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Magnesium Chloride Benefits

Published on December 27, 2012

For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride, which has a strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. Chloride is required to produce a large quantity of gastric acid each day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.

According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body.

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Magnesium Chloride Flakes

In addition to its functions as an electrolyte, chloride combines with hydrogen in the stomach to make hydrochloric acid, a powerful digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of proteins, absorption of other metallic minerals, and activation of intrinsic factor, which in turn absorbs vitamin B12.

Using other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body anyway. We may use magnesium as oxide or carbonate but then we need to produce additional hydrochloric acid to absorb them. Many aging individuals, especially with chronic diseases who desperately need more magnesium, cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and thus cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate.

Chloride is a highly important and vital mineral required for both human and animal life. Without chloride, the human body would be unable to maintain fluids in blood vessels, conduct nerve transmissions, move muscles, or maintain proper kidney function. As a major electrolyte mineral of the body, chloride performs many roles, and is rapidly excreted from the body.

Magnesium chloride solution was not only harmless for tissues, but it had also a great effect over leucocytic activity and phagocytosis; so it was perfect for treatment of external wounds. – Dr. Jean Durlach

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Dr. Jean Durlach et al., at the Université P. M. Curie, Paris, wrote a paper about the relative toxicities between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. They write, “The reason for the toxicity of pharmacological doses of magnesium using the sulfate anion rather than the chloride anion may perhaps arise from the respective chemical structures of both the two magnesium salts. Chemically, both MgSO4 and MgCl2 are hexa-aqueous complexes. However MgCl2 crystals consist of dianions with magnesium coordinated to the six water molecules as a complex, [Mg(H2O)6]2+ and two independent chloride anions, Cl-. In MgSO4, a seventh water molecule is associated with the sulphate anion, [Mg(H2O)6]2 +[SO4. H2O]. Consequently, the more hydrated MgSO4 molecule may have chemical interactions with paracellular components rather than with cellular components, presumably potentiating toxic manifestations while reducing therapeutic effect.”

MgSO4 is not always the appropriate salt in clinical therapeutics. MgCl2 seems the better anion-cation association to be used in many clinical and pharmacological indications.[1] -Dr. Jean Durlach et al.

Researchers studying the ionic fluxes in the two directions between the mother and the fetus found that there was a greater positive effect when MgCl2 was used and that MgSO4 could not guarantee the fetal needs in sodium and potassium exchange like MgCl2 could. They also found that MgCl2 interacts with all the exchangers in the cell membrane, while the effect of MgSO4 is limited to paracellular components without interaction with cellular components. Dr. Durlach summarized saying, “MgCl2 interacts with all exchangers while the interaction of MgSO4 is limited to paracellular exchangers, and MgCl2 increases the flux ratio between mother and fetus while MgSO4 decreases it.”

High-dosage, tocolytic magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) administered to pregnant women during preterm labor can be toxic and sometimes lethal for their newborns.[2]

Chloride vs. Chlorine

The mineral supplement chloride is very different from the gas chlorine. Elemental chlorine is a dangerous gas that does not exist in the free elemental state in nature because of its reactivity, although it is widely distributed in combination with other elements. Chloride is related to chlorine however, as one of the most common chlorine compounds is common salt, NaCl. Chloride is a by-product of the reaction between chlorine and an electrolyte, such as potassium, magnesium, or sodium, which are essential for human metabolism. Chloride salts are essential for sustaining human metabolism and have none of the effects of isolated chlorine gas.

Magnesium Chloride, Bromide & Iodine

Dr. David Brownstein promotes the use of magnesium chloride as a supplement “synergistic” to treatment with iodine. Chloride competes with bromide at the renal level and increases the renal clearance of bromide,[3] thus magnesium chloride is ideal for magnesium supplementation. Some patients require up to two years of iodine therapy to bring post loading urine bromide levels below 10 mg/24 hr, if chloride load is not included in the bromine detoxification program. Dr. Brownstein says, “As with using any nutritional supplement, a comprehensive holistic treatment plan provides the best results. Magnesium is an important part of the iodine treatment plan. Magnesium deficiency is very common. Magnesium is nature’s relaxing agent. Magnesium levels (via red blood cell magnesium levels) should be assessed and supplementation instituted. Magnesium supplementation will likely ensure optimal results with iodine.”[4]

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For more detailed information feel free to consult my digital version of the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy that’s with a reasonable price, or for a more personal approach check my Consultations page.

[1] Magnesium Research. Volume 18, Number 3, 187-92, September 2005, original article

[2] Mittendorf R, Dammann O, Lee KS. Brain lesions in newborns exposed to high-dose magnesium sulfate during preterm labor. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, USA.J Perinatol.2005 Dec 1; doi:10.1038/

[3] Rauws, A.G., Pharmacokinetics of Bromide Ion-An Overview. Fd. Chem. Toxic., 21:379-382, 1983

[4] Iodine, the Rest of the Story; David Brownstein M.D.;

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

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  • Fo Parca

    What’s the difference please between magnesium chloride powder and magnesium chloride flakes?

  • I´ve been using it for a few years and it helps with my prostate, circulation and back pain. I´m sure that there are other benefits too. I just had a physical and everything was normal including my Cholesterol which is a miracle.

  • FredFlintstone

    How much MgCl in 1 tsp of MgCl granules? And isn’t elemental Mg 11.2% of MgCl?

  • wd101

    There is NO science in vaccines. The science was in waste water treatment that the vaccine pimps took credit for in reducing infectious diseases (after the fact).

    • catskul

      If you are using the consensus definition of Science, that the rest of use are using: that is published peer reviewed documentation of well controlled experiments, and accompanying falsifiable hypotheses, and conformation to previously confirmed theory, then the strong recommendation modern vaccines should validly said to based on and consistent with science

      > There is NO science in vaccines.

      The only way this statement can be supported is if you come up with your own definition for science that doesn’t match the definition held by the science community. If you do that, then you could even call religion science…

  • CH

    Jason that wasn’t anything close to an explanation of what you know of this product, it was more ridiculing than informational…

  • catskul

    So you’re saying it works based on testimonials on amazon? This stuff is sold along side stuff like “Magnetic Clay”. Plenty of stuff has a ton of people saying it works (including clear bullshit like homeopathic dilutions). Most of it doesn’t work despite thousands or millions of people saying it does.

    It’s still possible that it works, but what’s not acceptable is these self described experts saying they *know* that it does, and giving explanations that contradict current understanding. They give people a false sense of scientific authority that they don’t have.

    They should be upfront and say that it’s anecdote and testimonial that they’re basing their assertions on, and not science.

    • Mary

      Many scientists have performed experiments on themselves and drank their own potions…. matter of fact they use others now and call them clinical studies – labeled, like their diseases….. matter of fact millions did before that…. all those hominid men before us and before the advent of “science” for millennia, to whom we owe our survival today for testing their own environments and responsible for the treasure trove of handed-down knowledge to which we owe botany and herbology…… which science uses for their synthetic alchemy, yet which they have illegalized and gag-ordered unto themselves for the benefit of their own patent pockets. (A disastrous alchemy by the way, producing horrendous adverse effects otherwise not produced in their original structures.)

      ….And Not unlike the era of witch hunts, during which the same confiscation and suppression occurred concerning healing properties….. and perhaps responsible for the progress of diseases which annihilated most of the New World afterward for not having used nature’s properties or even CORRECTLY all those years. The New World was described as free of disease and possessing rich knowledge of healing properties – ALL SELF TESTED AND ANECDOTAL AND EXPERIENTIAL and… WORKING! THEY WERE FREEE OF DISEASE! and the ones that came about were healed with natural properties. ( sound like clinical trials to me! lol). Same natural healing properties like I said they now use to patent synthetics.

