Why Lugol's Iodine is Essential for Optimal Health

| Modified on Jul 01, 2024
Lugol's Iodine Health Benefits

Iodine, a fundamental element, is vital for the human body's optimal function. However, our bodies cannot naturally produce iodine, leading to prevalent iodine deficiencies. One of the most effective solutions to address this gap is Lugol’s iodine. Rich in its benefits, Lugol’s iodine not only supports various bodily functions but also emerges as a holistic remedy for an array of health concerns. Its inherent antiseptic properties further enhance its utility, making it a potent topical agent against infections and certain skin conditions.

Understanding Lugol’s Iodine

First introduced by the French scientist Jean Lugol in 1829, Lugol’s iodine isn't a brand but rather a distinctive formulation of iodine. It comprises an aqueous solution, which simply denotes water as its primary medium, blended with potassium iodide and iodine. This unique combination amplifies its efficacy, making it a sought-after choice for iodine supplementation.

Health Benefits

  • Natural antihistamine
  • Antioxidant 1
  • Displaces fluoride
  • Displaces bromide
  • Displaces chlorine
  • Mercury detox
  • Promotes proper hormone balance
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Increases metabolism
  • Supports immune system
  • Promotes growth of hair, skin, and nails
  • Needed for the health of bones
  • Protects from radiation
  • Required for proper brain development
  • Reduces hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Part of cancer prevention
  • Necessary for the thyroid gland
  • Kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi

Lugol’s Iodine: A Superior Choice Among Iodine Supplements

Lugol’s Iodine stands out in the world of iodine supplements for its comprehensive approach to iodine supplementation. Here's a closer look at why it's often considered superior:

1. Diverse Iodine Forms: Lugol's Iodine offers not one, but three distinct forms of iodine – molecular iodine, iodide, and tri-iodide. This diversity ensures that the body receives a broad spectrum of iodine forms to cater to its varied needs.

2. Detoxification Benefits: One of the highlighted strengths of iodide, present in Lugol's solution, is its ability to assist in the removal of certain heavy metals. Metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, and arsenic can accumulate in the body, and iodide plays a role in facilitating their elimination.

3. Targeted Support to Body Systems:

  • Thyroid and Beyond: Iodide is crucial for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland, aiding in the production of vital thyroid hormones. Furthermore, it benefits other areas like the salivary glands and skin.
  • Holistic Health Benefits: Elemental iodine, another component of Lugol's, finds its utility in tissues such as the breasts, prostate, digestive system, and brain. This means Lugol's offers targeted support to numerous body systems.

In essence, the multifaceted composition of Lugol's Iodine allows it to address the body's iodine requirements holistically. Its unique blend ensures that different tissues and organs receive the specific form of iodine they most favor, making it a superior choice for many looking to supplement with iodine.

Determining the Right Dosage of Lugol’s Solution

The requirement of iodine varies significantly among individuals, and there isn't a universally applicable dosage. Natural remedies, including Lugol’s Solution, often require tailored dosages based on individual health needs, conditions, and tolerances.

Historical Recommendations:

Dr. D. C. Jarvis' Tonic: A renowned name in the field, Dr. Jarvis recommended a tonic that combines the goodness of apple cider vinegar with Lugol’s Iodine. His suggested blend was 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water with a drop of 5% Lugol’s Solution. This concoction was advised to be taken twice a week.

Modern-Day Considerations:

  • Alternative Medicine Approaches: Some practitioners in the realm of alternative medicine propose a daily intake of 12.5-50 mg of Lugol’s Iodine, especially when addressing conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, and other significant health challenges.
  • Caution with Higher Dosages: It's of paramount importance to exercise caution when considering higher dosages. Rapidly increasing iodine intake, particularly without medical supervision, can result in side effects. This caution is doubly vital given iodine's role in detoxifying, where it helps expel metals and toxins from the body.
  • The Importance of Companion Nutrients: Remember, our bodies function with a complex interplay of nutrients. When supplementing with Lugol’s Iodine, ensure the body has adequate "companion nutrients." as noted below. Iodine collaborates with these nutrients for various physiological processes.

Companion Nutrients for Lugol’s Iodine

  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

How Much Iodine is in Lugol’s Solution?

Lugol’s Iodine is typically sold in two strengths – 2% and 5%.

