Many Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

| Modified on Apr 09, 2023
Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

Epsom salt, discovered in England in the 17th century, is a simple, inexpensive and accessible remedy for many health conditions. Commonly used to relieve sore muscles, constipation or to treat sprained ankles, Epsom salt has numerous other applications.

Epsom salt is also known as “magnesium sulfate.” Its chemical formula is MgSO4, which means it is comprised of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, three essential elements required by the human body.

Epsom salt is classified as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, laxative, and a trace mineral.1

How is Epsom Salt Used?

Transdermal Use

Transdermal means “across the skin.” Epsom salt baths or foot soaks are common ways to use Epsom salt transdermally. The Epsom salt, diluted in water, soaks through your skin while you soak. Some people will even begin to taste the salt in their mouth when they soak in Epsom salt baths.

Oral Use

Epsom salt is also taken by mouth. Constipation is a common reason to take Epsom salt by mouth. Epsom salts are also used orally for gallbladder cleanses. It is an inexpensive way to supplement the body with magnesium.

Intravenous Use

Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) is give by IV in hospitals to treat a number of conditions including seizures, barium poisoning, rapid heartbeat, and brain swelling.

Magnesium Sulfate is given to mothers in preterm labor as a neuroprotectant for their babies.3

It is also give to pregnant women to stop preterm labor.4


Hospitals will sometimes use magnesium sulfate in a nebulizer to deliver it to the lungs to treat patients with asthma.

How Can Epsom Salt Help Me?

Not only is Epsom Salt delivered to the body in a wide variety of ways, it has benefit to a wide range of health problems. Magnesium and Sulfur are two essential minerals needed for countless body functions. Because Epsom salt provides these two minerals to the body, it benefits numerous conditions.

  • Arthritis
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Gout
  • Sciatica
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Gallstones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg Cramps
  • Racing Heart
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Stress
  • Sprains
  • Infections
  • Detox
  • Autism
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Seizures
  • Preterm Labor

If you are new to Epsom salt, perhaps the best place to begin with is an Epsom salt bath. This is a simple and pleasant way to benefit from Epsom salt.

Add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water. Soak in the bath for 15 minutes. Most people will not experience side effects from this amount. In fact, it is common to use as much as 2 cups of Epsom salt in a bath.

If you do not have access to a bathtub, or don't care for baths, an Epsom salt foot soak will also deliver the nutrients to your body.  Add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to a large basin of warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for half an hour. A foot soak will also bring relief to tired and sore feet, athlete's foot, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and ingrown toenails. A foot soak is easy to do after work while you are unwinding from the day.

Where Can I Buy Epsom Salt?

Pharmacies, grocery stores and dollar stores carry Epsom salt. Do make sure that the only ingredient in the package is magnesium sulfate. Sometimes Epsom salt is packaged as a single use bath additive which also contain essential oils or other ingredients. Epsom salt products with added ingredients should never be used internally.

Epsom Salt Side Effects

Epsom salt is used as a laxative, so naturally, more Epsom salt than your body needs can give you loose stools. Oral doses are more likely to cause loose stools, though in sensitive people, an Epsom salt bath can cause the same effect.

Other side effects from Epsom salt include dizziness, low blood pressure, nausea, and hives.

To reduce your risk of side effects, start with a smaller dose and increase the amount you use slowly if needed. If you do get loose stools, cut back on the amount you take until you are relieving yourself at a comfortable rate.

Have you use Epsom Salt as a home remedy? Did you use it in a bath or take it orally? Please send us some feedback!

Continue reading to see how our readers have used Epsom salt to improve their health.



Aches and Pains

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Posted by Beth (Costa Mesa, Ca, Usa) on 12/12/2010

I have very tense neck and shoulders and was recommended to take an epsom salt bath. I went and had a deep tissue massage and then came home and soaked in an epsom salt bath for a half hour. The next evening I felt achy and with a fever and then proceeded with diareha. The symptoms only lasted for 2 to 3 days. Could this be the absorbtion of the epsom salts into my system or was this just a mild bug? Any ideas?