      Point is …. we are all our own scientists… and the ultimate SCIENCE-BASED is to TEST IT like clinical trials do ANYWAY and ULTIMATELY, that they make you sign a release of responsibility – except I CHOOSE TO DO IT FOR MYSELF ……………….. so if I want to try something especially NATURAL which will not horizontally transfer to other organisms (GMOs)…. or create worse illness and toxicity or poison.. or create damage or irreparable damage to others by forcing them on them, or on the environment….. then let ME, it’s my life – AS WE’VE BEEN LETTING YOU DO ANYWAY. Enough!

  • Charles Wilson

    Is this taken orally or external?

    • Leonardo DiCapario

      I drink half of a shot glass daily

  • Magnesium chloride is the most powerful mineral that our body needs. Absolutely no doubt about it. I’ve seen, and continue to see, with my eyes extraordinary transformations.

    • Wittgensteinsfoot

      Does it work without the tinfoil hat?

      • Leonardo DiCapario


        • Wittgensteinsfoot

          Thought not.

  • Maggie Chlor

    Should people on a low salt diet avoid swimming in the ocean?
    Is the Na in sea water absorbed transdermally?
    The sodium cation is smaller than the magnesium ion. If Na in ocean water cannot pass the epidermal barrier how does the Mg ion manage to raise blood serum levels and not sodium or potassium? Does this mean I can get my daily iodine by swimming in sea water?

    • John

      Na and Mg of course can pass through the epidermal barrier (as can iodine). i.e. think of when you sweat. Think more about the concentration of the Na or Mg in this case on either side of the skin. It has to be much greater on the outside than the inside for it to pass through – the gradient. It is not as efficient a means as across the intestinal wall but it does pass. But through the digestive track can be problematic for some people if they try taking too much in one go. So for absorption through the skin the key points are how concentrated is it, how much surface area and the length of time. This is why people put it on their skin at night and wear a tight clothing – some people find it itchy. I put it on my back and wake up much more fresh. I know I am deficient in magnesium through regular hair analysis. Putting Epsom Salt into baths is another way that people endeavor to absorb more magnesium through the skin. Being aware that compounds can pass through the epidermal barrier is a really important thing to understand especially if you are putting on creams and lotions regularly. You can check the FDA website for advising people about the likelihood of unintended absorption of chemicals into the body.

      Blinded studies – not going to happen. If you have ever tried it on your skin you will know the study won’t be blind. Those putting on the Magnesium Chloride will know they have got the real thing. If you can get a sample or simply buy a tube rub it on your hands and then try and wash it off with trying to lather up from a regular bar of soap – its a really strange sensation.

  • Norma Runge

    I have been having muscle cramps in my legs and from time to time my fingers also stiffen and cramp. Does Magnesium chloride help to prevent the cramping?

    • Tina Pugli

      It helps …since I started taking it I got a nice improvement….Less muscle pain and cramps

  • PantherSequoia

    Someone recommended I make mag-o-hol from magnesium chloride and vodka, for help with neuro-muscular problems with my arms. I ordered some magnesium chloride from an aquarium supply place and it came labeled not to ingest. So I’m trying to send it back. Next I found some at a health food store, but it is also labeled “for external use only”. I’m new to this – can I purchase a grade of magnesium chloride that is deemed safe on the label to ingest? Or is this something that I can ingest, despite the warning not to

    • Tina Pugli

      In the health store you can find easily a brand named “magnesium 2000 “….that is the one I’m taking

    • Two other good brands of oral magnesium chloride are Trace Minerals Research “Mega Mag” liquid ionic magnesium chloride (About $13 for a two month supply) and Re Mag which is recommended by Dr. Carolyn Dean, the author of “The Magnesium Miracle”. It costs about $27 for a two month supply. I have only tried the Mega Mag, and it has really helped me. They probably both taste really bad, (I know for a fact the Mega Mag does) so when you take the magnesium with the provided dropper, just put a dropperfull in a little glass with some Odwalla OJ (since vit C helps magnesium to be better absorbed) and drink it back.

      The stuff tastes bad, but it is so healing that it is very important to take.

  • Maggie Chlor

    There are literally thousands of PubMed clinical papers supporting ORAL magnesium supplementation.

    The International Transdermal Mg Industry relies upon a pilot paper by Dr Waring in UK and another by Watkins and Josling to support Dr Sircus’s ‘discovery of topical absorption that changed world medicine in 2005’.

    The transdermal proponents then cite numerous well researched papers in support of magnesium supplementation but they all refer to clinical trials involving ORAL absorption. They hitch their transdermal wagon to the vast store of oral Mg supplementation trials to apparently support their newly discovered topical vector for which there is scant evidence.
    TOPICAL ABSORPTION MAY NOT WORK and relying upon anecdotal or placebo evidence is not advisable for people who are really Mg deficient.

    When will the transdermal proponents subject their proposition to the same level of scrutiny that the oral supplements have?

    Until randomised, double blind, placebo based clinical trials that can be replicated by peers, the ORAL delivery method of Mg supplementation is recommended.

    For those interested try an internet or PubMed search for “Transdermal Magnesium chloride” you will find Dr Sircus, Dean and Shealy each quoting the other and the pilot studies. Thats all there is. Now search for Oral magnesium chloride and you will find thousands of references to proper clinical trials in which ORAL magnesium has been proven effective.

    • Hi Maggie, I use both the oral magnesium chloride (Trace Minerals Research “Mega Mag” ionic liquid magnesium chloride, and I use Ancient Minerals topical magnesium oil on sore muscles and joints.

      I agree with what you say, that you really can’t get enough magnesium absorbed through topical use alone and oral magnesium chloride is much better, however, I will not be without my topical oil as it works excellently on any ache or pain I might have. So I recommend anyone to have magnesium chloride bath flakes or topical magnesium on hand always. But I also know, from my own experience that one cannot get in enough magnesium into the blood stream through topical magnesium alone. (e.g. I am so magnesium deficient that if I do not get enough daily, I will get horrendous restless leg syndrome in the evening. And I have tried just using the spray on oil and I got restless legs in the evening. This is also how I know which brands are better than others, because if they are not so well absorbed, and I always take the USRDA, I will get restless leg syndrome in the evening)

      So to get enough in, always take a liquid magnesium chloride like Trace Minerals Research “Mega Mag” or ReMag which Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of the magnesum miracle advises to take. But also have topical magnesium chloride oil and magnesium chloride bath flakes on hand as they are invalvuable for any aches and pains one might suffer.

    • John

      As I wrote in reply to your earlier post, double blind trials are not possible – people will know. Yes, oral is likely better method of absorption unless the gut of itself has a lot of ongoing issues. Unfortunately this (gut issues) is more common these days and those with problems may think they are eating healthy but are deficient in many nutrients. I agree it would be nice to see a robust study but it is problematic in its execution. It won’t be blinded – it is itchy on the skin for many people and when you try and wash your hands its almost impossible to lather up using a bar of soap.

      So for people that are deficient like me, I use both oral and transdermal and find it works better than either by itself.

      The fact that so many people do find it beneficial means that its a lead worth following and figuring out a way to run a clinical study just so the banter stops back and forth.
      A study may have already been done but published in a different language. My friend is a Doctor in Bulgaria. His comment one day was one of the very, very, few good things that communism did was it continued focus on natural therapies and herbs because there was not the commercial drive to dominate with synthetics. You can see now some attention in the medical world to finally looking into bacteriophages. These were studied in countries behind the iron curtain but not really looked at in the West. Now we are running out of road with antibiotics, researchers at medical universities are taking this option seriously and no longer just in the east. I see they are researching them at a medical university now in Auckland New Zealand. And when were these first discovered by OBSERVATION in the early 1890s, by Ernest Hankin when he was puzzled why dead bodies of people infected by Cholera was not affecting all those who came to bath in the Ganges further down the river like what he saw in Europe at the same time.