2% Lugol’s Solution

  • 1 drop of 2% solution contains 2.5 mg of iodine
  • 5 drops of 2% solution contain 12.5 mg of iodine
  • 20 drops of 2% solution contain 50 mg of iodine

5% Lugol’s Solution

  • 1 drop of 5% solution contains 6.25 mg of iodine
  • 2 drops of 5% solution contain 12.5 mg of iodine
  • 8 drops of 5% solution contain 50 mg of iodine

Optimal Timing For Taking Lugol's Iodine

The efficacy and side effects of many supplements can be influenced by when they are taken. With Lugol’s Iodine, timing plays a significant role in ensuring maximum absorption and minimal adverse reactions.

  • Morning or Early Afternoon Intake: Lugol’s Iodine is best consumed in the morning or early afternoon. This is because iodine, vital for thyroid function, can boost metabolism and energy levels. If taken too late in the day, this surge of energy might lead to disturbances in sleep or cause insomnia.
  • Consume with Meals: For optimal absorption, it's advisable to take Lugol’s Iodine with food. The presence of food can facilitate better iodine uptake and also reduce the risk of stomach upset, which some individuals might experience.
  • Pairing with Companion Nutrients: If you're also taking 'companion nutrients' (other minerals and vitamins that support iodine function and absorption), they can typically be taken simultaneously with Lugol’s Iodine. This ensures that the body has all the necessary co-factors to utilize and benefit from the iodine properly.

In summary, to get the best out of Lugol’s Iodine supplementation, consider your body's natural rhythms and energy cycles. Adjust your intake timing to harmonize with these rhythms, and always consult with a healthcare professional if unsure.

Applying Lugol’s Solution Topically: What You Need to Know

Lugol's iodine solution is not just limited to oral use. Its topical application offers a range of benefits, from disinfection to addressing various skin concerns. However, there are several considerations to keep in mind when using Lugol’s solution on the skin.

1. Disinfectant Properties: One of the primary reasons Lugol's iodine is applied topically is its potent disinfectant capabilities. It can be applied to minor wounds, cuts, and abrasions to prevent infections.

2. Treatment of Skin Conditions: Beyond its disinfectant properties, Lugol's iodine has been used in addressing various skin issues, such as fungal infections or specific skin lesions. Always consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional before using it for any particular condition.

3. Temporary Skin Staining: An important aspect to note is that Lugol's iodine, when applied to the skin, will cause a noticeable brown stain. This staining is temporary. For some individuals, it may fade in a matter of hours, while for others, it might linger for days. It's essential to be aware of this, especially if you're applying it to visible areas.

4. Transdermal Iodine Absorption: The skin does absorb iodine, and some individuals opt for topical application as an alternative method to "consume" their iodine supplements. However, this method lacks precision. It's challenging to ascertain the exact amount of iodine the body absorbs through the skin, which can lead to unpredictable dosing.

5. An Alternative for Those Sensitive to Oral Use: Some people might experience adverse reactions or side effects when taking iodine orally. For these individuals, topical application can be a gentler way to reap the benefits of iodine without digestive concerns.

Skin Problems that Benefit from Topical Iodine Use

  • Warts
  • Skin Tags
  • Moles
  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Boils
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Ganglion Cyst

Using Lugol’s Iodine for Skin Applications: A Guide

When employing Lugol's iodine for topical skin treatments, it's important to be mindful of its strength and the skin's sensitivity. Here's a guideline to help ensure its safe and effective application:

Choosing the Right Concentration:

  • Standard Application: For regular skin use, dab a small amount of 5% Lugol’s iodine onto the concerned area. This can be done once or twice daily, depending on the severity of the issue.
  • Sensitive or Damaged Skin: If the skin area is particularly sensitive, irritated, or broken, it's advisable to opt for a milder concentration. In such cases, a 2% Lugol’s iodine solution may be more appropriate to prevent further irritation or discomfort.

Duration of Application: Continue applying Lugol’s iodine to the affected area for as long as necessary. However, monitor the skin's reaction closely. If any signs of excessive dryness, irritation, or any adverse reactions appear, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.

Soothing Post-Application:

  • Use of Oils: After applying Lugol’s iodine, to prevent or alleviate any sensation of stinging or burning, gently massage the area with castor oil or coconut oil. These oils not only have soothing properties but can also provide additional moisture, ensuring the skin remains supple and doesn't dry out from the iodine application.

Remember, while Lugol’s iodine is a potent solution with numerous benefits, it's essential always to listen to your body. If you experience any discomfort, reconsider the concentration or method of application, and always reach out to a dermatologist or healthcare professional with any concerns.

Oral Use of Lugol’s Iodine

Historically, a sore throat was painted (internally) with iodine.

For oral infections, Lugol’s iodine can be added to water and swished in the mouth. (1 drop in a tablespoon of water.)

