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Magnesium in Neurological Diseases and Emotions

Published on December 8, 2009

Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia. Imagine being able to clear these symptoms without dangerous drugs! Magnesium is the premier medicine for depression, sleep disturbances, emotionally disturbed behavior, and neurological diseases because of its strong positive effect in calming and nourishing the nervous system.

Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be overcome with high magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450 mg of magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy. In most cases magnesium works best in combination with vitamin B6 and zinc.

Magnesium is essential in regulating central nervous system excitability thus magnesium-deficiency may cause aggressive behavior[1], depression, or suicide.[2] Magnesium calms the brain and people do not need to become severely deficient in magnesium for the brain to become hyperactive. One study[3] confirmed earlier reports that a marginal magnesium intake overexcites the brain’s neurons and results in less coherence–creating cacophony rather than symphony—according to electroencephalogram (EEG) measurements.[4]

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Symptoms that multiple sclerosis (MS) has in common with magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy, incontinence, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis. People with MS also have higher rates of epilepsy than controls, which have been linked to magnesium deficiencies. [5]

Women’s bodies are known to crave for chocolate during PMS. Some researchers believe that women crave chocolate prior to menstruation because it contains magnesium. The medical journal for the American Heart Association created a stir when it reported a study of 22 heart transplant patients who were given a dose of dark chocolate or fake chocolate. Just two hours after eating the real thing, patients had measurable improvements in blood flow, vascular function, and less clotting, compared to placebo chocolate eaters who experienced no change.


Chocolate cravings are potentially a sign of a magnesium deficiency since chocolate is high in magnesium. Though it is widely accepted that chocolate affects our moods, few make the correlation between magnesium and emotions. People often report when eating chocolate that their mood is elevated and they feel better. This elevation in mood is temporary and when the effect wears off, subjects again reverted to their previous state of mind. The mood changing effect is greater when magnesium is used medicinally in high doses, which is most efficiently administered transdermally. Chocolate is not high enough in magnesium to be used medicinally and would be undesirable because of the high sugar component of most chocolates. Natural magnesium chloride (magnesium oil) is more effective to raise cellular magnesium levels mood to affect moods positively.

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Magnesium deficiency or imbalance plays a crucial role in the symptoms of mood disorders. Observational and experimental studies have shown an association between magnesium and aggression, [6],[7],[8],[9],[10], anxiety, [11],[12],[13], ADHD, [14],[15],[16],[17], bipolar disorder, [18],[19], depression [20],[21],[22],[23] and schizophrenia [24],[25],[26],[27]. The two most basic requirements for the normal operation of our brain are a sufficient energy supply and an optimal presence of biochemicals involved in transmitting messages. Magnesium is crucial in both the production of energy and neurotransmitters, and the integrity of the blood brain barrier. Solid neuroscience connects magnesium to neurological disorders. [28]

Depression and other emotional disorders of the heart are addressed most directly with magnesium. There is a definite link between how we feel and the condition of our cells. If we think of our cells as a microcosm of our total self, then we can see how cellular degeneration can affect every aspect of our being. When our cells are open, permeable and healthy we feel happy, energetic and optimistic. But when our cells become rigid (from excess calcium and insufficient magnesium) they become closed off and toxic, which can lead us to feel depressed with low energy and pessimistic moods. The condition of our cells will affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The healthy cell is permeable. This means that nutrients are able to pass into them efficiently to be absorbed and the toxic byproducts of metabolism are eliminated. When the cells are healthy the polarity of the cell is correct, i.e., there is intracellular potassium and magnesium as well as extracellular sodium and calcium. The cell in this state is healthy, and the person functions optimally both physically and emotionally. The unhealthy cell is not permeable. This leads to unhealthy cells with sodium and calcium going inside the cell, and magnesium and potassium being lost.

[1] Bernard Rimland. While no patient has been cured with the vitamin B6 and magnesium treatment, there have been many instances where remarkable improvement has been achieved. In one such case an 18-year-old autistic patient was about to be evicted from the third mental hospital in his city. Even massive amounts of drugs had no effect on him, and he was considered too violent and assaultative to be kept in the hospital. The psychiatrist tried the B6/magnesium approach as a last resort. The young man calmed down very quickly. The psychiatrist reported at a meeting that she had recently visited the family and had found the young man to now be a pleasant and easy-going young autistic person who sang and played his guitar for her.

[2] C. M. Banki, M. Arato and C. D. Kilts. Aminergic studies and cerebrospinal fluid cations in suicide. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 487, Issue 1 221-230, Copyright © 1986 by New York Academy of Sciences

[3] This is the first experimental study in which magnesium intakes were tightly controlled and EEG measurements were analyzed by computer so they could be statistically compared.

[6] Izenwasser SE et al. Stimulant-like effects of magnesium on aggression in mice. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 25(6):1195-9, 1986.

[7] Henrotte JG. Type A behavior and magnesium metabolism. Magnesium 5:201-10, 1986.

