Magnesium for Asthma: Canine and Human

January 25, 2012

In my book, The Magnesium Miracle, I wrote about the following six reasons why magnesium is important in the treatment of asthma:

1. Research shows that many patients with asthma and other bronchial diseases have low magnesium.

2. Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.

3. Many drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of magnesium, only making symptoms worse.

4. Magnesium is an environmental detoxifier reducing the triggers for asthma.

5. Magnesium relieves stress to alleviate the emotional triggers for asthma.

6. Patients treated with simple magnesium supplementation report marked improvement in their symptoms.

I wanted to write a blog about asthma and magnesium because I received this report on magnesium oil being used for asthma in a dog.

The dog owner said that she’d read that asthma is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Since her dog has asthma attacks she decided to start spraying magnesium oil on the dog’s belly and it worked. It prevented attacks and it also stopped an attack if she applied it as soon as one occurred. She said the best way to apply the magnesium is to spray it on your hand or a cotton ball and rub it on the dog’s skin keeping it from running into the private parts. The magnesium is salty and oily so it can be irritating and in that case would need to be diluted with water.

When I first wrote The Magnesium Miracle, I realized that many people can’t take oral magnesium because of the laxative effect. Therefore I began advising people to put supersaturated magnesium chloride—called magnesium oil on their skin to bypass the intestines. It also stimulates DHEA production that occurs in the skin. And it can be used it in baths and foot baths for muscle aches, joint pain, and foot pain and neuropathy.

You can dilute the magnesium oil 50:50 with distilled water or coconut oil and apply 1-2 tsp on your skin every day. Or you can apply full strength magnesium oil all over your body and leave on for at least 30 minutes, then shower off because it gets itchy when it dries. One ounce of oil is a sufficient amount to put in a bath. I use LL’s Magnesium Oil.

How much magnesium are you getting with magnesium oil? According to some manufacturers the amount of magnesium chloride per teaspoon is about 2,500 mg. However, that’s not the amount of magnesium or the amount that will be absorbed. There is 60mg of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium chloride. Therefore the amount of magnesium in a tsp is about 300 mg, which is a normal dose of oral magnesium.

You have many choices when it comes to magnesium. I use all of them at one time or another: Natural Calm magnesium powder, magnesium oil, magnesium flakes and angstrom magnesium. I’m off to have my magnesium flakes and clay bath right now!

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

RESOURCES: Along the borders and in the links of my web site you can find my books, writings, and my call-in radio show. Email your questions to: questions@drcarolyndeanlive.com.

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