The Importance of Iodine

Iodine is included in the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines and is specifically noted for its benefit to the thyroid gland.

Historically, iodine was commonly prescribed by doctors for a variety of health problems, especially for goiter. With the invention of pharmaceutical medications, iodine fell out of favor. Advocates of natural health, however, have helped to re-popularize using iodine supplements to correct iodine deficiency, which in turn relieves health problems caused by iodine deficiency.

Isn’t Iodine in Food?

Of course, the ideal way to get iodine into the body is with food. However, there are a limited number of foods that contain iodine, and levels of iodine in foods is often not enough to supply the daily needs of the body.

Iodine in Our Diet: Sources and Considerations

Iodine-rich Foods:

  • Dairy: Milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Seafood: Codfish, tuna
  • Vegetables: Seaweed, cranberries, strawberries, potatoes
  • Others: Eggs, iodized salt

Challenges with Dietary Iodine:

  • Many foods, due to iodine-depleted soils, don't have optimal iodine levels.
  • While fish and seaweed are iodine-rich, they're not always easily accessible.
  • Iodine once enriched bread but was replaced by cheaper bromide, which also hampers iodine absorption.
  • Water additives like chlorine and fluoride hinder the body's use of iodine.
  • While table salt has iodine, the amount is barely enough to prevent goiters. Moreover, popular non-iodized sea salts and salts in processed foods often lack iodine, limiting its presence in modern diets.

Consequences of Iodine Deficiency:

Low iodine can lead to hypothyroidism, developmental issues in babies, dry skin, hair loss, weight fluctuations, fibrocystic breast disease, migraines, and more.

The Solution:

Supplementing with iodine can counteract these deficiencies, and Lugol’s iodine stands out as a top choice for supplementation.

Earth Clinic Reader Testimonials on Lugol's Iodine

Continue reading to explore testimonials from Earth Clinic readers who have utilized Lugol's Iodine for various health conditions. If you've benefited from Lugol's Iodine, we'd love to hear your story. Please share your experiences with us!

Related Links:

Achieving Thyroid Balance with Natural Remedies and Nutrition
Benefits of Iodine for Health
Hypothyroid Remedies

Acid Reflux

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Posted by Angela (Oh) on 10/15/2018

Like Michelle from Ohio, I too have been cured of horrendous acid reflux with Lugols iodine. I was using it for other reasons and after a few months I realized my acid reflux was completely gone. I have had problems eating oranges, bacon, onions, OJ, etc all my life and now I can eat or drink what ever I want. Glad to hear of someone else getting well with it. I read once that the body needs iodine to make stomach acid that actually stops the reflux.

Replied by Denise
(Crescent City, Ca)

Wonderful to see this post today, as it was today I just ordered Lugols Iodine. I know I need to be careful not to get too much iodine, so may I ask how much you take? Do you also do coconut oil, and a good salt for iodine content? The main issue I'm having is finding an amount to start with but like my other supplements, there is an amount. I believe the Lugols says 12.5 mg. So, maybe that answers my question;)

I still have some acid reflux, and I also have silent reflux, or sometime called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and find the throat issues almost unbearable at times.

Thank you in advance for any further info on your progress and amounts you use daily;) Denise

Acid Reflux
Posted by Michelle (Mcarthur, Ohio) on 04/14/2013

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!

Acid Reflux
Posted by David (Huntington Beach, California, USA) on 01/04/2009

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.

Replied by Sara
(Dublin, CA)

What was the % of the Lugol's Solution used? J. Crow's still sells 5% as well as the 2% version.

Replied by Jen
(Kellersburgh, Pa)

The Lugols solution comes in 2% and 5%. How do you know what dose? Thanks

Replied by Hersche Chocolatte
(South Africa)

I can't believe I've stumbled upon this! I have been experiencing severe "heart" attacks and stabbing pains in my neck...long story short, had the gastro and Ecg checks done, Ecg is 100% clear, got a rx to treat GERD but chose not to get it cos my integrated practitioner advised against this and suggested Betaine Hydrochloride to increase acid levels, Digestive enzymes, Probiotics and Lugol's Iodine for thyroid issues and reflux. Unfortunately, I haven't followed it in this way, will surely do now!

Thank you very much David! (David (Huntington Beach, California, USA) on 01/04/2009)

Replied by Dan
(Lodi, N.j.)

Essential public service announcement.Thank you, Doctor!

Replied by Sandr
(Chicago, IL)

Did he take the 5% or the 2% Lugols?


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.