[8] Bennett CPW, McEwen LM, McEwen HC, Rose EL. The Shipley Project: treating food allergy to prevent criminal behaviour in community settings. J Nutr Environ Med 8:77-83, 1998.

[9] Kirow GK, Birch NJ, Steadman P, Ramsey RG. Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlation with symptoms. Neuropsychobiology 30(2-3):73-8, 1994.

[10] Kantak KM. Magnesium deficiency alters aggressive behavior and catecholamine function. Behav Neurosci 102(2):304-11, 1988

[11] Buist RA. Anxiety neurosis: The lactate connection. Int Clin Nutr Rev 5:1-4, 1985.

[12] Seelig MS, Berger AR, Spieholz N. Latent tetany and anxiety, marginal Mg deficit, and normocalcemia. Dis Nerv Syst 36:461-5, 1975.

[13] Durlach J, Durlach V, Bac P, et al. Magnesium and therapeutics. Magnes Res 7(3/4):313-28, 1994.

[14] Durlach J. Clinical aspects of chronic magnesium deficiency, in MS Seelig, Ed. Magnesium in Health and Disease. New York, Spectrum Publications, 1980.

[15] Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B. Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res 10(2):143-8, 1997.

[16] Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B. Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res 10(2):143-8, 1997.

[17] Starobrat-Hermelin B, Kozielec T. The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test. Magnes Res 10(2):149-56, 1997.

[18] George MS, Rosenstein D, Rubinow DR, et al. CSF magnesium in affective disorder: lack of correlation with clinical course of treatment. Psychiatry Res 51(2):139-46, 1994.

[19] Kirov GK, Birch NJ, Steadman P, Ramsey RG. Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlations with symptoms. Neuropsychobiology 1994;30(2-3):73-8, 1994.

[20] Linder J et al. Calcium and magnesium concentrations in affective disorder: Difference between plasma and serum in relation to symptoms. Acta Psychiatr Scand 80:527-37, 1989

[21] Frazer A et al. Plasma and erythrocyte electrolytes in affective disorders. J Affect Disord 5(2):103-13, 1983.

[22] Bjorum N. Electrolytes in blood in endogenous depression. Acta Psychiatr Scand 48:59-68, 1972.

[23] Cade JFJA. A significant elevation of plasma magnesium levels in schizophrenia and depressive states. Med J Aust 1:195-6, 1964.

[24] Levine J, Rapoport A, Mashiah M, Dolev E. Serum and cerebrospinal levels of calcium and magnesium in acute versus remitted schizophrenic patients. Neuropsychobiology 33(4):169-72, 1996.

[25] Kanofsky JD et al. Is iatrogenic hypomagnesemia common in schizophrenia? Abstract. J Am Coll Nutr 10(5):537, 1991.

[26] Kirov GK, Tsachev KN. Magnesium, schizophrenia and manic-depressive disease. Neuropsychobiology 23(2):79-81, 1990.

[27] Chhatre SM et al. Serum magnesium levels in schizophrenia. Ind J Med Sci 39(11):259-61, 1985.

[28] Murck H. Magnesium and Affective Disorders. Nutr Neurosci., 2002;5:375-389: Murck showed many actions of magnesium ions supporting their possible therapeutic potential in affective disorders. Examinations of the sleep-electroencephalogram (EEG) and of endocrine system points to the involvement of the limbic-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenocortical axis because magnesium affects all elements of this system. Magnesium has the property to suppress hippocampal kindling, to reduce the release of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and to affect adrenocortical sensitivity to ACTH. The role of magnesium in the central nervous system could be mediated via the N-methyl-D-aspartate-antagonistic, g-aminobutyric acid A-agonistic or the angiotensin II-antagonistic property of this ion. A direct impact of magnesium on the function of the transport protein p-glycoprotein at the level of the blood-brain barrier has also been demonstrated, possibly influencing the access of corticosteroids to the brain. Furthermore, magnesium dampens the calcium ion-protein kinase C related neurotransmission and stimulates the Na-K-ATPase. All these systems have been reported to be involved in the pathophysiology of depression. Murck et al. also demonstrated induced magnesium deficiency in mice to produce depression-like behavior which was beneficially influenced with antidepressants.

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

Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

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  • Toral

    I enjoyed the article on magnesium. My problem is I went through innumerable trauma since childhood. Now if a person raises voice or is a cold personality. My brain stops functioning for weeks. I m so confused with little things , I start shivering,loss of voice and low confidence. Recently my friends gave me flaxseed oil and magnesium. I think I am feeling good and less confused. I just want to know can I continue magnesium for my whole life. Do I need get magnesium tested.
    Thanks waiting for reply.