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Usa)

Beth from USA; I believe thats called cleansing the whole body, try it more often, body functions happen like that when it needs cleaning just like a house. ;o) keep up the good work. Good luck

Replied by Nessoregon
(Gp, Oregon)

I have had this happen too. I was told after my massage to drink lots of water, as the muscles release toxins that need to be flushed.

Replied by Cate
(Melbourne, Vic., Australia)

Magnesium, and lots of it. Magnesium in a bath (epsom salts) and liquid mag. in water/juice.

Replied by Sande

Ha, that is the same thing that happened to me. I got a deep tissue massage and all of a sudden my head was fall of mucus but it was clear and I blew through about five Kleenex. The next day I was suppose to start a bar-tending job and man I had fever and diarrhea and all my joints hurt. We were detoxing from the massage and it was all good after that but you are suppose to drink a lot of water after one of those....just saying

Replied by Danielle De Valera

Just one little thing: I'm pretty sure Epsom salts is MgSo4, which means it's Magnesium Sulphate, not Sulphide. Best,


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Posted by Susan (Brisbane, Australia) on 01/19/2008

I have been taking epsom salts all year every morning a few spinkles in my 500m water bottle (room temp water) and my aches and pains have all but disappeared. I remember my grandmother always put epsom salts in her tea each morning just a few sprinkles and she said so she did not get arthritus. Well I have to say I think it works but what I want to know is too much bad for you internally anyone know thanks

Replied by Chieko
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Re article "Epsom Salt Cures" updated 8/20/2012. In the second paragraph the author writes "Very simply epsom salts is the common name for magnesium sulfide... ". That is erroneous. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, MgSO4.

Aches and Pains
Posted by 05/25/2008 (Nowhereville, PA)

If you have menstrual cramps, charley horses, eye twitches or any other kind of muscle cramps or just general aches and pains, try epsom salts baths. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is an excellent source of magnesium, much more bio-available and less expensive than supplements. You can soak in it in the tub, or make a spray from 4oz by weight of epsom salts dissolved in 32 fluid oz of distilled water. Put the epsom salt/water mix in a spray bottle and spray it on after your shower (rub it in like lotion all over). This is a home made version of "magnesium oil" (magnesium chloride), only made with epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) instead. Magnesium from epsom salts is very well absorbed throught the skin and doesn't loosen the bowels like oral magnesium supplements do. If you want to use magnesium chloride to make homemade "magnesium oil", get some unscented magnesium chloride bath salts and proceed as for "magnesium oil" made from epsom salts. Since I started using epsom salts, my skin is no longer dry...due, I think, to the sulfer content of epsom salts. If you feel up-tight, tense, anxious, nervous, crampy, etc., take an epsom salt soak. Exercise, and stress of all kinds, depleats magnesium, which is why an epsom salt soak after a work out or a stressful day is so good for you.

Replied by Mike
(New York)

Completely agree. I make my wife an Epsom salt bath any time she is complaining of cramps or not complaining and just showing the physical pain with some weird expressions on her face. And for the guys that like to Gym and do some lifting, an Epsom salt bath is excellent to help with muscle recovery and ease that stiffness and pain following a serious workout. I got some recipes and health on google, wiki.

Replied by Ash
(London, United Kingdom)


Can you please share with us how much Epsom Salt you use in a Bath and how often you use it? Is it safe to use it every day? My muscles ache after Yoga or stretch exercise.

Many thanks and God Bless,


Replied by Grannycan
(Thrall, Texas, Usa)


I normally use 1 1/2 to 2 Cups per tub of hot water. I think you have to soak for at least 20 minutes for it to absorb through your skin.

Good Luck, Grannycan

Replied by Tim M.
(Tennessee, USA)

Epsom salt works for me at 68 years young and still doing Tae Bo, but on a less intense scale, but I need the Epsom soak to help those achy muscles.