Replied by Catootje

It sounds like you have a B12 deficiency. Please investigate yourself (Weston Price Foundation). Kind regards, C

Replied by Karlie
(Mesa, Az)

Angela (New York, US), I see that this was in 2014, so I hope you still get this, but try water kefir. It has probiotics & B vitamins. It should help with your gluten and dairy intolerance, give you energy, which the low energy is probably causing your dizzy spells. And is a sign of B deficiency. Buy the kefir water grains, very cheap, go to youtube, and learn how to make water kefir. Cheap, easy, and a continual supply.

Replied by Terry J.

I think it is safe to say that you are deficient in Iodine, since about 90% of the world's population is as well. My experience is I started with 12.5% of Lugol's iodine )5 drops of 2% iodine) in a glass of distilled water, along with 100mcg of Selenium. I followed that with another glass of distilled water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of unprocessed Salt (Sea, Himalayan, Redmond's real salt). The Salt water keeps you from getting sick from bromine, fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals by combining with these toxins pulled from you by the Iodine. You simply pee them out.

Jim Janda

Your salt tip is xlnt, thanks!

Do you think that adding low-dose zeolite is not necessary?


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Posted by John Scot (Scotland) on 01/29/2021

I use Lugol's also and feel it will protect against any Virus or disease. I normally have 10 drops in a glass of organic 3 times a week never taste the iodine and never seem to have a real cold or flu. Sometimes have a blocked nose but goes away very quickly. Jjust try it with Organic milk, tastes better. I use the strongest Lugol's Iodine 15%.

Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca) on 03/20/2011

I came down with a cold on a Friday. Used 1 drop of Lugol's in a glass of water 4 x that day then increased to 2 drops the next and 3 drops the third day. By Monday the cold was gone. Hope this helps.

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.

Converting Lugol's to Milligrams

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.

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Here is what Bill (very knowledgeable in these things) posted awhile ago:

02/13/2012: Bill from San Fernando, The Philippines replies: "There seems to be some confusion over the use of Lugol's Iodine. What people tend to always forget is that the drop dosage of say 50 mgs of 5% Lugol's Iodine per day is completely different from the same 50 mg drop dosage from say a 2% Lugol's Iodine solution. A single drop of 5% strength, Lugol's Iodine -- where one drop contains 6. 25 mgs iodine -- would be about 8 drops. A single drop of 2% Lugol's Iodine would therefore contain only 2. 50 mgs of Iodine. So to get a 50 mgs dose from a 5% LI solution would be only 8 drops, whereas a 50 mgs doasage from a 2% LI solution would require 20 drops(2. 5 times more).

To help clarify this, here is a table that shows total Iodine content per drop for different % strengths of Lugol's Iodine:

Hope that helps! Cheers, Bess

Replied by Jolole
(Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia)

Hi Bess, I had seen this table but not certain if the product I bought was 15% or 5% iodine. It was advertised as a 15%, but I now assume that the % only relate to the iodine part. This would mean that I have a 5% solution. Is that correct? Thanks and blessings.

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi again Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Sorry I misunderstood your question (I'll blame it on the heat! ).

Your bottle is a 5% solution [5% solution consists of 5% (wt/v) iodine and 10% (wt/v) potassium iodide mixed in distilled water]. I use a 5% solution also and that's what's on my label. Since I'm hypothyroid, I take 2 drops every morning in water which works out to be 12. 5 mg daily. Cheers, Bess

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi again Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Sorry I misunderstood your question (I'll blame it on the heat! ).

Your bottle is a 5% solution [5% solution consists of 5% (wt/v) iodine and 10% (wt/v) potassium iodide mixed in distilled water]. I use a 5% solution also and that's what's on my label. Since I'm hypothyroid, I take 2 drops every morning in water which works out to be 12. 5 mg daily. Cheers, Bess

Diluting Lugol's Iodine

Posted by Looky24 (Slovakia ) on 03/18/2022

Iodine dose 12%.

Hello, please, I would like to ask. I bought a 12% lugol iodine. How can I dilute a 12% to 5%. I think 12% is too much if I want to paint iodine on testicular cysts.

1. How long does it take for iodine to pass through the skin to the cyst? How many drops are needed after dilution? And how long will it take for cysts to shrink?

2. I also want to take iodine orally. How do I dilute 12% iodine to 5%? How much water do I need to drink with dilute iodine and how often? I know that iodine is used with selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C.

I apologize for the stupid questions, but I'm taking it for the first time and I want to be 100% sure.

