply in your cupboard.
Posted by Jolole (Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia) on 07/11/2013
I have researched for hours the information re iodine benefits and also checked the contributions on earthclinic site where I found the conversion table for the various strength of Lugols iodine in mgs. I bought online a bottle of Lugols and the label states as contents: purified water, 10% Iodide, 5% Iodine. The conversion table mentions both 15% and 5% of Lugols, which one do I take to converse to mgs ?? I have started with 1 drop in glas of water daily, but also read that this might take a year to really improve my health. I have used it now for 4 days, have no problems digesting it and wonder how many drops or mgs I can take with this product. Can anyone help out here. Blessings and good health to all.
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Posted by Jacqueline (Devon, Uk) on 09/25/2015
I used to get horrendous ear infections a few years ago. After 3, ineffective, courses of antibiotics and 4 months of near complete deafness, pain and tinnitus, I decided to use my Lugols 7%. that I had used orally a year or so previously.. I got an old eye dropper and cleaned it out with boiling water. I filled it 1/4 full of Lugol's and the rest with the boiled, cool water. I put 3 drops, into the ears 3 times a day for the next 4 days. The pain vanished completely, my hearing returned and the noises went away, never to return.
I got the idea to try this from reading a clinical trial conducted on children in the remore African bush, obviously far from the nearest doctor. They administered the Lugol's neat, and 10 drops a day, but I thought that sounded a bit harsh, so adapted down. They had complete resolution of ear infections, even supporating inner ear infections; they all went away - the trial must still be on the internet somewhere.
Hope this has been helpful. I know that if I ever get a painful ear again, I won't be going to the doctor, I'll sort it myself.
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Posted by Earth Clinic
Here is a remedy that's been around quite a long time. It stops Salmonella poisoning immediately. Also used to treat Giardia. If you have gas and bloating and suspect Salmonella poisoning, here's the recipe:
- 1/2 glass of water.
- Add 6 drops of Lugol's Iodine Solution.
- Stir and drink in entirety.
You will feel better within an hour. Take this 4x a day, after meals and at bedtime, for 3 days in a row, then as needed.
Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 01/06/2015
Hi Bill, I would like to make my own lugol's but am stuck on which grade of pottasium iodide is needed. l have not found any locally so I'm reliant on ebay. The ones I am looking at are all >99% , some as great as 99.5% & 99.9% with prices corresponding to %. At least thats what the sellers say the % are, most are from china & some are AR grade. l would appreciate your oppinion on this. Thanks.
Any tips, recipes from those making theirs would also be appreciated. Thanks
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Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 07/13/2009
Lugol's Aqueous Iodine 5%. I bought from the Trang Hospital with an expiry date, Oct 9th 2009.
1. Can it go off? What happens?
2. After taking it, what are likely side effects/ adverse reactions if any?
3. No distilled water here. Rain water OK?
4. Take the drops before eating or after?
5. How do I tell if cadmium, mercury, fluoride, chlorine etc. have left me?
Posted by Elle_grey (Outer Limits, Usa) on 02/04/2014
Hi- I'm interested in using Lugol's iodine to diminish the appearance of several hypertrophic scars. I've tried other procedures with little to no effect. I'd like some feedback not only on the effectiveness of using Lugol's iodine, but also what I might expect throughout the healing process. Thanks for your help!
Posted by James (Seattle, Washington) on 06/26/2007
Lugo's iodine caused my heart to palpitate (and not in a good way; the bad way). So I thought no more Lugo's. I felt bad because I read the health benefits on this site and others and I could not take even one drop. Then while reasearching fatty acid metabolism I found that you use a lot of vitamin B-1, B-6 and B-12. All the of these B's have heart palpitaions as a sign of their deficiencies. So I took all three. Now I can take Lugo's. Yeah!
Also selenium and zinc deficiencies can cause heart palpatations. So if you can't take iodine because of the heart quivers you might have a deficiency you need to correct first.