    • wendy spezowka

      Yes Toral you can continue taking it , great to make magnesium oil using 1 litre distilled water and 1 cup magnum chloride flakes and pour into spray bottle and after shower spray all over yourself or add 1 cup magnesium chloride flakes to a tub of water and soak it in:) Taking magnesium orally always take with B6 Bs are important and we get them by taking bee pollen:) 1/2 tsp To get tested properly is hard as you need to ask to have your magnesium RBC checked not serum as you need to know if the magnesium is actually getting into your cells:)

  • pen dog

    Dear Dr Sircus

    I am looking into natural ways to treat my neurological condition: I have cranial dystonia, previously named meige syndrome. i have had this for five years with no success from neuro treatments. I would appreciate any guidance/insight you may have on my condition and the use of magnesium. My blood tests do not show deficiency, but i have read that testing is unreliable for magnesium deficiency. I am 41yrs and female, fighting off hopelessness.
    Kind Regards

  • Dolores Beddia

    I have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) for twenty years now and it has been getting worse with age ( I am 62 female). Is there anything up to date that you might suggest.

    • Veronica

      Try removing all wireless devices—including the transmitting utility meters that have been installed by the water, gad,k and electric companies. Get rid of all cordless phones, CFL bulbs, dimmer switches and cell phones (of keep them on airplane mode. Do the same for all tablets and unplug ALL wireless gaming systems (they still transmit even when you are not playing them). Many, many people are experiencing tinnitus due to something called “microwave hearing” in which people are sensitive to the microwave signals but pass it off as getting old. There are many people whose symptoms are gone when they can protect themselves from microwave and radio frequency radiation. Not only does it cause tinnitus, it can cause vertigo, burning sensations in the skin and head, heart palpitations, fatigue, immune probles, neurrological problems, flashes of light in the visual field and the thing with the worse prognosis is glioblastgoma multiform–the most aggressive and deadly cancer. Studies going back 50 years show this all to be true but the industry is keeping it quiet.

  • IMVAUser

    Hi, Magnesium will help her greatly, you can find a good information in the link below
    Best in Health,
    IMVA Support Team

  • Atlanta Girl

    Try switching to transdermal magnesium chloride, aka magnesium oil, and do it in the evening – it should be relaxing you a lot for sleep. And, yes, I went gluten/dairy/processed food free as well and it made DRASTIC improvements to my (former) chronic insomnia and joint pain.

  • Santino

    The information in the text is not equal to the information of the literature. The references are saying that there is no benefit or correlation between magnesium levels and mental disorders. Some people even seem to have too high magnesium levels?!

    Is this fake information on this site or what??

  • Dawn Simmons

    Please help! Will magnesium oil help severe leg muscle cramps!! My mom gets them so bad she cries! & mag pills cause diarrhea….please help.. thank you

    • Hi Dawn.

      Magnesium oil rubbed on her legs before sleep should help quite a bit. It helps many so its worth a try.
      Claudia French

    • Juanita

      Place a bar of regular soap like ivory under the sheet at the foot of her bed. You may laugh or think I am crazy but believe me it works. what have you got to lose???

  • Erica

    Hi, I was recently diagnosed with MS. I have been trying to find a more holistic way to treat symptoms since I do not want to ruin my liver nor continue to inject myself with what I like to call poison. Do you think that magnesium would be a good way to treat symptoms?

    • Hi Erica,

      Yes magnesium would help in cutting the inflammation…..please also see this essay which shows other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocol which he recommends for MS such as iodine and cannabinoids:

      Claudia French

    • Rhea Graham

      Smokeless Cannabis Remedies are fantastic for those who suffer with MS. Please learn more, you will be glad you did.

  • Ericka Linge Mayo

    I am on this therapy and didnt know why, now i do, and i must say it does help! I am on it for problems with neuropathy and muscle issues like MS symptoms! I was excited to read this!

  • Nick

    I tried to find an answer here but wasn’t able to. I suffer from what appears to be a usually dormant form of epilepsy, suffering what ranges from mild auras to full on convulsions (usually occuring in the morning through to mid-afternoon, but rarely during the evening and night). I recently started taking small doses of magnesium chloride (consumed orally, mixed with juice or water) – but need to know WHEN i should take it. I would assume in the morning, but would like confirmation. Thanks!

    • Nick you will have to do a bit of experimentation to see how it helps the most. Either before bedtime, or in the am should be fine….but if you find you want to try a higher dosage, split the total amount into two times per day, 12 hours apart. Consistency of magnesium levels is important when treating for seizures. Using transdermal magnesium oil therapy may be more effective for you because it won’t cause any diarrhea as higher dosages of any oral magnesium will.
      Claudia French

  • G

    I have just found your article and am very encouraged to read the great effects magnesium has in our bodies. I was diagnosed with MS last nov 12, have now started a vitamin regime to help eliviate my symptons. I was on a perscribed drug which eventually caused more fatigue and started bladder problems. Today I have started magnesium citrate 150mg 2x a day. The fatigue has lifted and spasms and walking is easing. I used to take magnesium in a multi with similar good effects. It also helps low mood and sleep. I highly recommend this to anyone…give it a try.

  • Jay Dee

    My brother-in-law has a neurological disease called Cortico Basal Ganglionic Degeneration or CBGD. Do you think that it is possible that a protocol that includes Magnesium be of any benefit?