Thank you very much for any advice

Replied by Bill

Hi Looky24,

Well, you never said how many drops or mgs of 12% you wanted to supplement. Generally I normally take 8 drops(or 50mgs) of 5% lugols iodine(LI) every day. And one drop of 5% LI contains a total of 6.25mg of iodine. Anyway here's something that might help you with your calculations for 12% LI:

5% Lugol's iodine has 6.25mg iodine per drop.

12% LI is 12/5 or 2.4 times stronger per drop than 5% LI.

But if 5% iodine contains 6.25mgs per drop and 12% LI is 2.4 times stronger then 12% Lugols Iodine will contain 2.4 x 6.25mg = 15mgs iodine/iodide per drop.

So if you want to take 50 mgs a day of 12% LI then you would need to take 50mgs/15mgs drops or 3.33 drops of 12% LI per day. And if it were me -- I'm not so picky -- so I would round that value up to 4 drops -- but it's your call.

And for anyone wondering how to calculate the number of drops of 15% LI to get 50gms iodine/iodide per day, this is a much simpler calculation:

15% LI is 15/5 = 3 times stronger per drop than 5% LI.

Therefore one drop of 15% LI = 3 x 6.25mg = 18.75mgs iodine/iodide per drop

So to be able to supplement 50 mgs of iodine/iodide per day you would have to take 50/18.75 = 2.6 drops of 15% LI per day.

And just to quickly cover it all -- if you were to take 50 mgs per day of 7% LI(at 8.75mgs per drop) then you would have to take 50/8.75 = 5.71 drops of 7% LI per day.

I'm also currently taking the Hulda Clark Lugol's Iodine protocol. Her LI protocol was very simple and didn't mess around. She advised supplementing 6 drops 4% LI three times a day after meals. I vary it slightly by taking 3 drops of 15% LI three times a day after meals, which works out to a total daily iodine/iodide dose of 18.75 x 9 drops per day = 165.75mgs iodine/iodide per day. I've been doing this LI protocol for about a month now. And whereas before I was always scooting off for a quick kip in the early afternoon heat every day, but now I just don't need it. That was a real eye-opener for me and was a very pleasant surprise. As a 72 year old guy, I have much more energy now than I had before as well as alot more daily anti-viral protection against covid-19 from using Hulda Clark's LI protocol. I'll give a proper and bigger report on EC later on the outcome of taking Dr Hulda Clark's Li protocol after taking her it for a few more months.

A final word of warning about orally supplementing LI. If you use Dr Hulda Clark's LI protocol, which is quite a high dose per day, just remember to start the protocol with a low dose and work up to the advised drop dosages SLOWLY.

Kenneth Ridgeway
(Lincoln, England)

Thanks for info.

I downloaded Hilda Clark's book five years ago. Didn't manage to read it all. Quite a big book. Was researching for my prostate cancer. I managed to buy some Lugols iodine this s year and. Haven't known where to start. Now today, haha n my birthday I stumbled across these conversation no about iodine. Thank you and everyone for talking about it. So. Covid. Is there any protocol for it using iodine? My daughter who s 40 has had it for 8 days. Her taste has gone and isn't getting much better. She takes ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine and zinc and vit D3. After reading these comments I was wondering about using iodine for covid. Any thoughts gratefully accepted. Ken

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Try Ioso, a liquid supplement, if you wish, for something different. It contains both iodine and iodide as an ammonium compound. 1 drop = 1830 micrograms total Iodine. That is 1.83 mgs. It is not potassium-based (Lugol's), which is hard on some people. It is ammonium-based. Nothing to do with ammonia, so don't panic. I love this stuff.


Hi, Keneth!

Methylene blue and samento tinkture works super. Inhaling nebulized hydrogen peroxyde (bromhexine is also option) for 10 minutes twice daily does wonder. Regards! Evgeni

Replied by Looky24

Thank you very much Bill for the advice. I would like to ask how long can I use iodine for testicular cysts? When can I see the results of cyst reduction?

Thank you.


Looky24 ... I've been taking 5% Lugol's Iodine every day (8 drops per day) in my own health regimen for about 15 years now. And in the last 4 months I have been taking a new and different iodine protocol based on Hulda Clark's LI protocol -- which is 3 drops of 15% lugol's iodine -- which works out to a total of about 170 mgs of iodine/iodide per day. I have no trouble at all with that high LI dose. I've also read that doses as high as 2000mgs iodine/iodide per day were regularly used in the old days before WWII.