      • Maggie Chlor

        Hi John, thank you for your reply. Our clinical trial is underway using a 50% glycerine as the placebo. The trial is on dialysis patients experiencing muscle cramping, its double blinded, randomised and crossover every 2 weeks. I’ll keep you posted. What evolutionary pressures could have driven mammals to have a redundant magnesium pathway ( skin ) for Mg absorption? Why is Mg the only essential mineral cation capable of passing the epidermal skin barrier? The concentration of Mg in sea water is equivalent to Dr Sircus’s recommended Mg bath concentration. Do people swimming in the ocean receive their RDA of Mg? Should people on low salt diets avoid swimming in the ocean. I cannot find any structures within the skin that can regulate and control the absorption of Mg to prevent overdose. I find it incredibly irresponsible of the transdermal industry to suggest people abandon oral Mg supplementation until such question can be answered. They may be creating a public health catastrophe by denying the traditional oral absorption pathway.

  • Barbara Young

    Hi there, I was told that Magnesium Chloride can be rendered neutral in regular bath water that distilled water is required ? Is that correct?

  • Fantastic website. A lot of helpful information here. I am sending it to some buddies ans also
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  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on skin rashes.

  • Christina M. Henry

    In the US you can buy Magnesium Chloride in a bottle (liquid form), to be used as a laxative. I add it to a lotion that I make for my skin. I love it. I also noticed that WalMart sells it in a capsule to be taken internally and in flake form next to the Epsom Salts. I don’t remember the prices except for the Magnesium Chloride in the bottle was $0.98. That’s really cheep.

    • I think you are confusing magnesium oxide with magnesium chloride. Walmart or CVS or Walgreens etc do not sell any magnesium chloride products and magnesium that has a strong laxative affect is usually magnesium oxide. This is because the oxide part is not bioavailable and absorbable to the body. In a PubMed study, magnesium oxide was only 4% bioavailable.

      I used to confuse magnesium oxide with magnesium chloride too. Magnesium Oxide is the worst absorbed type of magnesium and so works as a strong laxative. And Magnesium chloride is the best absorbed type of magnesium.

  • Tanya

    I purchased Magnesium Chloride flakes from Amazon and made the oil myself. 1/2 C filtered boiling water and 1/2 C magnesium flakes and stir until dissolved. I then put it into blue glass spray bottles. This stuff is FANTASTIC! I have never slept so good! I also feel much more relaxed during the day. There is something to be said for that as I’m a stay at home Mom of 3!

    • Jenny

      Hi Tanya, what part of your body do you spray? the belly?

      • angathome

        spray the bottom of your feet – leaves a sticky sort of residue but good absorption there.

    • Ahmad Mokhtar Ali

      Tanya do you spray that magnesium flaks as sprar on skin or take it orally?

      • You should spray it on your skin anywhere you have aches or pains. It will burn on mucous membranes or cuts though, so be careful with that.

  • This is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  • Charlie Brown

    I have severe Psoriasis and have had it for 20yrs + I have scars
    everywhere from head to toe, I have been treated with everything from
    Methotrexate to Enbrel, and every topical treatment from Tar
    everything to creams, ointments etc.
    And now I am in Remission, and it works in a hurry. I was searching one
    day and ran across a little info on Magnesium
    oil, I bought some on E-bay for an outrageous price, like $28.00
    bucks, I tried it and OOOOO

    MYGOD, it works!!!!!!!! since then I have bought the flakes from
    another source and I am making my own which is so easy its sick. I
    will post the directions here in a bit. I tried it just as the
    mixture shows…. it can be diluted with more water if needed, anyway
    I sprayed it on my worse areas first (WARNING) it will burn like WoW!
    for a few minutes and then just feel warm after that, but don’t do
    like I did and spray it on your Groin area ………. Talk about
    Flaming Balls!!!!! Wow.

    I also sprayed it under my arms (armpit) because its suppose to get
    into the body better there, it also eliminates the need for
    deodorant, (it Works)

    I now do not have the constant Itch, giant flakes, and it seems to be
    working on all my areas, even my scalp! and I have not even used it
    there. Knees, ankles, stomach, elbows Everything is clearing up !!!!

    • Mesha Edwards

      may I ask what your Mg. source is?

    • Mary

      Look up Dr John Pagano and his “Healing Psoriasis” book He has an excellent program for it and eczema you can do for yourself at home, with photos. It may work even better in combo.

    • trav

      Flaming balls haha! Lol. Yea I have psoriasis that comes and goes. I have it flaring up right now as I’m doing a detox. Man magnesium oil stings real bad on psoriasis, but it seems to do a good job at clearing it up.

  • Rebekah

    Hi I understand that topical oil is better for absorption. Can you tell me if effects such a s gas and bloating are common when taking orally in liquid form?

    • Gas and bloating can be caused by so many things but generally magnesium chloride liquid ingestion does not cause this. Transdermal application is best because it bypasses the digestive tract altogether giving us direct absorption through the blood stream.
      Claudia French

  • Maria

    I have muscle pains and burning in my legs. Searching for the right type of magnesium I found this information. I want to try this one to help heal my body of pain. I just want to make sure this is the correct magnesium to try. My magnesium level is at a 1.8. Any advise is appreciated.

  • dare2baware

    My dog suffers with IBS & Epilepsy. NOTHING seems to work on him, so I am looking into salt therapy. I haveweaned him off of the phenobarb (he’s off them for 3 months now) and am weaning off of the Potassium Bromide. My vet claimed some time ago not to add ANY additional salts as it would make the Potassium Bromide from ‘working’. How can I give my dog the Epsom Salts (maybe Himalayan pink salt) while he is on the Potassium Bromide (325 mg divided in tow doses a day).

    • dare2baware


      • Claudia French


        I have no idea. You could get a consultation with Dr. Sircus and speak to him directly about what might work for your pet. Others have had some success using Magnesium oil in the water dish or massaging the pet with it.

        Himalayan pink salt is not the same as epsom salts…which is much higher in magnesium.

        Claudia French


    • Kallio

      Hi please dont give your dog epsom salts which is magnesium sulphate and will be toxic to your dog,rather put one teaspoon of magnesium oil which is magnesium chloride and is safe as it is beneficial. you should buy dr. sircus book on transdermal magnesium and dr carolyn deans book the magnesium miracle.

      • Kallio

        sorry missed out to put the mag oil in the dogs drinking water

      • IMVAUser

        Dr Sircus always recommend Magnesium chloride…

    • Mary

      Coconut oil has been found to stop seizures – they love it.

  • MochaCafe

    How can this help with autism?

    • Mochacafe,

      Dr. Sircus has written much on autism and how his entire protocol can be helpful. Most autistic children are found to be deficient in magnesium, according to studies.
      How magnesium chloride can be helpful can be found here:

      Here are other essays related to autistic children and Dr. Sircus protocol:

      Claudia French

    • m

      it’s mot the magnesium, it’s sulcate that helps with autism. So you will be looking for Magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt) rather than Magnesium Chloride. Also, not in form of solution applied topically but by taking a bath.

      • watch out for sulfate. autism (at least Asperger’s type) can be caused by genetic mutations such as MTHFR and CBS mutations. And if you have a CBS mutation, your body will not be able to properly metabolize and excrete sulfur and sulfate chemicals, so magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) will be toxic for you. Unless you know for a fact that you do not have a CBS mutation, do not use magnesium sulfate (epsom salts). You can however use magnesium chloride bath flakes. I have a double CBS mutation so I know what I am talking about with this. For more info on CBS mutations go to Genetic Genie or Dr. Jockers webpage about CBS mutations.

        • Mary

          I have to say that with that genetic marker it is actually those substances which trigger the marker to turn ON. So if it can be turned on it can theoretically be turned off. And this is what the science is showing , that genes do not necessarily rule us unless there is an environmental factor that can trigger it. …………….Then my mind goes to ….. if it is just sitting there and has to be turned on….then how was it developed to begin with?- how did the gene become a marker? Was it always there? Could environmental factors have caused the gene marker to develop to begin with?? Veeery possible. Autism of every degree is being reversed around the world . My daughter’s reversed after 6 years since her vaccine shot at 2 weeks (which had a severe adverse effect) with natural protocols.