Replied by Timh
2063 posts

T: What method of administration do you use, foot or whole-body bath??

Also, the achy muscles is most times attributed to Lactic Acid Buildup as a byproduct of metabolism. Research Sports Nutrition under that condition and you should find means & ways of reducing this, in addition to your successful Epsom Salts.

Common supplemental amino acids for muscles is BCAA's, Creatine, and Glutamine.


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Posted by Amanda Rene (Anderson, CA) on 10/22/2008

Prepare a bath as directed on the epsom salt container. Do not use ANY soap, bubble bath, etc in this bath. Soak in it for a couple minutes. Then, using a washcloth, scrub the skin for a minute or so. Soak the area in the bath for 20 minutes. Towel dry. Do this daily or every other day.

I found this out accidentally and I was pleasantly surprised to see it had an effect on my rear-end acne. I've been trying to get rid of it for 2 months! Soap and exfoliators seemed to make matters so much worse. After the first two soaks, the skin appeared softer and no longer red and inflamed. The cyst like formations were going away! I've been doing this for a week now and my skin looks and feels so much nicer now. I still have a few bumps but I bet they will be gone in another week. I hope this works as well for others as it did for me!


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Posted by Jill (Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, England) on 07/15/2012

I also have arthritis to the extent that my specialist has recommended a knee replacement. I'm now following the honey/cider vinegar diet and taking three or four hot Epsom salts baths a week. The baths are amazing - I can walk down the stairs after my bath where before the bath I can only take one stair at a time. Epsom salts, honey/cider vinegar vs. Major surgery? No competition! I'm not old - 48 - and my arthritis is advanced but attitude, diet and lifestyle are helping.

Posted by Elle (Concord, New Hampshire) on 04/26/2007

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 11. At 18 (and it a lot of pain) I was given a book on curing arthritis naturally and set about doing it. One of the main proponents of the book was Apple Cider Vinegar. I took a cocktail of 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 teaspoon honey and 8 oz hot water twice a day. Within 2 or 3 weeks the flareups had ceased. It should be noted I also cut back on red meat and citric acids (they are everywhere!) which I discovered were a major trigger for me. And I took epsom salt baths twice a week. When I went back to my dr and had blood tests done my RA factor was down to a 2. (I have no idea what it was before but I am pretty sure 2 is almost nothing!) That was 25 years ago. I still have RA technically but I rarely have a problem with it. The first inkling I get that its sneaking back up on me I go back to the ACV. I still avoid my trigger food which have come to include, believe it or not, green beans. I believe trigger foods are different for everyone - only you can figure out what they are. I have not been on meds or seen a rhumatologist (sp?) in all that time. Thank god for ACV. Only for it I would be a cripple now instead of living the very full life that I do. I have to say that it makes me so mad that there is a very simple cure for RA and the medical world is not out there shouting about it. So many people suffer needlessly with this disease. If you have RA you owe it to yourself to go out there and find out what works for you. Find your triggers, try ACV, read all you can on natural cures. There is no magic pill - but there is a way and its all in your own hands. Goodluck and Good Health. Elle

Replied by Connie
(Manitowoc, Wisconsin)

Do you still take the ACV, or do you just avoid certain trigger foods?

Replied by Kattis
(Auckland , New Zealand)