    • Jay Dee,

      Magnesium is crucial to so very many enzyme functions in the body (over 300) that is is beneficial in any condition. We are all deficienbt inb magnesium and its role in healing is indisputable.
      Claudia French

  • Kathryn

    I began having seizures about 4 years ago. I have high anxiety – actually an anxiety disorder and severe panic attacks. I also suffer from insomnia which has been going on for 20+ years. I am 47 years old. I have had a couple of MRI’s and was told I do not have epilepsy. I get weakness in my legs and an extreme aura before each of my seizures. Some last just a second and I have either fallen down or just down to my knees – a few have lasted more than 5 minutes and ended up in an ambulance 3 times. I am reading all of this and it is all too familiar. My neurologist says I have a low threshold for seizures – seems to be his only explanation – they are definitely brought on when I have had little sleep (I can stay up for 3 days straight) and my anxiety level is high. Could this be as simple as Magnesium? I do have regular check-ups and they check all my levels and have never been told it was low. I’m also Hypothyroid – diagnosed when I was 25.
    Thank you,


  • Sus

    Im taking 50mg Zoloft in morning vitamin d thyroxine and 2 lithium tablets at night can I use magnesium oil or will it effect the lithium medication??

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Maybe the magnesium will help to decrease the need for the other meds……but you need to get on Dr. Sircus’ whole protocol.

      We have not heard of probelms with magnesium and the lithium. If anyone knows differently please let us know.

  • Rajiv

    i took magnesium supplement orally since i was feeling depressed and anxiety and also had migraine problems. although it solved my mentioned problems, oral intake of magnesium supplement of about 400 mg of magnesium oxide daily or intake of 75 mg of magnesium hydroxide daily is making me feel very aggressive which in turn is making me feel very artificial and hollow from inside. pls give solution. thank you.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Try using transdermal magnesium oil instead of magnesium oxide tablets,

  • kim garza

    i was diagnosed with epilepsy on aug 13th 2010. i have been taking 1500 mg of keppra daily ever since and am extremely concerned about the long term effects of the medication. i was recently told by a friend to research the correlation of magnesium deficiency and seizures as a possibility for eliminating the medication. i would like to know your advice on this situation. thanks, kim p s i am terrified at the thought of having more seizures and possibly having to give up my independence.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Kim,

      We have had reports of people with seizures using magnesium oil and the seizures have diminished or stopped.

      Our research has shown us that in the past some doctors have used magnesium even in difficult or intractable seizure disorders and the seizures have stopped.

      We recommend using magnesium chloride applied to the skin instead of taking magnesium orally..its much more effective that way.

      Please read :

  • Lee

    This is in response to Dana, who’s 9 year old son developed tics and behavior problems “out of nowhere”. Please research Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (acronym PANDAS). This is a newly recognized disorder similar to rheumatic fever that affects the basil ganglia. Dana, please try to find a PANDAS knowledgeable Dr. to treat your son immediately. Your regular pediatrician will probably not know what you are talking about. The sooner it is treated the less chance of the symptoms becoming chronic and worse. I have experienced this first hand with my own son, so please do not wait 8 years as I did.

  • Ahmad

    Hello, I am severly deficient in magnesium since I have multiple multiple symptoms of magnesium deficiency (heart palpitations, foggy thinking, fatigue, severe tetany like muscle cramps). This is partly due to the fact that my diet was very low in magnesium and high in Calcium/vitamin d.

    I have recently started taking transdermal magnesium. It definately seems to be helping but the effects do not last long and the symptoms return (within 20 minutes), moreover I can’t seem to tolerate magnesium e.g. if I take more than 200mg of the oil I seem to feel very slow and sluggish (overdose type symptoms, However kidney function is normal). Perhaps since my body has been deficient for so long it has to become adjusted to magnesium.

    I have read Dr. Sircus’s Transfermal Magnesium Book but it doesn’t go into details about specific dosages. I would like to ask how exactly should dosage be increased i.e. how long does it take for your body to tolerate magnesium if you are severely deficient. E.g. is 100mg increments a week enough or can I increase it quicker because I would like to get better soon.

    Thank You.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      The symptoms of sluggishness and slowness after using magnesium oil sould like this is the effect of the relaxation that magnsium gives, by relaxing the muscles and is why it is such a great sleep aid. This is not the same as overdose symptoms which would involve difficulty breathing and other symptoms. Please read about these symptoms in the Transdermal Magnesium book so as not to confuse them with the positive effects of magnesium chloride.

      Are you taking this orally? If you are you might want to cut back on the ammount and/or take it at bedtime so you can go directly to sleep afterwards. If you are using it transdermally (preferred) you can use 1-2 oz /day and this will help to bring your levels up in about 3-4 months with regular use. If you increase an oral dose you risk having diarrhea which would limit the amount of magnesium actually being absorbed in the body.

  • Harsha

    I have had seizures (mild yet quite frequent). I had all tests like EEG, MRI, infection possibility etc. Some abnormal activity was detected in amygdala region (emotional centre). But I don’t remember any test with magnesium angle.

    My current drug intake is Eptoin – 300 mg and Tegrital CR – 1000 mg . So what are the safe modes of magnesium intake?