A huge caveat here. Just because people in the old and distant past could be treated with large dose LI does not necessarily mean that you can do it now without problems. Lugols Iodine was been around for over 150 years and was eventually banned for use internally in the US round about the beginning of the 1950s to make way for the glorious and unhindered use of antibiotics as well as modern vaccines. Wow, with LI out of the way, think of all that profit for the drugs companies involved! The 1950s was also the beginnings of wide agri-use of poisonous pesticides, fertilizers, etc that contained serious poisons like mercury, lead, aluminum, chlorine, flourine, and glyphosate, etc. You should also bear in mind that -- especially in America -- the supermarket food contains all these poisons, which are very unhealthy for your body.

I'm just saying that if you live in the US and you eat all that poisoned supermarket food and drink their poisonous tap water then your body will accumulate and contain high amounts of heavy metals that also include bromine, fluorine and chlorine. It's also little known or appreciated that Lugol's Iodine is an exceptional detoxer of lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum, bromine and fluorine. But if your body contains high amounts of any of these poisons then, when you initially start taking the LI at high dose, LI will rapidly remove these poisons from the tissues and put large amounts of them into the blood. And right there is the problem!! Because once the poisons get into the blood there is a definite possibility that those heavy metals, chlorine and fluorine etc will be redistributed throughout the body -- and that is what can cause, serious skin rashes, racing heart, breathing problems etc. Basically these symptoms can accurately mimic a serious allergic reaction -- but they are not caused by an allergic reaction -- they are caused by large amounts of heavy metals and other poisons suddenly being dumped into the bloodstream because of the efficient detox effect of LI.

So, if you're going to take high dose iodine for your testicular cyst, you should start with one drop and just work up to the proper dose slowly.

Here's some more useful advice on how to treat testicular cysts with iodine from Ted from Bangkok:

"Testicular Cysts... If lugol's iodine is applied externally to that area, is one of the few ways it the iodine can reach it to prevent further spread. Cysts is usually calcium, hence magnesium supplements is taken, such as magnesium citrate roughly 500 mg a day. The magnesium is antagonistic to the calcium. I have also found that cysts is a form of iodine deficiency, it seems to occur in women with low iodine, which gathers around the breast. Cysts can also form when the blood sugar is high, increasing the solubility of calcium to go from bones to the tissues causing cysts. Hence, 1500 mcg of chromium chloride, or a good chromium supplements without the calcium added, best in capsule form is taken. I prefer chromium chloride, perhaps chromium polynicotinate. If a person is serious about reducing this cyst, staying away from sugar, and drink plenty of water during meals will dilute sugar concentration, in addition to avoiding dinners before sleep also helps reduce the sugar spikes."

Source: https://answers.earthclinic.com/any-remedy-for-testicular-cysts.html


Lookee24... Just to answer some of your original questions:

" I think 12% is too much if I want to paint iodine on testicular cysts."

If you are using 12% LI for painting the testicular area -- that's is not too much. I use my own 15% LI regularly to paint on plukes, moles, rashes and other skin problems and I've never really had a problem. Also if you apply your 12% LI to the testicular area then more iodine/iodide is bound to be absorbed so this will have a quicker beneficial or reducing effect on your testicular cyst than if you used the weaker 5% LI solution.

"How long does it take for iodine to pass through the skin to the cyst? "

LI will take about a few hours to pass through the skin. And only about 8% of the iodine/iodide applied to the skin will penetrate the skin into the blood. Also bear in mind that alot of the iodine/iodide solution that is applied to the skin will automatically vaporize quite quickly and will be lost like that. The body generally excretes all the iodine/iodide from the blood within about 24 hours.

Here's the full 5% Iodine Protocol:



Can iodine be ototoxic?

Jim Janda

Terry J posted a tip... taking a half tsp of natural salt, red Mill, Celtic, etc... with the larger doses of Lugols... the salt will bind to the released heavy metals and you just pee them out...


Replied by John

Thank you, Bill, for sharing your insights and for sharing the insights of Ted from Bangkok.

I have some questions regarding the matter of consuming Lugolʼs iodine with vitamin C and also consuming Lugolʼs iodine without any vitamin C.

• How much time after consuming vitamin C could one wait before consuming Lugolʼs iodine so that the molecular iodine will remain iodine?

• How much time after consuming Lugolʼs iodine could one wait before consuming vitamin C so that the molecular iodine that has been consumed will remain iodine?

I ask this because I enjoy taking nine drops of 2% Lugolʼs iodine each day, but first, shortly after waking up each morning, I consume one half of a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with two tablespoons of lemon juice or lime juice—from a freshly squeezed lemon or lime whenever possible—in approximately four ounces (half of a glass) of water, drinking the mixture after the fizzing has stopped. With that mixture, I also consume vitamin B complex, 50 mg of zinc picolinate, and a quercetin supplement. The quercetin supplement contains 336 mg of vitamin C in the form of magnesium ascorbate.