very awesome email. Sounds like you are doing very well. Its interesting how we have to find all these things out by ourselves and doctors rarely step up the plate. Let us know how you are doing. You are so write with the trigger foods... I have read many a book and because it is different for everyone, I believe it could be related to your blood type. You see it all stems from our ancenstory, what we ate way back when. If you think about it the body takes nealry a thousand years for the smallest adjustment. Obviously we are a relatively young race and our bodies basically have not caught up to the variety of what we are eating. I for example am a B blood type. Chicken gives me cramps as it contains lectins which I cannot handle. If we eat the wrong foods for us our bodies go haywire... Sore aching joints, poor digestion, endless list really. Also yeast which is something Everyone should learn about , because it is lethal to the human body ( in fact I might write an article and you are all welcome to access it ).... Yes that the stuff that lives in your body and if feed sugar (carbs included) or antibiotics have been had in your life... Will cause them to tilter out of balance, where a snowball effect happens. Yeast may not be the exact cause of the disease but it creates a perfect eviroment it. Email me if you would like to know more. I have spent my life reasearching health and earth clinic is so impressive (though now and then I think the formatting could be tweeked to make specific info easier to find etc = ) and love to share anything I have learned by cross checking and researching like anything to figure out answers.

Cold Sores

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Posted by Jean (Franklin, Wi) on 08/18/2009

No idea where I ever got the idea to try this, but it has worked every time for me. When I get a cold sore, I put a crystal of epsom salt on it. It stings for a bit, but within a short period of time the pain is down, a few hours I know its already on the mend, and the next day its usually about 1/2 to 2/3 cleared up. It only needs to be done once.

Replied by Tina
(Sylvania, Ohio, Usa)

Yes, Epsom Salt works for me when it somes to cold sores. I had one developing on my lip, I popped the lump, then held some epsom salt on it twice that day and by the next day the area was flat and healed.

Replied by Mark A.
(Sewll, New Jersey)

Ok, I saw this post and I don't know if I bit my lip (inside), sleeping or if it was a cold sore since I never had one before. It was burning so I put ACV with mother on it for 2 days and it felt the same. I looked at it in the mirror but can't see anything.

So I tried the Epsom salts. I put on 3 or 4 very tiny crystals on the end of my finger and tried to hold it on the spot just before bed. As soon as I put it on the spot it dissappeared and I couldn't see it. They slipped off my finger and went beetween my gum and lip just at the base of my jaw line. When I let my lip go it felt like I had rocks in my mouth. I tried pulling my lip back, flushing it with water, and brushing it with my toothbrush trying to get the salt out. No luck. I rinse again, went on the internet to look for an answer to see if it was harmful, found nothing. I went to bed and figured it would dissolve by morning. Wrong. Now my inside of my lip at the "Site" feels rough when I touch it with my tongue and it still fells like a bunch of rocks only now it is burning at my gumline and numb. Still wondering where the salt went. See nothing. Did it magically melt into my skin and got covered up? Guess I need more help as if anyone knows if this will pass, or perhaps a way of neutralizing the salt. Hot liquids don't "melt" it either. It's been 12 hours since I "applied" the salt to the wound area. Help and please don't try what the above poster posted or you will end up like me. Lol

Replied by Scarlett
(Miami, Florida)

Dear Mark,

It sounds like you were in quite a pickle... It also seems a rather ridiculous story. Epsom Salt can be ingested. It is Magnesium Sulfate. Ever hear of "Milk of Magnesia"? Yes, Epsom Salt, if you read the label on your package, can also be used as a laxative (but this is not to be taken lightly - a very small amount can have a large effect). AND, if you read the label you would not have had to go on the internet to ask about the "harmful" effects etc. Therefore, your story of the "burning" seems quite unreal. My assumption is that there was something else at play. I am sorry for your unfortuante circumstances and I do hope that both the "cold sore" and burning has dissipated.

Replied by Jonathan
(Columbia, Sc)

If you take blistex and them sprinkle espom on top, to me feel like it works even more.


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Posted by Kate (Brisbane, Australia) on 07/16/2015

I have had success with Msm and also chlorine dioxide for my eczema. However, I am floored by the results of putting at least 2 cups of Epsom salts in a hot bath and soaking for 20 to 30 minutes. It stops the itching, and my skin is softer and heals wicker. I seem to need to do it every 1 and a half days, depending on what I eat. Only been doing it for three weeks now. My boyfriend is a herbal doctor from Iran and he is helping me treat liver problems which is the long term solution, no doubt.