    How much epsom salt baths would help

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Please read Dr. Sircus book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy for information on the best way to raise your magnesium levels, which is through absorption of magnesium oil through the skin, not orally.

      Much information is on our magnesium site:
      clicking on the various tabs will take you to our various essays on mangesium and which products and how to use them.

      Magnesium chloride has helped many people with intractable seizures to stop having them. Epsom salts are not as effective as the effects of epsom salts are not as long lasting as it is with magnesium chloride.

      Dosages are advised in consultation with Dr. Sircus only and not on these sites..


  • linda roper

    im not commenting i would love 2 no im on 75 milagrams of zoloft every other day and im doin ok i do have occasional low times but want 2 gradually come off this .iwant 2 no as i have put weight on due 2 eating a lot of sweet stuff can i take magnesium citrate

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      You can probably take magnesium citrate, but the IMVA recommends using magnesium chloride instead so it bypasses the stomach where absorption problems frequently occur. Get some Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and start massaging it into your skin daily.

      • Michéle Chellebean Gibbs

        Where should the oil be applied and is it best to apply in the am or pm? With B6? I hope it will help with my MS issues. Thanks!

        • Please get Dr. Sircus book on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. The oild can be applied to as much of the skin as is possible. arems leges, abdomen , back etc. You will need to start slow and guild up some tolerance. Many peoplke use baths or foot baths for administration also. Once or twice a day is common but again it depends on your tolerance. it can make you sleepy so before bed is a good time .
          Claudia French

  • Dana

    My 9 year old son has been struggling for the past 6 months or so with motor ticks that came out of nowhere…as well as behavior problems he has never experienced or exhibited before, all increasing in intensity for the past few months. I am going to try this therapy for him as I do not believe he has ADHD. I have a son who is mildly autistic and an adopted daughter with fetal alcohol effect, both treated for ADHD…my 9 year old son has no learning disabilities, and I just know inside that it has to be something else going on…
    I’m unsure where to start or the dosage to try, but any information or advice would be welcome. Thanks

  • Herminia

    HELLO. My dear husband, Was diagnosted with lyme disease, parkinson and recently with prostate CA, he had the seeds implanted on 1-5-2012. I will like to know about Magnesium benefits, I used with him Magnesium Citrate, in big tablets, is
    helping a lot with the Parkinson. Which form of magnesium is the best to use, and why .Sincerely Herminia

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Herminia,

      I’m glad you are finding some benefit from the magnesium you are using. IMVA recommends using Ancient Minerals magnesium oil (which is a natural form of magnesium chloride) instead of any oral products as it is more readily absorbed from transdermal applications and bypasses the intestinal tract which often prevents absorpiton. This has shown great improvement in Parkinson’s disease and we have some great testimonials from people who have used this.

      Ancient Minerals is available from LL’s Magnetic Clay Co :

      I would recommend that you read all you can about transdermal magnesium chloride on our Magnesium for Life website at:

      Magnesium also plays a huge role in cancer treatments, as does sodium bicarbonate, iodine and many other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocols.

      And Dr. Sircus will soon be publishing a new book, an introduction to cancer treatments….watch for information on this in his weekly newsletter and blog postings.

      • ben

        Hi quesiion my spanial has ben waking up at 4 am a few times and spasiming….the vets check and his bloods are fine and its not sezuires or eplisy…hes totally cohereant but cant sleep till they stop.could magnesum help him?

        • We hear that many dogs have magnesium deficiencies that can manifest in a number of ways. Try adding a few drops into his drinking water or rub some on the dog’s belly and see if this helps. It has been reported that it does.
          Claudia French

  • sarah

    Hi there,
    I need help….My dad suffers from epilepsy. He is 59 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 9. In the last two months his seziures have took a turn for the worse. He has been put on new medication recently which is causing very bad and extream side effects to the point where he can not be left alone at all. At the moment the doctors dont seem to know what they can do but allow him to become ammune to the drugs.

    I met this lady randomly in the surgery the other day and we began to talk. She gave me this website to look at. I have orderd the book (magnesium for life) but in the mean time i could do with some advice..
    I would like to introduce the magnesium to dad but also dont want to make matters worse..I dont know what to do..Please Help!!!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Sarah,

      We have found information , referenced in the book, to how doctors have treated intractable seizure disorders with use of magnesium.

      If It were me I would purchase some Ancient MInerals Magnesium oil immediately and start applying it transdermally (up to two oz./day in divided doses to the skin, depending on his response and size etc.) We have testimonies from others with siezure disorders who confirm that this has worked for them too.

      Get it here:

      Or you can get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this further and get more information for your father.

  • skye

    i have a zinc deficiency bad an magnesium and calcium deficiency. if i use 30ml of oil per day will this help with my zinc deficiency. i notice that my zinc def symptoms seem to worsen when i use magnesium oil or oral. how much magnesium should i use to help with the zinc def. i know it will help my calcium. im on 80mg mg of zinc per day.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear skye,

      For most people 30 ml of magnesium oil/day should not be a problem. This is one ounce of magnesium oil. Its not clear why using magnesium should negatively affect your zinc levels. Depending on your specific condition more magnesium might be recommended, for example if you are a body builder who loses more magneisum than others do in daily workouts. Dr. Sircus recommends up to 2 oz. (60 ml/day) for most people (if applied on the skin). You would need to talk with him directly for more discussion on the problem with zinc and magnesium.