          • Hi Mary, I agree. An excellent book about epigenetics is “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton PhD. I too had problems with the MMR vaccine. I got it as a child and still contracted mumps. Later, unaware of vaccine dangers and unaware of my mutations, I decided to get another immunization for it since I could not prove that I had had the first. (The Master’s in Nursing program I was in required proof and I was 40 and my childhood doctor long dead)

            So I went and got the shot and it made me very ill. Large grape sized lymph nodes appeared immediately all along my shoulders and neck and I had a fever for a very long time afterward, plus it made me manic and I had to drop out of nursing school. I could not do my schoolwork or follow assignments because of it.

            And I did not know I was manic,much in the same way that someone who has been dosed with LSD does not realize that they are not right in the head, because it sets off your thinking, such so that you cannot decipher what is wrong til after the fact and you have gotten back to normal.

            At any rate, the 2 years that I took the college med courses to get into school, could not be used for nursing, because in order to work in a hospital, you must have MMR vaccine or have a positive titre test. So far I have had 3 MMR shots. 1 more than most people have and my body still does not make antibodies to MMR (probably due to my mutations) so I fail the titer test.

            Vaccines can be weathered by those without sensitive genetics, but for those with significant mutations, they can really cause problems. Everyone should get their genes mapped before getting vaccines. Most do not need to worry, but some do.

          • Mary

            Hi Becca…. so sorry you had to go through all that : ( …
            I love Lipton, have the book too (another is Dr. Joe Dispenza and his workshops)……

            I still wonder if the “genetic” markers (MTHFR and CBS etc) are not created during gestation or at birth BECAUSE of environmental factors…. such as at birth K shot, Hepatitis vaccine (a genetically modified one) and eye antibiotics…. or all the infant vaccines BEFORE your/one’s Genetic testing is taken (Rotovirus is also GMO).
            It would be interesting to look at the genetics at birth and then again a few times years after to see if any genetic changes have occurred. That would be the real science. (Though I still do not discount true genetic predispositions.)

            Diabetes used to be a “genetic” predisposition. Now diet reverses diabetes. And considering all the members of a family consume the same foods for generations… the predisposition could have been environmental – the same foods they all ate. That thought hit me when I took my mom and found she was diabetic. Got her on a diet and it was reversed – at age 65 after 15 years of diabetes to the point of needing insulin injections.

            There is also for example the Brain scans that are done to show evidence for ADHD – which they assume is the cause of ADHD – a physical brain aberration or such. (But these are taken after the fact – AFTER the damage has occurred usually at teen age. Too preliminary to assume as predisposition.) And yet…. stroke victims also show physical brain aberrations after a stroke. And brain being “plastic” – changing simply with thought and nutrients… well…. there is a lot it all points to, and unknown.

            BUT… the known is that all these current diseases became epidemic after the 80s.

            Autism alone is 1 in 44 today! And that diagnosis is not the only neurological damage seen after vaccines (or whatever). So the numbers – the damages – ARE MUCH higher.

            If all due to mutations… then why seeming mutations all of a sudden?? When did they start to appear? Correlation is the first scientific observation – but further digging is essential.

            And all this GMO in food business – we still do not know those potential effects (horizontal gene transfer) or how those affect us overall – being that also vaccines target our immune system (whether GMO or not), which is also linked to our enteric nervous system which is throughout our intestines (and their over 500 million neurons). Being also that serotonin and dopamine and their pre-cursers are produced IN the intestines by food and microbiome (Dr Natasha Cambpell reverses bi-polar, others, and even schizophrenia with her GAPS Diet – and before that Orthomolecular Medicine, as well as Weston Price diet, were doing the same). oh….

            Are you aware of the recent find that the brain has lymph vessels? Yes! They used to think there was no lymph association with the lymphs in the rest of the body. Now they have to re-think the whole potential of what this may mean. So… between the enteric nervous system and all that…. to me meaning that vaccines can have definitely an effect on the brain! …. and then what does this say about our genes? In the lab they CREATE Autism for studies.

            There is the need for in depth investigations – which are not being made.

          • Hi Mary, good points. As far as problems arising since the 80’s there are two factors that correlate with that time point.

            First: People started eating more processed food which contains MSG and MSG severely depletes B6 which affects neurotransmitter production. Both dopamine and serotonin need B6 for proper synthesis. Also, it has been found that mother’s consuming MSG while pregnant, alter the metabolisms of their fetuses so that the resulting children will have a much higher propensity to become obese, even on a sensible amount of calories. So basically MSG and the severe B6 depletion it causes result in things like metabolic syndrome which can result in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

            And since, MSG results in less dopamine and serotonin produced, it affects the brain and thought and behavior patterns as well.

            The second thing that happened was: In 1980, the FDA and Donald Rumsfeld of Searle industries pushed aspartame/ Nutrasweet out onto the market. And aspartame, like glutamate (MSG) is a neurotoxin, an excitotoxin, as Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills” has pointed out. So aspartame’s, wholesale distribution in many popularly consumed drinks, this brain cell killer, has also affected these numbers.

            Both MSG and aspartate, in addition to depleting B6 stores, deplete magnesium and when magnesium is depleted, more strokes occur and when B6 and magnesium are depleted there is more difficulty in neurotransmitter production, and this shows up more readily in those who already have genetic mutations that affect their ability to absorb and metabolize magnesium and B6, which then affects their ability to synthesize neurotransmitters. So persons with sensitive genetics are the first to show impairment from these dangerous brain cell killers.

            Canaries in the coal mine, if you will. And as Dr. Blaylock has said, studies show that these chemicals not only affect those ingesting them, they affect the genes of their progeny as well. So each successive generation is born with a lower base store of B6 and magnesium, and then through their own ingestion of such substances, they lower that store further. And, as both of these nutrients are needed in over 400 enzymatic reactions in the body, there are many seemingly unrelated health consequences as a result of this wholesale and daily “poison” ingestion.

            You should google Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills” and also a link to a youtube video with him talking about the dangers of both aspartame and MSG/ glutamate with the health ranger. I did not put the links because of “moderation”

            (My genetic mutations make me so magnesium and B6 deficient, that I cannot even eat flavorful tomatoes due to their naturally high levels of glutamate, so I am very aware of the neurotoxic properties of too much glutamate in the system, even if it is naturally sourced)

            I think you will enjoy many of Dr. Russell Blaylock’s videos.

          • Mary

            Yes definitely, I left those out. You give an excellent explanation and I hope others read your post! My nutritional optometrist’s colleague was the scientist who discovered aspartame, he just wanted to get rich and stroke a deal with I think it was Coke. So grateful Dr Blaylock has the umph to stand up for the facts. Wish we had more medical doctors like this that support their patients as doctors with a conscience should. Neurologists are the first ones to make the connection being that so many CNS are affected. I wonder what it will take to reverse the mutation – I know there is something already that has shown reversal of mutations but I can’t remember what it was or what type…. Thank you for your reply!

          • Mary

            BTW… FYI… Homeopathic protocols exist to reverse vaccine damage, as well as does NAET. Call any Homeopath or NAET practitioner with advance experience and ask if they are trained in this. I wish I knew this for my own daughter at the time. …. There is also a more controversial frequency medicine protocol now available in the US, though sparsely, from Germany: Biontology or “The Chiren.” Via photon frequencies. I know someone who reverses Bi-polar and some cases of autism with it. It is expensive though and takes a number of sessions, but every one is different.

  • Basel Almutawa

    Trace Mineral Research has a product in the name ” Ionic Magnesium “, is this form the same as Magnesium Chloride as what you recommend, being the most effective and absorbed form in the body?!
    Please explain in details.
    Otherwise, what brand name would you recommend and where can we get it from?
    Thank you Dr. Sircus.

    • Basel,

      Dr. Sircus prefers the use of magnesium chloride transdermal oil over oral products though ionic magensium products may be better absorbed than some other oral products if they are truly ionic. Transdermally magnesium will bypass the gut where many absorption problems arise.
      Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil can be purchased from LL’s Magnetic Clay :
      Their website also has a great deal on transdermal magnesium chloride and you can find more in Dr. Sircus’ book on Transderal Magnesium Therapy available from or from our publication site.
      Claudia French

  • Ozzie

    To mix 33g of magnesium fakes in one litre of cold ,previously boiled water ,
    Drink about 50ml with each meals .