Ocean water and sun also help a lot, but this is not practical for me all the time. Watching my diet is hard, so I really need my skin to feel better, and I am amazed at how effective Epsom salts are, after reading about it long ago, but the concentration has to be strong enough i.e., 2 cups at least for a big bath. Good luck!

Replied by Pinetreelady

Ezcema is an internal problem, usually caused by the ingestion of gluten and/or casein. Eliminate the culprit and the eczema will go away, in most cases.

Posted by Esther (Tacoma , Washington) on 07/15/2009

My son just arrived last week from San Diego with my 3 yrs old grandson who is in a terrible state with eczema. They are spending a fortune on Dr. and Ointments. I took my little grandson and put him into Epsom Salts baths for the past four days and the bleeding has stopped he is not scratching and it is drying out. I remembered that people came from all over the world to Israel for the salts baths at the dead sea so I applied what I learned from living in Israel and it is working. At first it hurt him but after a minute he was fine with the salt water. Try it. Esther Golden Pavek.

Replied by Max
(Kent, UK)

Esther, what a wise piece of advice for your grandchild's Eczema. Can you tell me what measure of Epsom Salts you used please?

Replied by Connie
(Manitowoc, Wisconsin)

I get eczema from milk and ice cream. It only occurs on my wrists and lower arms where they rest on the desk, or where my watch band is. Not on the topside of my lower arms at all. It started in grade school, and I thought maybe it is a reaction to the soap they cleaned the desks with. Maybe try avoiding milk and ice cream, too.

Replied by Alex
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Eczema is related to Celiac disease. I would do a lot of reading and get on a gluten free diet immediately. A good book is "Breaking the Vicious Cycle-Intestinal Health Thru Diet" by Elaine G. Gottshall

Replied by Jojo
(Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa)

Hi, I read all your comments about eczema and have been battling with it myself for nearly 40 years. Currently I have EXTREME itching all over my body and I just cannot stop scratching - to the point that I look like I've gone ten rounds with Mohammed Ali because of all the bruises from the scratching. Would it be good to take Epsom Salts internally and if so, in what kind of dosage??

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Hi, in the countries around here a kind of Epsom salts is sold in small quantities in pharmacies and health shops not for bathing, that they have never heard about but to take internally, mainly to relieve constipation. Whether it works for other ailments I don't know!

Replied by Name
(City, State)

Try avoiding dairy to eliminate excema.

Replied by Mary Jean
(Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines)

My aunt removed her kidney stones with epsom salt and my dog was cured of psoriasis by epsom too. I used it with my hair and do detox with it. My daughter's acne am using it too. I tried it with husband's boil, and whenever I have skin inflammation we use it too! Am sharing information with family and friends and gave them epsom salt for christmas. Every home should have epsom salt or the magnesium oil when dissolved in water.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

My Nan always said of someone who was out of sorts (angry or upset or just not themselves) "he/she is liverish and they need a dose of salts" by salts she meant Epsom salts. When I was a child our dog found an old poisonous bate (put down to kill foxes and wild dogs) Dad sent us to the house to get the Epsom salts and some warm water. He made the mix up and poured it down the mouth of the dog, not an easy task as the dog by that stage was limp. This saved our dog. I agree Mary Jean, every home needs Epsom salts.

Replied by Louisa
(Carlsborg, Wa)

It could be tooth fillings. Metals in your system like mercury, copper etc.

Replied by Lori
(North Dakota)

Your message was very touching! My 2 year old son has been dealing with eczema most of his life and more recently he has been facing weeping eczema. I took your advice and gave my son a Epsom salt bath and to my amazement his redness really was not there this morning. My question is how often can I use the salts in his daily bath but not 'dry' his skin out? Also any recommendations for lotion? He has the steroid cream but its like it doesn't help unless I'm placing it ib him constantly! Thanks! Lori

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

One of my little ones loves an Epsom salt bath (he is kind of hyper and it settles him, so I don't mind adding the salt to his bath often. ) He takes several a week. He never seems to have dry skin from it.