  • Yuseph


    I am 40 years old and working in Saudi Arabia.
    I have taken various medicines. However, there is no much success.

    What would you recommend for me?

    Thank you so much for your help.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Yusef,

      First read over the many essays on the site :

      Everyone needs magnesium for many things. Generally Dr. Sircus recommends magnesium chloride, iodine and sodium bicarbonate for everyone. You don’t say what you are feeling or want to treat making it difficult to be specific about what you should do, so I suggest you take a look at the publications site to see the many books available on the things that Dr. Sircus recommends.

  • treewo

    Thank you for your quick response:) I will try it. What symptoms or reactions should I be watching for?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      I’m not a vet familiar with animals so I would check with someone who is, but look for difficulty breathing and symptoms similar to what humans feel when they have too much magnesium……altered heart rates etc.

  • Treewo

    I have been on Magnesium oil for over 2 months and love the overall affects it has on my well being:) I have a dog who has a lot of issues including allergies which makes her chew her paws. I would like to start her on Magnesium oil and was wondering if it would be harmful to her. If it is okay to use on her, where I would rub it on her to get the best results?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      You could use some magnesium oil on your dog….rub in on her tummy start with a very small amount and see her reaction……and you should also break up some spirulina and put it into her food….it also helps reduce allergies!

  • I am constanty in a lot of pain as I have developed Electromagnetic Sensitivities after being exposed to the frequencies from the Smart Meter 24 hours a day since the beginning of September. A week ago I started using the transdermal magnesium chloride in full baths and it is making a wonderful difference. I still often get localized pain when I get zapped but as long as I soak in a magnesium bath for 1 and !/2 hours in the morning, the whole body pain is gone for the day. If I have gotten several painful sites that I cannot get rid of with a “cold’ or low level red laser, then I have another magnesium bath at before bed and that mnakes all the difference to getting to sleep and having a restful sleep.

    I now also get constant heart palpitations all day from these frequencnies and have found that spraying the trans magnesium chloride into the palm of my hand 5 times and then rubbing that into my chest stops the heart palpitations for a few hours at least – a bath will stop the heart palpitations for several hours and I am finding that having a magnesium bath everyday is causing me to have less and less heart palpitaions even with more exposures to the frequencies. After doing this for the last week, I now do not have constant heart palpitations everyday anymore — just 3 or 4 times a day when I get additional zapping from other things I have now become sensitive to such as computers, my fridge, and driving past cell towers. The biological symptoms from the frequencies/radiation from smart meters, cell towers etc become stronger & more frequent as time goes by – the effects of these Radio Frequencies Microwave Radiation are accummulative with each exposure.

    A month ago I started having Petite Mal seizures combined with temporal lobe seizures all the time too courtesy of the smart meters – now I have at least 12 seizures a day, everyday. The magnesium does reduce the seizures and as I know that getting whole body magnesium levels up does stop seizures totally, I expect these seizures to cease when I get my magnesium levels up higher. This will take a few months however as I am finding that the constant exposures to the smart meter frequencies depletes a lot of magnesium from the body, so I have to get a lot more magnesium in my body to make up for this loss everyday plus increase the total amount of magnesium in my body. When I can get on the computer now I am reading articles about these frequencies as I am trying to understand exactly what the frequencies do so I can find other things that also reduce or protect the body from these frequencies.

    best wishes

  • Sam


    I have complex regional pain syndrome which I was diagnosed with 12 months ago after breaking my ankle. This condition affects the nervous system. I was just wondering if anyone knew if taking magnesium would be benefitial for my condition?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      It certainly would be worth a try with transdermal magnesium oil….. One of the biggest benefits of magnesium oil is with its use in pain of most types. Get some Ancient Minerals, a small bottle to try, and see how you feel after using it.

      Available here:

  • Barbara

    My hubby has had restless legs syndrom most of his life. When I read that magnesium oil can relieve him of this I rubbed it into his calves and right away that night he had no jumpiness and slept like a baby! Ever since then the same success except the one night he forgot to apply it. It has been a month now and we are so thankful for the relief! We are amazed! Thank you !

  • I would like to ask a question. I’m 48 yrs young have MS. On Tysabri once a month, take a daily supplement – Natures Own, Calcium & Magnesium with Vitamin D3 and making sure I sit out in the sun. gluten free diet which has helped me immensely (more than the Tysabri)? Is this ok?

