Last Modified on Feb 03, 2015
Considered both a medicine and a dye, methylene blue has a variety of medicinal applications. The first synthetic drug created, methylene blue originally served as an effective malaria treatment. While still used as a malaria treatment today, the applications now extend far beyond this singular use to include a wide array of purposes.
What is Methylene Blue?
Known as a heterocyclic aromatic chemical compound, methylene blue possesses a unique molecular formula that situates it well as an effective medicinal treatment. The compound appears as a solid, odorless, dark green powder when held at room temperature. However, when mixed with water, the green powder dissolves and yields a characteristic blue solution.
With this characteristic color, the compound is often used in medicinal practices to perform medical tests and surgeries as it colors the bodily fluids and tissues, making them easy to see.
Methylene blues is also considered a form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a substance that transports oxygen and distributes it to the tissues and organs. As methylene blue functions in much the same way as hemoglobin, it is effective for treating a wide range of conditions.
Health Benefits of Methylene Blue
Used as both a dye and a medicinal treatment, methylene blue possesses a wide range of effective applications. The compound is considered a mild antiseptic, so it can be used to kill bacteria in the body, particularly in conjunction with other treatments. These and other properties make it an effective treatment for a variety of other conditions as well.
Methylene blue is often used as a treatment for urinary tract infections and other mild infections in conjunction with other treatments. Additionally, the compound can be used to treat malaria, cancer, skin conditions including psoriasis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cyanide as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also used as a treatment for parasites, swine flu, and Parkinson’s disease.
While several applications for the treatment have already been identified, it is likely that continued research will reveal more applications for methylene blue. In any case, care must be taken when using the treatment to prevent interactions and adverse effects associated with overconsumption.
[YEA] UPDATE; Four months of Methylene Blue.
It has no effect on chronic fatigue - doesn't give me any energy; also doesn't keep me up at night if I take it right before bed.
There are two areas where it seems to have worked magic: Cysts and Anxiety; as well as other benefits for insomnia and problem solving.
It did clear up my long term liver/kidney/diaphram/intestinal cysts, and for that, I am very grateful. I stopped taking it for about a week, and the pain radiating from what used to be the most painful cyst began to return, so I am sure this is what fixed them, although I have no idea why it came back and whether to continue taking MB indefinitely.
Anxiety: There's something about MB that fixes my generalized anxiety. It's fairly miraculous in that regard. I did not take it for anxiety, but I notice an improvement (almost total resolution) when I take it. As a result, don't need xanax. Again not sure whether it is safe to take indefinitely for anxiety.
Along with the reduced anxiety, it helps me to focus more on problem solving. Not a complete resolution but a definite improvement. I have chronic fatigue related brain fog, and it definitely gives a boost in that department so I can see why it is being used successfully in Alzheimer's patients.
I think I am sleeping better -- deeper sleep, not getting up so much in the middle of the night, because of the MB, which is huge because I've lived through 25 years of insomnia. Used to take RX sleeping pills of various kinds (4-5 days per week) but not taking them anymore.
When I first started the MB in Feb 2013, I experienced significant tingling in my head (felt like brain buzzing). I was taking several milligrams of melatonin per night, and drinking coffee during the day. Both of those were a problem while taking MB but now, after a few months, I am able to drink a regular cup of coffee now and then with no adverse reactions. I also take a much lower dose (1. 5 mg) melatonin with no side effects. For some reason, tea creates no problems.
MB had no effect on yeast/candida, herpes related virus, or fungal infections.
Other than occassional "brain buzzing", I think MB may have a negative effect on vision (blurrier, esp at higher doses). It MAY have a positive effect on acne but I've been taking a skin/nail/hair formula as well and think it is because of that that my acne has improved.
I am taking 3-5 drops of 0.1% per day.
Perhaps E.C cross post this to Anxiety/panic attacks; and intestinal cysts.
EC: Bennie's latest update has been cross posted from her thread in the Q&A section on the Methylene Blue page here: http://earthclinic.com/remedies/methylene-blue_questions.html#Question_4567.
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