    • Raw Decathlete

      do you take it?

  • fata

    how long is ok for using it?

  • Steve Tyler

    Hi everyone, you can add trace amounts of mag chloride to your drinking water… I put just enough in that I can taste it… you can do this in every glass of water you drink. You can also add it to the water you cook with, etc. It’s a salt, so you can use it with anything! If you use too much, you may get diarrhea, so just back off the amount at that point.

  • Mspencer

    Does anyone have a formula for making water using sodium bicarbonate, magnesium chloride, potassium bicarbonate? Where can these be purchased?

  • moritz saabel

    Hello, I want to know if MgCl2 can also be taken safely when you have teeth Inflammation and even myocarditis? Thanks!

    • moritz saabel

      I suggest you get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this and provide him with more needed information since myocarditis involves a range of problems from mild to very severe which might affect the treatment. There can be a wide range of damage in myocarditis, though mag chloride and Dr. Sircus entire protocol should be helpful in general.
      Generally with dental inflammations magnesium chloride will be very helpful.
      Claudia French

      • moritz saabel

        Thank you very much for your help!

        best regards

        2014-07-31 15:51 GMT+02:00 Disqus :

    • GG

      Absolutely yes in both cases. It is very beneficial in any condition that involves inflammation – the root cause of any chronic, degenerative disease.

      • moritz saabel

        Thank you very much!

    • Mary

      Look up proteolytic enzymes in combination with anti-oxidents. A current clinical trial (with a Jon Barron formula baseline nutritionals) is on because proteolytics has been found to dissolve plaque in the vessels and heal them, even the heart vessels. AND another effect is the disappearance of dental plaque (and healing gums). ………………..But also, gums may be caused by lack of vitamin C and K2-MK7. K2 will heal gums by making the calcium go where it needs to be and not on teeth or joints or veins (But also research your medications – they may be creating this as well. Many drugs produce side effects or harm other organs in the process. So supplementation can help. See a Functional Medicine or Naturopathic physician practitioner).. Check with your doctor that you can take supplements like K2 with heart meds etc. or look for a doctor willing to work with you.

  • mhikl

    One evening his week I got hit with gout in my big toe. I should have had it verified but a needle to the toe is too much to ask.:) I also look upon allopathy as one might look upon war crimes. Instead, I needed to learn everything about it, pronto. It came upon suddenly, I had not stubbed or knocked my toe in any way.

    That evening I ate a whole pineapple (all we had on hand that pertained to gout). The toe and surrounding area had become swollen and felt like it would split open. Even a sheet on the toe was excruciating. I did not think to soak my foot in cold water. I did not sleep a wink that night. It was the worst pain I have encountered since Grade 3 when I twisted my ankle whilst making a home run.

    Day 2 I ate 2.5 Kg bing cherries and tried to keep the foot elevated. (A little over doing the cherries I was to read.) I was drinking a lot of water. I spent the day researching and started taking a pinch of baking soda in my water. I was a little worried about taking the stuff. I also elevated my feet that night with a chesterfield cushion at the end of the bed to help maybe drain the foot and toe. That seemed to help a little.The sheets and blanket were not as painful on my toe and foot. I was able to sleep a little that night but every twist and turn still woke me abruptly.

    Day 3 I began taking alkalising soaks in the tub with 2 lbs baking soda, 2 cups epsom salts and 1/2 cup borax (kills bacteria, fungus, etc.) twice a day. Less fearful of the baking soda I began to alkalise my drinking water by adding 3 tsp baking soda, 1tsp liquid Magnesium Chlorite, 1 tsp borax and a half cup Sour Cherry juice to a 2 litre pop bottle. I also soaked 2 Tbs crushed celery seed in a cup of water for two hours. I drained the water and set it aside. I then warmed up another cup of water and gently heated it and the wet seeds for ten minutes on the stove. I strained it through cheese cloth. The seeds I would add to my cooking and the seed juices and structured water were added to my 2L bottle of the drink I had begun calling Grout Rot. Chilling it and adding about 4 Tbsp Xylitol made it more palatable and since Xylitol has anti-bacterial and fungal properties I though it might help. I was taking vitamin C as well. My gout had become a little more manageable and I could get round the house well enough. My dining fair is Ketogenic Paleo and the only protein I would now allow was uncooked beef tendons and cartilage which I had discovered cured both our dog’s and my hip problems so maybe it would help my toe-don’t really know. Cooked ones do not help our hips. (No more liver for a while, alas.) I could walk a little better but my toe still wasn’t touching the ground. Slept really well, waking around five with the pain noticeable, so had another swig of Grout Rot.

    Day 4 was even better. I could do everything with out pain. There was still a nod that the gout was determinedly around but it was really not that bad. I resumed walking the dog and was getting in about 2 km walking. Again I was awoken by the ache in the early morning but I had my drink ready. The pain seems to return if I have not had a good slog, 200 ml or so every 2 hours, so I began having a bottle at my side at all times. I also increased the baking soda to 4 tsp per 2 litres GR.

    Day 5. I was again woken, but much later this time, by a throbbing in my foot. I drank the water and got up to have a good soak in the tub as noted before. The day went well, my toe was almost back to normal and seemed to touch the ground as I walked. I walked almost 4 km and was not limited in any way. The ache was more a ghost of pain, a memory that more haunted my worries than hurt my toe. I also have begun to add a tsp of wet Celtic Sea Salt (from France) to the Grout Rot drink.

    Day 6. Again I awoke to a ‘notice’ that the pain was lurking about but this time my timer woke me. I shall continue my protocol (same drink, occasional soak in tub) for the rest of the week— and then Grout Rot, slightly modified, will be my juice forever, though I am adding another litre of my structured water and halving the Tart Cherry and just adding over-night soaked celery seed water (1/2 tsp). The soaked seeds will then be taken on their own or added to cooking. I now also spray a mix of 1tsp baking soda, 2 tsp Magnesium Chlorite and 1/4 tsp borax to a 2 ounce spray bottle of water that I spray on my body and especially on my feet and toes, let dry and then again spray, three times a day. I use the whole bottle up. (When I kill a fly, it gets double whacked and I am applying the same philosophy to this horror called Gout. I do not want it ever again to set foot in our house.

    I doubt any protocol is going to be universal in its mend, but we can learn from each other and modify to our best aid.

    Namaste and care, Gout afflicted,


    • Gerry

      Did you actually drink borax?

      • Xoie

        Lots of people take borax in tiny amounts. It is the mineral boron and helps many ailments.

    • Charzie

      If you had eliminated all animal products for a week or two all your issues would have resolved.

    • If you have gout, you might have a CBS mutation. This makes it so your body cannot properly break down and excrete sulfur and this can increase the chemicals that cause gout. I advise you to get your genes mapped with 23andme dot com to find out if you have any genetic mutations that can influence this, so you can be more specific in your treatments for it.

  • Barbara

    I need to know how you prepare the magnesium chloride to drink.

  • Barbara

    How do I prepare the chloride magnesium to drink?

    • Dana Mccarthy

      Barbara, this taken from another Dr Sircus article:
      Dr. Raul Vergin offered the following guidelines for oral intake of a
      2.5% Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate (MgCl2-6H2O) solution (i.e.: 25
      grams or approximately one ounce of pure food grade powder in a liter of
      water). The quantity of elemental magnesium contained in a 125 cc dose
      of the 2.5% solution is around 500 mg.
      Dosages are as follows:
      Adults and children over 5 years old 125 cc
      4 year old children 100 cc
      3 year old children 80 cc
      1-2 year old children 60 cc
      Over 6 months old children 30 cc
      Under 6 months old children 15 cc

      125 milliliter = 4.2267528 ounce [US, liquid]
      cc and ml are equivalent

  • Trez Johnson


    • ainthurtinnobody

      If you are taking the right dosage it is quite possible that you are suffering what chiropractors call retracement or what is commonly referred to as a herxheimer reaction or healing crises where the symptoms at first actually get worse before they get better. You can google herxheimer and get plenty of information on the reaction. It may help set your mind at ease.