    Thank you


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Diana,

      Its not easy to tell if this is “ok” for you as we do not know your symptoms or medical history. It sounds ok though IMVA prefers you use magnesium oil transdermally rather than an oral product, and you may not need the extra calcium . Dr. Sircus has been advocating for the use of medical marijuana in people with many different conditions and one of these is Multiple sclerosis which has shown a remarkable response to it. We would also advise only using a “whole food” vitamin or mineral, not a synthetic version. I do not know if Nature’s Own is synthetic or not…but just saying. The transdermal magnesium will bring your levels up much faster than the oral magnesium. You would benefit from chelating the heavy metals from your body too.

      Please see Dr. Sircus’ essay on Multiple Sclerosis:

  • Sally Puetz

    I have some Zechstein flakes and made oil. Is it ok to spray this mix in a glass of water to swallow? Is it ok to take magnesium chloride,as above,when the gallbladder has been removed? He won’t be bothered to use the oil on his body.Thank you. Sally

  • Tessa. if you are taking drugs, my experiance has been that that you will need more magnesium then you would otherwise. So in trying to figure out how much magnesium you need, you will need to take that into account.
    Also if you use mainly the transdermal magnesium then you will have a much better result in my experiance and opinion,plus it will cost you less. I find using a cup of the transdermal magnesium flakes costs me less per month then taking enough oral magnesium to give me only 1000mg of “elemental” magnesium. And unless I am 100% healthy with no colds/flue/pain/etc then 1000 mg of elemental magnesium is still not enough to stop/control seizures – but one cup of transdermal magnesium flakes daily is.

    Increasing magnesium levels to saturate the cells in the body is much like giving water to raisins to hydrate them, in my perception. And just like giving a raisin the same amount of water that will sustain a grape, is not enough water to hydrate the grape – so absorbing only enough magnesium as one would use on a daily basis is not enough to saturate the cells in the body. So in my opinion as well as my experiance, unless you take several times as much oral elemental magnesium daily as you would ordinarily need, you will not be able to saturate the cells. I know that I would not have been able to stop/control the neurological seizures I had been having most of my life using mainly only oral magnesium.

    Have you thought about using daily whole tub baths or even daily footbaths plus supplements to increase your magnesium levels enough to get the results you want? I used daily whole tub baths to get my magnesium levels up, but you would have a much better chance using even footbaths then with oral supplements in my opinion and experiance. [I bought just a large plastic pail used for washing the floor to use for a footbath, and fill it half full with warm water then add 1 cup of magnesium flakes. I place this under my computer desk and put my feet in it for 30 minutes or more while I read my email…..]


  • Tessa


    I would like to now if i can combine magnesium oil with magnesium supplements? I ask this because it is difficult for me to rub myself every day with magnesium oil and with the supplements i can use it all the time.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Oral supplements aren’t absorbed as well as transdermal applications of magnesium and cause diarrhea while transdermal applications won’t.

      If you are only going to use the oil occasionally and insist on taking the oral tabs, then it would be ok to use both. But if you use the oil regularly you would have to start watching for symptoms of overload after a while.

      I think its a shame that in our society today everyone is so tuned into “taking a pill ” to fix their problems instead of going with more natural ways to replenish their vitamins and minerals. Its exactly what the pharmaceutical companies count on. Also many of the neutraceutical companies are owned by the pharmaceutical giants these days. I hope you will rethink this and see the benefit to using magnesium oil over pills.

  • This is partly to just check in – still no seizures of any kind and no drugs since Oct.3, 2007. I now have Lyme Disease as well as the co-infection Bartonella and for awhile I had to do the footbaths twice a day or I would get symptoms of magnesium deficiency again. But have now killed enough of the bugs that I need no much more then an ordinary amount of magnesium. Life is so much better without drugs and my memory and ability to put 2 + 2 together is so much better. I wish that my memory and cognitive abilities had been this good in high school. School can be very difficult when one is having seizures everyday…….
    Hope you and Mark are well, Claudia.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hey Shan!

      Thanks for sharing this information with us and so glad to hear that you are doing so much better now!!! You really went through a olot for a long time and no more seizures….wow!! I remember the peripheral neuropathy too, when you couldn’t feel the bedsheets on your toes. So thanks again for checking in!!!

      Mark is fine and I am doing well too with my new kidney!!

  • CD

    Thank you for this. I took Accutane 18 years ago and it did permanent things to me. Was hallucinating, but didn’t know it was the drug as this wasn’t on the label. Was eventually diagnosed with “psychotic depression” and given Zoloft which cause muscle twitches and nightmares (the muscle twitches lasted 8 years, nightmares 3). I was then diagnosed with schizophrenia, put on an antipsychotic for three years which of course didn’t work. I took myself off by tapering down for one month. I had some physical withdrawal (loss of appetite and headache) and psychological (was really upset for about 4 days) until I ate a good chocolate and then I felt better. Seriously! I’m going to buy some magnesium chloride! My head has also felt like “snow” or static on a TV since the Accutane and this has not gone away along with some serious anxiety. Maybe the magnesium will help.

