Natural Pain Relief with Magnesium

Magnesium for Pain Relief

Magnesium for Pain Relief



Magnesium Oil has been sweeping the nation as natural alternative for pain relief.

Pain can have a wide range of effects on people. Those effects can range from the simple distracting irritation, to loss of sleep, to rendering one completely incapacitated. Solutions to pain can also run the gamut. What if there was were something available to the public that would have such a soothing effect on the body that it actually could mitigate, greatly reduce, or even arrest the various types of pain that we have to deal with on a daily basis. What if it was inexpensive, all natural, non-toxic, and easy to apply? What if that natural substance worked on the molecular level to affect the actual pain process, rather than just treating symptoms? Based on scientific studies, and first hand experience numerous experts have concluded that such a solution is available. Magnesium has proven to be that simple solution. The health benefits of magnesium are numerous, but its impact on pain is significant. We have listed below some of the information that is coming to the forefront as individuals and health practitioners continue to search for more natural solutions to our health problems.


Magnesium Essential for Pain Relief

“Magnesium is vital for healthy muscle metabolism and function. Yet, when you have a magnesium deficiency, you may experience excessive muscle tension, muscle spasms, restlessness, tics, and twitches. Studies now indicate that magnesium is particularly important for those with fibromyalgia as its inhibits nerve receptors linked to the trigger point pain and regulates the release of neurohormones.”

“The Fibromyalgia Handbook” By Harris H. McIlwain,

Debra Fulghum Bruce, Debra Fulghum, Ph.D. (p 208)

Jacob Teitelbaum has called Magnesium, “probably the single most important nutrient for pain relief.” [1] He further concludes that almost everyone with pain should be taking supplemental magnesium.[2]

Greg Fors, in his book “Why We Hurt”, makes Magnesium the cornerstone of his “metabolic tune-up program”. [3]

Let's look at some of the roles that Magnesium plays in a healthy body. Magnesium is critical to a multitude of metabolic functions; too many to mention them all here. It is, however, integral to the muscular, cardio-vascular, nervous, and skeletal systems. The body stores much of its Magnesium in the muscle tissues. Up to one fourth of total body Magnesium can be found there. It controls the solubility of Calcium. It’s also essential to keeping calcium out of the cells. It is necessary in sufficient quantities for the removal of lactic acid from the body. When the stores of Magnesium are low, all systems and functions requiring Magnesium, will be less effective and pain can be a product of these deficiencies.[4] While Calcium receives much press today, for dietary supplementation, Magnesium deficiencies may be more common and thus deserve more attention. [5]


Pain, Science and Magnesium

The use of, magnesium in addressing pain is gaining in popularity. The scientific data are supportive. Case studies are conclusive. The testimonies are impressive. The crux of the scientific data reveals that magnesium has been found to neutralize the actual pain-provoking chemicals. [6]


Magnesium & Muscle & Joint Pain


One type of pain, that affects women is the discomfort that comes from the menstrual cycle. Magnesium has been shown to soothe muscle contractions associated with PMS. [7]


Muscle pain is not the only pain that can be mitigated by Magnesium. Magnesium salts have been found useful for both torso and joint pain. [8] Topical applications of liquid Magnesium chloride on arthritic joints have been especially effective in reducing pain in these areas.


Since Magnesium is necessary in sufficient quantities to properly dispose of lactic acid produced by exercising muscles, the soreness and burning that often ensues can be worsened due to not having enough of this facilitating mineral.[9] Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. In “Food As Medicine” recommends taking magnesium daily as it alleviates muscle pain . [10]



“Magnesium is analgesic in experimental pain, postoperative pain, headaches including migraines, and neuropathic pain in humans.”

(page 299) “Pain medicine and management” By Mark S. Wallace, Peter Staats


Additional Magnesium, beyond daily supplementation, taken at the start of a headache, will increase blood flow to all capillaries and can thus effect a reduction in pain. [11]


Jay S. Cohen provides a wealth of information concerning magnesium and migraine headaches in his book “The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches”. He cites numerous studies using magnesium to address this particular source of debilitating pain. Burton M. Altura, PhD. professor of medicine and physiology at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn says that 50 percent of all migraine sufferers have magnesium deficiencies.[12] In one test, where magnesium substantially relieved the pain of migraine sufferers whose levels were low, it even proved effective in 25% of those who did not show a deficiency.