    • klunge123

      maybe abit late (since this was 5 months ago) but Fat soluble vitamins are more important such as vitamin A, D and K2. vitamin C is also a vital factor, so don’t just rely on magnesium even though it’s important.

    • Grace

      I hope I’m not too late with the answer: If you have gout – stop eating foods leaving residual purines in your body ( adenine, guanine, theobromine, caffeine) it means no cocoa, no tea, no coffee, also no sardines, red meats, organ meats, alcohol and sugar among most offenders. Eat home-made organic plant based, Paleo and gluten free diet with lots of lemon water in between. Use Castor Oil Pack to heal the painful site. Detox with Candida Cleanse Kit. Go see a Holistic Nutritionist in your area to devise a Healing Protocol for you and your body chemistry. It’ll give you recipes ideas and lifestyle guidance. Good luck!

      • This is good advice. This is sort of how I have to eat and it is because I have a double CBS mutation which means that my body cannot properly break down and excrete sulfur and so then it breaks down into other toxins in my body like ammonia and excess phosphorus and causes problems. In addition to taking magnesium chloride and a very small amount of Emerald B Healthy B complex, I take 1/2 of the RDA of Molybdenum to detox my body of excess ammonia from the sulfur I cannot get rid of. So I basically also avoid foods high in sulfur and phosphorus, which are basically all the bad foods you have mentioned above.

  • Hello : First I want to thank Dr Sircus and his team for all the info and the job they are doing to help us. My question is I am a Massage therapist and I start using magnesium oil on my client , I start to feel my skin ( on my hands is getting rough & dark ) like sand paper is there any advice ? thank you so much.

    • ana

      yes, stop using it please.

  • lisa

    My 16 yr old hurt his wrists snowboarding in Feb. No bones broken. But keeps feeling pain. I am no convinced the medical community hssxan answer. I sm thinking msg Chlor can he a big help. Vee just order msm from young living and I have liquid magclor as well as transdermsl cream with the mag chlor in it. Any suggestions for a riguroud approach to healing this. Also I know mag Detox’s. How do I help him through that
    In past it has called increase twitches
    Thank you

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Lisa,

      I’m sorry to hear about your son’s situation.

      Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

      Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.

      Best Regards,

      Maurice Guggisberg

      IMVA Support Team

  • Ralicia

    What about if you have Ghout? my brother is in alot of pain because of it, right now actually unable to walk because of the pain. I’ve had some people recommend this cloride good or bad? anybody know?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Ralicia,

      I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s situation.

      For that kind of advice, you need a consultation with Dr. Sircus. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.

      Best Regards,

      Maurice Guggisberg

      IMVA Support Team

    • robe

      I am suffering from gout attack since i take it orally magnesium chloride flake which dissolve in half glass of water of few amounts only two days its amazing my gout miraculously is gone

    • mhikl


      I am in the same situation as your bother. Besides Magnesium you need to look up Dr Sircus’ protocol for Backing soda. I add 4 tablespoons Baking Soda to a 2 litre pop bottle along with Magnesium Chloride (2+ tsps), 1-2 tsps wet Celtic Sea Salt and about 120ml (4 oz) Tart Cherry juice (no water added product). Many suggest taking this 2-3 times a day but I find I have to use it every four hours to prevent the pain from returning. I cannot get through a night without waking from the pain in my toe and foot so I keep a bottle by my bed and drink 4-6 oz when woken. On an empty stomach it seems to take but minutes to get relief. I drink it upon waking and then every three to four hours there after. I don’t drink it before eating and not for 90 minutes after eating. I do not combine high carb/starch/sugar foods on my Primal diet.

      When it was at its earliest painful stage, I began using hot soaks with 2 boxes Baking Soda with 2 cups epsom salts in the bath to help. I have begun to add a quarter cup 3% hydrogen peroxide as well. I use 1/4 cup borax in the water too, but do not know if it helps or not.

      Gout seems so personal that one has to find the individual protocol to fit his needs. I shall continue my drink from now on, adjusting as I do my research.

      Best wishes, it is the worst pain I have ever experienced and I refuse to use the chemicals of Allopathy.

    • MeMe
  • Mandy

    HI there! I have just started using magnesium chloride oil a few days ago. I suffer from back pain due to a bulging disk, pudendal neuralgia, and heart palpitations. my back pain is gone. I figure the other two make take a little longer to get better but im also more balanced emotionally. I was like a bomb going off every 5 mins and since i started magnesium oil i have mellowed out. And feel happier all around. But My question is Can this work for chronic venous insufficiency? My father in law has been living with it for years. He is in a constant state of pain and tired of taking the pain meds plus its becoming harder and harder to get them. He takes naps in the day to get off his feet but he is a wood turner and works on his feet all day. He develops ulcers that are extremely painful. Could this work? and how should it be applied? He wears high compression socks. Please help. He is a good man and i hate seeing him in so much pain.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Mandy,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

      Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • Mandy

    can i do the transdermal magnesium oil therapy while pregnant? or planning pregnancy?

  • Hi. I have bought from Amazon a 1kg Magnesium Chloride in flakes, with the idea of making the solution to drink. But the item says ” for external use” I did not pay attention to it and so far in a year of using it my husband and I have had a lot of benefit from it. Can Dr Sircus advise me if I am doing anything wrong?

  • rick

    does it make a difference what brand of magnesium flake we use for our drink?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Rick,
      You only need to use a pure magnesium.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • Íris Caricato Crisp

    Eu comecei hoje, espero anciosa os resultados! Tenho recomendações confiáveis.
    Obrigada e boa saúde para todos.

  • kathleen

    I can’t seem to tolerate the liquid magnesium chloride. It gives me terrible gas & rumbling in my belly. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Kathleen,
      You can use small doses during the day e you can use a better dose before sleep.
      Best regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Publications Support

  • Michelle

    Hi, I have been spraying on mag chloride liberally now for the past couple of months. I am detoxing heavy metals at the moment and I know I am deficient in magnesium (shaky tongue, muscle cramps). However after this time I am still getting regular muscle cramps in my feet. Is this solely a magnesium deficiency? It almost seems the more Mag I use, the more my body needs. I am also reading a lot online about having to give your body other supplements if taking magnesium, such as Vit K and Vit B6 and also calcium – is this true? Also read that Boron can help the body retain magnesium. It is getting confusing. Some words of wisdom appreciated.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Michelle,
      Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

      Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

    • robe

      try it to take orally only small dose dissolve in water very effective. muscle crump in my feet is gone only for two days in take its amazing.

  • Capucine Fit Chick

    im lookig for it like crazy in the US i only saw this in France ! please let me know where i can purchase MAg Chloride !!!

  • vic

    I purchase magnesium chloride flakes in 25 kilo/55lbs from jedwards international for $67.00 shipping runs the bill up to a little over a $100.00.if you purchase more the shipping cost get lower.

  • SallyJ

    I am interested in the foot baths…how much magnesium (and is it pure mag. for a foot bath?) or should it be diluted? and how long would the mag. be good for in a matter of days?
    thank you…Sally

    • Sally,

      Dilute the magnesium in water….enough to fill the container you are using. Start with a small amount (about a half cup of oil or flakes) and gradually increase that amount with a few days in between raising the amount used to see what your reaction is. A footbath should always be made with water plus magnesium.
      Claudia French

      • SallyJ

        thank you Claudia…will do!

  • Courtney

    Could someone give me guidance please? I’ve battled constipation, even more so after a hysterectomy. I don’t want to be dependent on suppositories and stimulants, so I started magnesium. I found that I do not tolerate magnesium well when taken orally. Will the oil spray also have a laxative effect?