You could try extra virgin coconut oil on it, or better yet, make a salve for him. Here is a link for how to do it:

I make something like this (I do use half coconut oil half olive oil) and I also add some dried Burdock Root and Calendula flowers to it. A friend uses my salve to sooth her child's eczema.

You can buy salves like this on line, but often times they do not use a lot of herbs in their process and the end product is not as strong (though very gentle) as it could be, so it seems like it doesn't work.

So glad he is getting some relief with the baths!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Toourlady89
(Ca, Usa)

If you prefer lotion, Magnesium comes in lotion form, used for eczema. Epsom salt is Magnesium. They are on Amazon.

Replied by Bobbie
(Rowlett, Tx)

Try using extra virgin olive oil. I have seen three kids healed from using it and another is much better with less itching and breaking out. She has not been using it but about three weeks but every day her mom reports she is looking and feeling better. It works according to the severity of each person and like all things some may heal or get better sooner than others, but it works for all that I recommended it too.

Posted by WT (Spartanburg, SC) on 05/31/2008

I read somewhere that Epsom salt baths would cure eczema. My secretary has a friend who has a kid who suffers with it really bad, to the point he doesn't sleep well because of it. After I mentioned it to her, the friend tried it and she was floored with the results. It began clearing up very quickly and he has been sleeping very well lately. Another friend tried it with great results. People are simply amazed at the results.

Replied by Kattis
(Auckland, New Zealand)

i just love this post = D I celebrate humans figuring all these things out. The medical system really keeps us in the dark ...

Replied by Wayne
(Pretoria, South Africa)

Hi All, I have been suffering form eczema for a couple of years and I have found much relief from the bulbanella plant. That is we cut the leaf open and apply he "gel" on the affected area. Cheers Wayne

Replied by Liz
(Bangalore, Karnataka)

Using the Ecalyptus oil cures eczema.. Try using it and ou will see the relief.

Food Sensitivities

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Posted by Gayle (Mountain Home, Ar) on 03/27/2011

Epsom salts has lots of remedies and more than I thought. One of those that wasn't mentioned that works for me is a food reactions remedy. I have candida and if I have eaten dairy or another sensitivity food, I will get very bloated and have heart irregularities and espsom salts in water takes the problem away within 20 minutes. The only remedy a doctor recommended was charcoal. I would like to find another way to help with the food sensitivites when needed. Thanks for your site.

Replied by Sophie
(London, England)

Hello, I also suffered from food sensitivites for a few years. I couldn't eat wheat products especially white flour and even garlic had a reaction with me. However I recently discovered that using Milk Thistle three times a day has improved my liver function to the point that I no longer suffer from food intolerance symptoms. Hope it helps you.

Gallbladder Stones

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Posted by Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 02/26/2011

Does anyone know if the epsom salts in traditional gallbladdder flushes is contraindicated for people with high blood pressure? Thanks.

Replied by Joyce
(Kelso, Wa)

Epsom Salts are magnesium chloride. typically the sodium chloride found in table salt is the problem with high blood pressure due to the irritation it causes in the blood vessels.

Replied by Enzyme
(Pdx, Or)

Actually, Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.

Replied by Delphina
(Rancho Belago, Ca)

If you have gallbladder stones, don't have them removed until you try this concoction:

1tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Freshly squeezed Orange

2 diced up garlic cloves (do not blend in a blender the garlice will burn as you try to swallow)

drink this every morning before you eat anything for at least 2 weeks and make sure you have nothing to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. A friend gave me this recipes and the quacks at the doctor's office wanted to remove my gallbladder.... I havent' had an attack from my gallbladder since November of 2006 and I havent' drank the concoction since. You need to stay away from fried foods and vegetable oil especially as these will create the problem again.