Intravenous Magnesium showed even greater results for acute migraines where 80-90 percent showed improvement. [13] Another Magnesium study dealing with severe migraines, found ALL SUBJECTS receiving major pain relief. [14] Why this marked improvement? Jay S. Cohen concludes that “magnesium is more than an essential nutrient. At higher doses, magnesium is a pharmacologically active substance” with “clearly defined effects on the blood vessels, brain, heart, and other systems throughout the body” a person with normal levels of magnesium “will still experience its pharmalogical effects”. [15] Studies are conclusive showing that magnesium supplementation can be effective in preventing migraines. [16]


Angina pain can be eased with magnesium supplementation. Earl Mindell and Virginia Hopkins, in their book “Prescription Alternatives” relate the case of a patient who had recurring bouts of angina pain. When his doctor began to deal with what was now clearly a deficiency of magnesium, the angina pain ended. A bonus “side effect” was a marked increase in his energy levels! [17] Their emphatic conclusion follows:

The essential mineral that is the biggest key to the prevention .... of heart disease is magnesium.

“Prescription Alternatives”

By Earl Mindell, Virginia Hopkins


Studies have shown that even postoperative pain can be significantly reduced by increasing the cellular magnesium levels in the days preceding surgery. [18]


How and What to Take


The recommended dosage for magnesium varies from doctor to doctor and country to country. The RDA was once 350 mg/day for men and 280 mg/day for women. That was changed in 1997 and the new levels are 420 mg/day and 320 mg/day for men and women, respectively (over 31 years old). Some doctors recommend as much as 500 mg daily. In Russia, the RDA for women is from 500 to 1250 mg/day depending on their physical condition and age. [19] The average American falls far short by only consuming between 143 to 266 milligrams/day page [20]


There are also many types of magnesium oral supplements. All have varying degrees of absorbability. The choices are myriad and for that reason alone can be quite confusing. So, what form of this essential mineral is best absorbed and used by the body? Keep reading.


One concern that must be addressed with any Magnesium supplement is kidney failure. If you have kidney damage, extreme caution is urged, and you should consult your doctor before taking magnesium supplements. Magnesium is not easily eliminated by healthy kidneys and can be dangerous for those whose kidneys are not functioning properly. The other concern with oral magnesium is the potential for causing diarrhea when taken in large doses, which can lead to dehydration.


The form of magnesium that seems to solve the problems listed above is liquid magnesium chloride applied topically and is also know as transdermal magnesium oil or magnesium chloride oil. This concentrated form of magnesium is combined with chloride as the product of the natural combination of minerals produced in large bodies of salt water. Salt water can be reduced to a viscous oil like liquid, rich in magnesium, when much of the water, salt (NaCl) and other minerals are removed.


Of all the salt water bodies on Earth, the Dead Sea, long known for its amazing benefits to health, contains the greatest concentration of minerals, especially magnesium. It is truly a collection of ancient minerals, coming from more than just rain runoff, but from sources deep within the earth due to the fault line that it rests on. These minerals are in ionic form and thus are readily available for use in the body. Magnesoothe is only made of minerals derived from the Dead Sea. When applied topically, the body's largest organ, the skin, can regulate how much is used, based on the needs of the body at that time.


There are no known side effects associated with direct application to the skin, except minor irritation due to sensitive skin or open sores. The concerns listed above are negated since the digestive track is not directly involved. The only real risk to health, when it comes to magnesium, is not getting enough in the body. The quickest and safest way to increase cellular and serum levels is direct application to the skin.


[1] “Pain free 1-2-3”, By Jacob Teitelbaum page 13

[2] Ibid page 14

[3] “Why We Hurt” By Greg Fors- page 245

[4] Ibid -page 245

[5] Ibid -page 246

[6] “The mood cure” By Julia Ross- page 111

[7] “For women only!” By Gary Null, Barbara Seamn P 436

[8] Ibid page. 436

[9] “Nature's medicines” By Gale Maleskey, The Editors of Prevention Health Books, James McCommons Page 249

[10] “Food As Medicine" ] Dharma Singh Khalsa, Dharma Singh, M.D. Khalsa page 206

[11] Ibid. page 210

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[12] “The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches” By Jay S. Cohen page 43

[13] Ibid page 44

[14] “The mood cure” By Julia Ross -page 111

[15] “The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches” By Jay S. Cohen page 44

[16] Ibid. page 48

[17] “Prescription Alternatives” By Earl Mindell, Virginia Hopkins page 95.

[18] “The mood cure” By Julia Ross -page 111

[19] 5 “Why We Hurt” By Greg Fors page 246

[20] Ibid. page 246