    • Courtney, the topical magnesium oil will not have the effect of helping with constipation since it bypasses the GI tract.
      You could also try a daily dose of coconut oil……or twice a day…this also helps. Maybe switching what kind of magnesium you are taking orally would help also.
      Claudia French

      • Chika Warren

        That’s not true. Using magnesium chloride topically can absolutely relieve constipation. It is doing that with me now. I was relying on mag citrate for years to go and finally able to give it up and replace with transdermal mag chloride. I go easily and daily now. I apply all over my body the night before and go the next day. I read of another woman on an IBS message board who had the same results.

    • Larissa

      Magnesium citrate is mildly laxative.

  • Alex J Burckhardt5

    My nephew sent me info about the magnesiun chloride, and search a little in the internet for secondary efects and so forth, since I did not found any problem I started to take one small cup early in the morning and then before I go to bed, I suffer from arthritis and I also have problems with four herniated discs, the change in my pains was a lot different, I also take morfin 6% about 4 or 5 drops four or five times a day, since I starter with the magnesiun cholride, I take the morfine once or maybe twice a day and sometimes nothing; I highly recomend it, I’ve been with the pains since de year 2000, now we are in 2013 and I wish I could take the time back since I started with my pains

  • esibonis

    hi, what if somene has a hypothoryd? how can be helped?

  • James

    There seems to be much comment on the net regarding whether Mag Oil is absorbed through the skin,or not.Are there any reputable studies to clarify this issue?

    • James you can find the study by Norman Shealy, the Father of Holistic Medicine who compared elevation of magnesium levels by using mag oil in body spraying and foot baths compared to oral use of mag supplements. Its also referenced in our Transdermal Magnesium Book along with a few others.
      Claudia French

  • Virag

    Where can mag chloride be purchased?

  • Oscar Schwartz

    I live in Argentina and I´ve found magnesium chloride in every pharmacy at very low prices. I mix it with 1Lt of boiled water and I take two liqueur small glasses per day. I´ve found that I am overcoming a serious case of 5 herniated disks and I am feeling quite well from a case of almost complete inmobility. I havent had any bad reaction, like diarrea. I also use it by preparing magnesium oil for intradermal application, another conquest of this incredible metal. I mix 3 parts of chloride flakes with 2 parts of cold boiled water. This is another fantastic contribution to improve your body muscular and bones pains.

    • Ari Zimlev

      OSCAR, please reply to me at I need to know how you prepare the magnesium chloride to drink.

    • Sukabeno

      Am not sure if I cld easily find Mg Chloride in Malaysia. Hwever, just like Ari Zimlev, I’d love to know too how to mix for drinking. Kindly email me at: Tqsm!

      • Giuliana Torelli

        I’m in Costa Rica and my physical therapist recommended it to me. You can buy it in every pharmacy. You have to dissolve that powder or flakes in “cold-boiled water” or filtered water, or unsugared juice) and drink half a glass every brand has it’s different way of taking it. the one i bought you take 1/2 a tsp twice a day.

    • Stan

      Oscar would shear with me what amount mag chloride to water you mix to make iLT

    • dare2baware

      Hi there. In one ltr of boiled (cooled I guess) water, how much epsom salts do you add for internal use? Thank you.

      • Dr. Sircus recommends only the most pure magnesium be used for ingestion and only under certain circumstances. Magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) is not as readily absorbed as magnesium chloride and its effects do not last as lonng in the body. If sulfur is needed, and it is needed, he prefers that a separate source of sulfur be obtained and taken.
        Please see:
        Claudia French

  • Raquel

    Can you tell me how do I use Magnesium chloride? Say I have the flakes, how much do I use and how often?
    What do I use it with? want to detox my body, no particular ailment.

    • Raquel, start off with a small amount of flakes such as one cup in a full bath and as you get used to this you can build up to 4 or more cups in a bath. But do so slowly. For detoxing you should do this about once a week or twice. Mica is a great addition to mag chloride for a detox bath, but you will have to search the web for a source. You can also add in a lb. of sodium bicarbonate.
      Claudia French

  • Lori Niell

    I have been looking for transdermal magnesium for over ten years. I do not absorb oral magnesium and have to get it by weekly magnesium sulfate injections for over 20 years! My injection sites are ruined, and I MUST find the transdermal magnesium. My computer is not good enough to try and read an e-book, have printer issues, so I cannot print something that long…. I REALLY wish that book was available the old fashioned way.. A nice paper copy! Since that is unavailable, I just want to buy the product!!! Where can I find it?!?! (Thanks!)

    • Dear Lori,

      The 2nd Edition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is available as a paperback or hard cover copy through or through the publisher….so you can still get this copy.
      Also you can purchase the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil that Dr. Sircus recommends from this site:
      Bath flakes are also available there.

      I hope this help with your condition, definitely mag chloride is better than mag sulfate as it generally has longer lasting effects in the body.
      Claudia French

    • Jim Prentice

      Lori, I,too, have magnesium problems and have been relying on mag. infusions and blood tests twice weekly. To eliminate injection site problems I have a PICC line in my arm where the injections and blood taking are done without breaking skin. Others have had a permanent “port” installed in their chest for even simpler access. Ask your doctor about PICC lines and Ports.
      Using magnesium chloride as transdermal spray has increased my magnesium level by up to 25% in biweekly blood tests.


    magnesium chloride the best for detox ,why then Epsom salt is what so popular ?

    • According to magnesium researcher Jean Durlach, when looking at the compairison between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride “it seems that the large clinical use of MgSO4 (mg sulfate) results more from routine habits than from clinical pharmacological or toxicological data.”
      Claudia French
      IMVA .

  • Bob Baumgardner

    I purchased the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil today, and will start using it as soon as I get it. I also ordered Magnesium carbonate water from Noah’s in CA.
    How much oil can I put on my body daily?
    The water has 24 mg magnesium per bottle of water,

    • It is generally recommended that if you have good working kidneys you can use up to 1 or 2 ounces per day of magnesium oil on your skin. This is quite a bit and will depend on your tolerance and reaction. Its always advised to start off at a much lower level and work up. If kidneys are well functioning, you will be able to excrete any excess magnesium that your body doesn’t need.
      8 sprays of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil contains about 100 mg of essential magnesium. onto the skin.
      If you drink 4 bottles of Noah’s water per day this will provide about 100 mg. of magnesium which is higher than the content in most other waters available to us but depends on how much of this your body can absorb and utilize. Drinking magnesium bicarbonate water which Dr. Sircus recommends is another option. For more information on how much magnesium oil to use on the skin please see the Instructions on LL’s Magnetic Clay site: Claudia French

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      Bob Baumgardner
      I purchased the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil today, and will start using it as soon as I get it. I also ordered Magnesium carbonate water from Noah’s in CA. How much oil can I put on my body daily?
      The water has 24 mg magnesium per bottle of water,

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      • Shi Symbol

        Claudia querying if it’s ok for an 85yo relatively healthy woman to use magnesium chloride oil on the skin to help with cramps which are when she gets them are very debilitating and twist the body/limbs so much she is in pain for a few days after. She has kidney function at about 50% hence the query in light of your comment re having good working kidneys. thanks

        • 50% kidney function is getting pretty low and increases the chances of accumulation of magnesium that cannot be excreted adeequately/ Be veruy cautious and vigilant and make sure everyone knows the signs of overload which can be found in the magnesium book. Studies are starting to come out showing magnesium is needed in kidney dysfunction but be cautious. Use it sparingly and less frequently.
          Claudia French

  • Julia

    Can I take it during pregnancy, and if yes, how much is recommended ?

    • Pregnancy cannot be normal unless magnesium levels are adequate.