Also, as references for readers of this, below is a link to Tedʼs observations about baking soda with lemon juice or lime juice, and below that link is a link involving Bill and Tedʼs book about alkalizing (pH Balanced for Life!).



I also ask this because, after consuming Lugolʼs iodine each day, I enjoy consuming the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C in powdered form. I try to take up to 10,000 mg of the sodium ascorbate each day (a daily total of ten one-fourth teaspoons of the powdered form of sodium ascorbate that I have). I also enjoy mixing nine drops of 2% Lugolʼs iodine with the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C in powdered form such that the molecular iodine is converted to iodide and the solution of Lugolʼs iodine and sodium ascorbate becomes clear. In that regard, I have a question regarding the choice of either sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid to mix with the Lugolʼs iodine.

• Would the dehydroascorbate that results from mixing Lugolʼs iodine with sodium ascorbate—as with dehydroascorbic acid (DHA or DHAA) resulting from mixing Lugolʼs iodine with ascorbic acid—involve the vitamin C in the form of dehydroascorbate being more quickly absorbed and in much greater amounts in the body than vitamin C that remains in the form of ordinary sodium ascorbate and also involve the dehydroascorbate penetrating the blood/bone barrier and the blood/brain barrier?

I ask this because at the below link, you mentioned that the mixing of Lugolʼs iodine with ascorbic acid results in the molecular iodine oxidizing some of the vitamin C, thereby converting the latter to dehydroascorbic acid; that the body more quickly absorbs the dehydroascorbic acid and in much greater amounts than the body would absorb ordinary ascorbic acid; and that the dehydroascorbic acid can penetrate the blood/bone barrier and the blood/brain barrier.


In that regard, I found some observations that you made at the below two links. The topic of dehydroascorbate is referenced at the first link. The references to dehydroascorbate at that link include the mentioning of ascorbic acid mixed with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)—which results in sodium ascorbate when baking soda is added until the fizzing of the mixture stops—combined with Lugolʼs iodine to produce the dehydroascorbate.

The second link has a reference to dehydroascorbic acid. https://ted.earthclinic.com/supplements/vitamin_c.html#tedn_11247


Sincerely, John

Replied by Presouz
(Sunny Ca)

I don't have Facebook anymore but when I did there was a great iodine group there I would suggest taking a look at it. It's ran by a nurse or a nurse practitioner I can't remember think her name is Stephanie.


Posted by Fats1964 (Doncaster, UK) on 04/10/2015

I need to know how much iodine is in each droplet, not the full dropper. I get conflicting info.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Fats1964...The amount of iodine per drop would also depend on what percentage strength lugols iodine you are using(which you never mentioned). For example, if you're using 5% LI then the amount per drop would be 6.25 mgs. But if you are using 2% LI then the amount would be 2.50 mgs iodine per drop.

For the full range -- see the drop to mgs table in this link.

Replied by Celine De Jesus

Hi Bill,

I would like to purchase Lugol's Solution 5% to treat my diabetes, GERD and my sinusitis. I'd tried to purchase in amazon but my address is not accepted. Kindly reply where I can purchase here in Manila. I really badly needed your help.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Celine...It's been a while since I bought lugols iodine in the Philippines. Here are some possible places in Manila where you might be able to buy it:

1039 Banawe st, Manressa Quezon City
tel (632) 3622024; (632) 4758212; (63) 908 4599829
They sell 5% Lugols Iodine

San Francisco
930-G Del Monte Ave,
1104 Quezon City,
Tel: 632-4116692

Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes

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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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(Chico, Ca)

I have Sjogren's Disease (Syndrome) and am drying from the inside out, particularly afraid it will dry my internal organs. I have very dry mouth, and severely dry eyes right now, and I don't want this to progress. I am wondering if you are still having good luck with this 2-3% solution 3X/day? Are you using Lugol's? If not, what brand are you using and can I get it without a prescription?

Thanks for any help you can give.

Ear Infection

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Posted by Jacqueline (Devon, Uk) on 09/25/2015

Hi there,

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.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Jacqueline, would you know if this would clear up a long-standing tinnitus?


Hi Mmsg,

I don't know, as my tinnitus was purely a side effect of the ear infection, so of course, it vanished when the infection did. No harm in trying it, as technically, it's external use. Try and find something on curezone or earthclinic that might guide you.