  • Steve

    I have used magnesium supplements for two years and mag oil for six months. I know I was mag deficient for years, due to consistent leg cramps with exercise. More recently, I was getting severe night time cramps. I was supplementing with mag water, which is great, but when I started using mag oil (slather it on to my body) I found the effect was much stronger. Even with intense exercise, cramps are absent. More profound however was the effect on mood. It is almost eerie, but if I am feeling very distractable or unfocused (or focused on the wrong thing), mag oil helps me refocus, and the effect is almost immediate.

    I use mag water and mag oil on my dog, too, who was having seizures frequently. With only the magnesium intervention I have cured him of his seizures, from 2 to 3 a month to just one in a year (got careless one week with his meds).

  • Sarah

    I was dignosed with bipolar disorder about 7 years ago but did not take the lithium they recommended, and continued to binge drink. I gave up drinking 18 months ago. I am addicted to antidepressants. I have hypo mania, and periods of depression, and can be a bit aggressive.
    Can Magnesium help this condition?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium absolutely can help bipolar disorder. Research has show that it is effective against all kinds of depression, behavior disorders and can often reduce the need for medications or eliminate their need altogether. There will be a chapter on this topic in the new edition of Transdermal Magnesium Medicine which will be available shortly. Get some Magnesium OIl and try it!

  • Etibar

    Hello ,how are you? I have my operation of ccsvi at 01 october 2010 . I would like to ask you about Magne b6 I take it 1 mounth .I have to know about it from kuweit sientists,sorry for bad english ,but cant you tell me ,is it good for people with ms or not?If its good ,how much we must to take him?

    Thank you very much

    • claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Etibar,

      Magnesium and B6 together have been shown in research to have some wonderful effects on the neurological system. However, some of these products contain inadequate (low) amounts of magnesium. Considering the numerous problems with our gut’s inability to adequately absorb enough magnesium ( we generally only absorb 30-40% of the magnesium from oral preparations) you would probably be better off using magnesium oil and a B6 supplement.

  • jill faulkner

    What would you recomend for Parkinson’s?

    • claudia


      Magnesium oil has proven to be a winner for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Sircus has had testimonials from clients who were able to regain much lost functioning after beginning magnesium massage and baths. Of course the other items on his protocol also help a lot, including adequate Vit D….sunshine.

      Claudia French

  • elke zoontjens


    Can i use magnesium oil to treat parkinson ?And HMD to detox? Elke

    • claudia

      Hi Elke,

      Yes, to both your questions! We have had some amazing reports from people who have used magnesium oil for loved ones with Parkingson’s disease. Clarity improves as well as an increase in functioning.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • sue Hilderley

    I suffer from serious depression and anxiety. I’m taking magnesium citrate 1200 mg per day and find it helpful. However I have problems sleeping. Do you have any suggestions for me. I take 1000mg in the am and 200 at lunch. I’m also taking 4 meds for depression and anxiety. cyprelex (antidepressant), seraquel xr 450 mg at night and trazadone 75mg. and clonazepam 2mg per day. I sure would like to get off some of these drugs but have to be very careful as I have suicidal thoughts. I am really pleased at how the magnesium has helped. Any thoughts would be helpful. Sue

    • ann

      Hi, I use to suffer depression until I listen to this neurologist say people who suffered depression or bipolar were gluten intolerant. I went out and bought a book on how to become gluten free. That was 10 months ago. I do not eat food with gluten and life has improved greatly. I do not take any medication now. I do not suffer depression anymore. Gluten does some horrible things to people. 70 percent of your serotonin comes from your gut. The gluten stops the serotonin. Hope this helps.

  • anthony


    I am wanting to try transdermal magnesium, but to make it myself, by taking some laboratory magnesium chloride mixed with a little hymilian salt then add water and spray onto the skin.

    is this acceptable or do i need to get the magnesium chloride found in the dead sea and other mineral deposits??

    • claudia


      The laboratory made magnesium chloride contains hydrocloric acid which is why IMVA does not recommend this. The Ancient Minerals is a more pure form of magnesium chloride which comes from the Zechstein Sea. You can purchase this in the form of bath salts or oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay at:

  • Tiffany

    I have a 9 year old son who has had involuntary tics and twitches since he was a toddler. We hoped that he would outgrow them, but instead they have gotten worse in the last year. We have increased his magnesium intake orally, but have just come across your site, and now I am wondering if topical use of the oil would benefit him even more. Have there been studies on magnesium deficiency in young children?

    • claudia

      Yes, Tiffany, there are numerous studies on magnesium deficiency in children. Try some magnesijm oil in a bath for your son.

      See the information on autism and diabetes for more on this.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Judy Burns

    Our son has had seizures for over 40 years. We’d like to try the magnesium oil. Would it interfere with his medicine? I doubt very much his doctor would go along with this-do you know a doctor in Cincinnati?Do you think we could just try the oil ourselves?


  • I thank you for teaching me about transdermal magnesium chloride. I was diagnosed an an epileptic as a child and had 3 types of seizures for 49 years for which I took drugs. I started using transdermal magnesium chloride everyday and it took over a year but I stopped having any seizures and have not had any anti-convulsant medication now since Oct 3, 2007 and have not had any seizures.

    I am very grateful to you.

    many blessings