Gallbladder Stones
Posted by Dan (Largo, FL) on 09/17/2006

I've done about 20 liver & gallbladder flushes over the last 23 years. I agree about the confusion on "soap stones", which of course are not gall stones. I've never agreed to such claims, as there are just too many that come out even if you do liver flushes a week apart. If that's all that is expelled, there's a good chance that there are missing steps that look "optional", but actually are vital to the procedure. I say "vital" because the lack of these steps could actually prove dangerous. I learned how to do a liver flush from my brother who cave me a copy of the procedure developed by Dr.Kelley.

The big difference is he uses apple juice with Phosfood drops for several days to a week before the flush. The malic acid in the apple juice and the phosphoric acid in the Phosfood drops act to soften the stones. If the stones aren't softened, they may not pass, and you've just wasted a lot of your time and half a cup of perfectly good olive oil. etc.

Also, if the stones aren't softened, they may get stuck, and I'd guess if you check around you'll find cases where people had to get emergency medical treatment because of a flush gone bad. Another missing step that I've seen is the Epsom salts. I've seen procedures where this step was called "optional". I beg to differ. The Epsom salts is a necessary part of the procedure. The magnesium sulfate serves three purposes.

First, it causes an evacuation of your gut by relacing all of the sphincter muscles. This is important, because if your intestines are full of food, the oil won't have as big a reaction. What we're trying to accomplish here is a huge spasm of the gall bladder to as completely evacuate it as possible. That's why we take so much oil. But this does no good if the intestines are still of food, as the sensing of oil in the duodenum is what causes the gall bladder to contract. (I've also assisted the contractions with gall bladder massage, but that's another story.)

Secondly, the Epsom salts magnesium causes the bile ducts to relax and dilate. This allows any larger stones (if present) to pass without getting stuck. And once again, we don't want half measures on this, as you look kind of silly when you have to call 911.

So, these two steps are vital. You might as well not do a flush if you're going to skip these two steps. Yes, the Epsom salts tastes bitter. No, that's not a good reason not to take it. Thirdly, the magnesium helps to relax you so you can actually sleep with an otherwise uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen. So, these two steps (apple juice phosfood and Epsom salts) are not optional. They are important to the procedure and may help debug any lack of success that one may have had when omitting them.

Gallbladder Stones
Posted by Alexa (Phoenix, AZ) on 09/12/2006

RE Dr. Hulda Clark's gallbladder/liver flush: While many would like to say that the gallstones obtained from a gallbladder flush are simply the products of the flush ingredients, that does not explain a few things I have experienced in performing the flush.

While fresh, more recently formed gallstones are the pea-green characteristic of new bile and might be supposed to be related to the olive oil used in the flush, there are several types of stones obtained in a flush. Tan, granular stones are also observed, as are dark-colored "pigmented" stones (pigmented by bilirubin) as well as yellow, fatty chaff.

Further, the olive-oil-stone theory does not in any way explain the presence of bile-duct flukes unseated by the cleanse. These were identified as Opisthorchis sinensis -- apparently my sushi-eating years left some souvenirs behind.

You can "explain away" stones all you want, but it's pretty hard to make olive oil into flukes complete with visible proboscis.

Gallbladder Stones
Posted by David (Tampa, FL) on 09/09/2006


Replied by Melissa
(Yazoo City, Mississippi)

First, I am thrilled to know there is an option to surgery! I have never done a "flush" and am going to try the epsom salt, olive oil. Any advice? I'll welcome anything that could help me. Without being too obvious, Passing a walnut size stone can't be comfortable. Is it? Thank you.

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)


Hulda Clark's well known procedure detailed is available on here:
And here ('Recipes' Chapter, P. 552 ):

Some people for over a decade have used Citro-Mag instead of Epsom salts, since it tastes better. It's in some sites' instructions. 1 10-oz bottle will easily do for an adult. It is magnesium citrate.
It is in fact used medically as a purgative before colonoscopies, etc.

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