Replied by Kyle

HI there

any chance you could find the link or publication details of the study on the african children? I've looked quite a bit because of your comment but could only find usage of povidone-iodine (basically Betadine), and some study on Rabbits showing that if too strong it induced hearing loss, but it was very effective (almost as effective as the Cipraflaxin (or something close to that) at the right strength/dose.

I'd really appreciate your help here!

Replied by Paul
(Cortlandt Manor, NY)

I tried Jacquelin's method as well as a single drop neat, without any success at all. It appears that as I have stenoptic ear canals, any form of even slight inflammation, closes the ear completely.

The only treatment which seems to work for me, is diced/crushed Onion-juice into the canal & plugged with cotton-wool, overnight but sometimes, even that doesn't work!

Pam E.
(Southern California)
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I had lots of wax removed from my ears a few years back, when the doctor told me my ear canals were the size of a child's. He was apologizing for not having instruments that small, as his office is set up to treat adults. And my canals were definitely red & swollen after that treatment. So, I can empathize with you.... I wonder if Coconut oil might help you topically, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & even anti-tiny-parasites! (It's also touted as loosening ear wax.) You could eat it at the same time, too, so 'come at the problem from both sides'! I've used it in my ears for fungal infection before....

Replied by Diane

Oh gosh, I just tried this, only 2 drops of Lugol's 15% neat into my ear that has been itching me all day, and it burned like hell! The pain actually made me vomit!
I almost ended up in the hospital, the ambulance service advised me to flush with water for 20 minutes, which I did and it brought the burning pain down somewhat, but I was worried I'd caused real damage.

I can't believe they would inflict this on children. My advice, do not use Lugol's neat in the ear.


Hi Diane,

Just wondering why you tried 15% Lugol's straight in the ear when the original post you replied to used only a couple drops from a 1:4 dilution - 1 part of 7% Lugol's to water?


I agree Diana. I tried it and it burned BAD! Fortunately I had an ear irrigator loaded and ready if things went bad and they did. I'm sticking with povidone iodine 10%.

It's recommended by the Hesperian Guidelines for 3rd World Countries and is as follows:

Give antiseptic ear drops such as vinegar or povidone iodine (betadine). For all ages: 2 drops in the ear, 2 times a day for 2 weeks, then give 2 drops in the ear, 1 time a day (before going to sleep), for several weeks or months til ear issues clear up.


Replied by beverly


Povidone-iodine ear wash and oral cotrimoxazole for chronic suppurative otitis media in Australian aboriginal children:

study protocol for factorial design randomised controlled trial - PubMed (nih.gov)


Replied by Jeroen Remy Hua Hun

Hi Jacqueline, I'm ready to try this solution of Lugol's diluted with water. I have a suppurative ear (infection) since a couple of months now. I'm a bit concerned though as last winter I had a perforated eardrum. How can I be sure this method is safe?

Hope this reaches you as your post is from a long time ago.

Thanks!! Remy

Ear Pain, Tinnitus and Deafness

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Posted by Jacqueline (Devon) on 11/27/2016

I posted previously about this subject. I got an old eye drops bottle - tiny. Cleaned it and put 1/4 of Lugol's (I used 7%) but 5% will be ok. Fill up the rest of the bottle with cooled, boiled water and then stick the dropper bit back on. I put 3 drops, into the ears 3 times a day for the next 4 days and the pain from a severe ear infection, tinnitus and deafness all vanished, never to return. That was several years ago and it still hasn't returned, and had suffered every year, for many years, and it was untouchable by antibiotics. It should work against a fungal infection, too. Lugol's is always in my cupboard. I also got rid of a urine infection last year with it.

Food Poisoning

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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.

Ganglion Cyst

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Posted by Homer (Thessaloniki - Greece) on 11/11/2022

In the article it says "Skin Problems that Benefit from Topical Iodine Use" and includes ganglion cysts.

I've tried it for my ganglion cyst which is not skin problem! Nothing happened. I've tried Betadine 10%, every night for a month.

Replied by Katzie

Maybe betadine isn't good enough (and since it's a Brand name from Big Harma, it isn't pure). You need a quality Iodine like Lugol's or something. And 75% of what you put on your skin ends up absorbed into your body, so that part can't be ignored. Don't give up so easily. Be well.

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, USA)
488 posts

If you're deficient in iodine and give the body some - regardless of what form you use - your body is going to oxidize it, remove the iodine and use it to create the various compounds it needs and APPLY them according to it's OWN list of priorities. If you're iodine deficient - you have far more important things to which it must attend than a ganglion cyst.