      The concentration of magnesium in the placental and fetal tissues increases during pregnancy. The requirements for this element in a pregnant woman’s organism generally exceed its supply; hence, pregnancy should be considered a condition of ‘physiological hypomagnesemia’.[1]
      Please see this essay by Dr. Sircus on using magneesium during pregnancy:
      Claudia French

  • ursula

    I got the Magnesium Chloride but lost the recipe how to dilute it with water and drink a shot-glass 2 times a day. Can you help me?
    Ursula Schneider,

    • Ursula,

      I don’t know about a specific recipe for mixing in a shot glass but here is what Dr. Sircus says about drinking Ancient Minerals orally with water or juice:
      Each spray of Magnesium Oil contains approximately 18 milligrams of elemental magnesium.[5] An ounce would contain just over 3,300 mg. Five sprays in a glass of water would thus be almost 100 milligrams.[6]
      Three to five to even ten sprays of magnesium chloride in a glass of pure water or juice is an excellent way to take magnesium internally. It assists digestion, counteracts excess acidity in the stomach, and delivers magnesium swiftly into the bloodstream for distribution to all the cells of the body. Minerals like magnesium in ionic liquid form are vastly superior to pill forms. Much more magnesium will get absorbed and absorption will not depend on hydrochloric acid levels.

      You can take more than a few sprays in a glass of water…you can take it up to your bowel tolerance then cut back till you find a confortable amount to take.

      Claudia French


    • Chloe Blue

      You have the magnesium chloride flakes, correct? I buy Life-flo brand from — a really great deal for almost 3 pounds of it — for only about 14 bucks….seriously!!!

      I had been using very expensive “Natural Calm” for years and am SO HAPPY that
      I don’t have to spend all that money now….plus the “Natural Calm” ran out SO quickly. That stuff was 25 bucks for only 8 ounces! ugh!

      Recipe for you !!!!

      What you need:

      1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes

      1/2 cup distilled water

      A glass bowl or glass measuring cup

      A glass spray bottle

      What to do:

      Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture. Put the Magnesium Chloride Flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the bowling water over it.

      Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

      To Use:

      Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily. I use 10-20 sprays per day. It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.

      You can leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. I usually apply after a shower and then use coconut oil or a lotion bar to moisturize about 5 minutes later.

      I take it internally also…about a tablespoon at night….I usually forget to take it twice a day, but if you’re good at remembering to do it, I’ll bet twice a day is more beneficial.

      I hope this helps!!!

  • MK

    I have just started using magnesium chloride, spray on oil, and while I am excited about this I seem to have rapid detox and within a day or two am feeling no energy, flu like or lethargic.
    I then decide to back off a few days to regain my strength. Any suggestions? I also ordered iodine but do not want to begin taking that until I am settled in somewhat with the magnesium. Thank you. MK Washington State

    • Some detox symptoms may occur when you first start using magnesium oil. You were right to back off for a bit. Then start off at a lower amount or dilute the mag oil in half water. This usually passes in about a week and then you can slowly start with the iodine.
      Claudia French

  • Ed O.

    Hi, I am in the water treatment business with an emphasis on providing drinking water for better health. I’m curious if anyone has tried using Mag Chloride as a post stage to a reverse osmosis system or whether it would be recommended. Presently I use Mag Oxide (corosex) in granular form, which does not dissolve, as a post stage which raises the pH to approx. 9 – 9.5.

  • CLYV

    What happens to sulfate ions as compared to chloride ions in the body is an interesting question, the acid in our stomach is solely due to free hydrogen ions–chloride ions are not necessary. What may be an issue is the sulfate ions are a strong enough base to bind some of the free hydrogen ions. This is something that would affect digestion of food and may affect the absorption of magnesium ions.

    • Here is Dr. Sircus’ exsplanation of the role of chlorides in the body and why its better to use magnesium chloride rather than sulfate. This is not to say that some people need and benefit from the sulfate form for its sulfur content.

      In Dr. Sircus’ essay he states :

      he goes on to explain the benefits to using magnesium chloride over magnesium sulfate.
      Thank you for raising an interesting point!

  • Eduardo Angenscheidt

    I have a story of 10 years taking magnesiun chloride flakes with very good results.
    In Uruguay you can buy it at every pharmacy or drugstore, little and big quantities, at very low prices.
    Buy Dr.Sircus books, they are very well written and informative. Everything is clear there.

    • Eduardo,

      Thank you for sharing! We are always interested in magnesium chloride availability in other countries and how its used!

    • Prishtina

      an you send any addres from uruguay for magnesium chlorid in email:

      • Prishtina,

        What I recommend is that you contact LL’s Magnetic Clay Co who distributes the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil. They have distributors throughout the world and can direct you easily to a source near you. Send them an email at with a request for assistance. Or phone them at their toll-free number: 800-257-3315

        Claudia French

    • Peter Hansen & Lola Feliu

      Hi Eduardo, do you use the flakes to dissolve in water for oral intake
      or are flakes only for using in baths/external application? I am
      interested in oral intake, but when I search the Internet and come
      accross Mag. Chloride Flakes the instructions for use always talk about
      using them in a bath and do not say anything about oral intake by
      disolving in water. I would appreciate your advise on this. Thank you in
      advance, Peter Hansen

      • Mark Forsyth

        Hello,Magnesium chloride has the advantage of greater bio-availability because it is applied and absorbed through the skin,thus bypassing the gut which renders oral magnesium oxide relatively ineffective.I have never encountered any reports of oral magnesium chloride applications and trans dermal use is regarded as superior for absorption as every cell in the human body benefits from magnesium.By applying to the skin surface,one gets a maximum dose and faster benefit.I hope this helps.

      • Capucine Fit Chick

        same here i havnt found any since i left Paris. And it came in powder for about 1 euro

  • Elisa

    If you are in Europe, how do you get hold of magnesium Chlorides? Taxes are very haigh
    to import. Where would it be most conveient to buy large quantities? Thank you guys, in advance. Ciaooo

    • Elisa,

      There are International distributors for Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and I’m sure there is one closer to you than the US.
      Check here:

    • Lewanna

      Hi Elisa

      Not sure, but we may be able to help.

    • Beth

      I was in Switzerland recently and found some at the local pharmacy. I went in looking for Epsom Salts and came out with a small pouch of magnesium chloride. This is what actually introduced my to the chloride form of Magnesium.

    • Chloe Blue ships internationally:

      Even with shipping, you’ll get a GREAT deal, since this stuff is a very low price to begin with…almost 3 pounds for 14 dollars!!!

      Global Priority Mail by DHL is FREE to Europe for orders between $40.00 and $80.00

      I really hope this is helpful since magnesium is SO important for all of us in EVERY country!!!

      • Claudia French

        Ancient Minerals recommended by Dr. Sircus is available Internationally, and in fact they have distributors throughout the world. You can order from a number of distributors , one in the UK. Please see this list at: Apologies for not posting this to this reader sooner! Claudia French – IMVA

        • Chloe Blue

          Hi Claudia!

          Doesn’t seem to matter what brand the magnesium flakes are….

          LifeFlo, Swanson, and Ancient Minerals are all sourced from the Zechstein Sea, so, I figure why not save some money.

          • Looked like barely enough for one bath in the amount from the site you showed. (1 lb)…that could end up getting pretty expensive to import if you really wanted to utilize proper amounts for medical purposes. At least 1 pound is needed in a medical bath and if used frequently, this adds up. espically if paying international shipping fees and taxes. But thanks for the info! We appreciate all input.
            Claudia French

          • Chloe Blue

            The Life-Flo brand, which I have right in front of me, is a container of 2.75 POUNDS — so, almost 3 pounds for just under $14.00.

            All order over 20.00, in the US, qualify for free shipping — I’ve really shopped around and don’t see anyone beating this deal.

            I ordered several containers at once and I’m glad I did since it sells out quickly at this price.

          • Dustin

            Claudia, you need to stfu for real.You are sitting here selling a product for peoples lives. If it helps them help them. I don’t think it matters wtf brand they buy. For real bitch, everyone sees what your doing. Go fuck yourself. CANNOT put a PRICE on a INDIVIDUALS HEALTH!!!

      • Pamela McInnarney

        I use the life-flo mag spray from iherb , I am in New Zealand and it ships here within seven days. It is at a very affordable price too.

  • Liv

    “Using other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body anyway.”

    Are you saying that the body turns other elements into chlorides?

  • Katonah

    Great info here. Very useful. Bravo! Must share. 🙂