Can Magnesium Oil Help with Arthritis and Joint Pain?

arthritis If there is any truism about arthritis, it is that it hurts. People who have the joint pain and muscle pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often consume enormous amounts of over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and pain relievers, such as aspirin, Indicin and Tylenol, to name just a few. But the problem with non-addictive pain relievers is one that doctors usually forget to tell their patients: Frequent use of NSAID’s for pain, leads to even faster deterioration of cartilage and progressive worsening of the underlying condition, especially when a joint is immobile.

Aspirin for Arthritis – It’s Not What You Think!

Let’s allow that sink in for a minute. If you use aspirin and other NSAID medications for arthritis pain and the lack of mobility you have in your joints now – means you will be less mobile in the future. The trade off for short term pain relief is long term deterioration of your condition.

We aren’t just making that up. No fewer than 1,400 published, peer reviewed medical studies, all of which you can find in abstract or full text on PubMed, confirm the dangers of relying on over the counter pain relievers for joint pain. Researchers have known this since the early 1980’s, although the word has been slow to travel to the medical profession (Makes you wonder why. Profit margins, would be my guess – what do you think?) But that doesn’t mean that addictive pain relievers like Vicodin and Oxycontin are better.

What we recommend is a healthy, non-addictive alternative that may even help your body repair and restore cartilage around damaged joints, magnesium. And the kind of magnesium that works best for relieving joint pain is magnesium oil.

How Does Magnesium Oil Relieve Arthritis Pain, Better Than Aspirin?

One of hundreds of ways the body uses magnesium is to regulate calcium. And calcium, it turns out, does a lot more than just build healthy teeth and bones. It also activates the nerves that sense pain.

Magnesium is chemically just close enough to calcium that it can occupy the same spots on the ‘switch’ on the surface of neurons that sense pain. When a site called an NMDA receptor is activated by calcium, electrical charges flood into the neuron and allow it to send a pain signal to the brain. When the NMDA receptor is occupied by magnesium, the pain nerve is ‘switched off’. Only these unique receptors are affected, so other kinds of sensory information, and even some pain signals that the brain really needs to receive, continue to be transmitted. But magnesium turns off the transmission of pain without interfering with the health of the cartilage that holds joints in place.

How Magnesium Oil Relieves Arthritic Symptoms Better Than Opioid Drugs

Millions of people who have joint pain, just can’t get relief from aspirin and other NSAID’s. Their doctors give them opioid medications like Vicodin (hydrocodone with codeine) and Oxycontin (oxycodone). But, the problem with these medications is two-fold. Opioid drugs are addictive, and their effects tend to wear off quicker, so that pain relief requires more of the dangerous drug.

You have probably heard stories of people who have some kind of joint injury, who wind up living as addicts, taking dozens or even hundreds of pills per day, from prescriptions written by multiple doctors (and falling into lives of crime). But there is an alternative. Magnesium oil has many health benefits, including helping you to sleep better and, a treatment for anxiety and stress, also pain relief for arthritic symptoms.

Even when joint pain sufferers have become addicted to opioid drugs, magnesium reduces their sensitivity to pain. When the threshold of pain goes up, the effective dosage of the addictive drug goes down. Magnesium, interacting with NMDA receptors, stops the pain that the other drugs cannot, and may be what is needed to give the addict a chance at living with less pain and lower dependence on drugs. These changes don’t happen overnight, however. Typically it is necessary to use magnesium oil, and preferably in combination with magnesium supplements, before substantial reduction in the dosage of addictive painkillers is possible. It’s better to come off addictive drugs with the knowledge and support of your doctor than not, but it is safe to use magnesium on your own.

What’s So Special About Magnesium Oil for Arthritis Sufferers?

Your nerves don’t care how they get their magnesium, but your digestive tract does. Certain kinds of magnesium, especially the magnesium oxide you will find in the cheaper, chalky magnesium supplements you take by mouth, is not easy for the intestines to absorb. The magnesium sits in the small intestine, absorbing water. It makes the contents of the small intestine (which is just below the stomach) soupy so that they press against the harder stool in the colon. The result can be not just diarrhea, but also cramping, as the liquid presses against solid in the gut.

Magnesium oil isn’t take by mouth. It never enters the lumen (the central section of the intestines). Instead, magnesium oil is absorbed through the skin. Just rub on about an ounce (30 ml) of oil on any part of your body you like, and let it soak into your skin before you go to bed. Don’t wash it off until your shower the next morning, and if you shower at night, don’t put it on until you have showered and toweled off, applying the magnesium oil to dry skin.

A Few Tips for More Effective Use

tipsUsing magnesium oil could not be simpler. Put it on your skin, and you will feel better. Do this on a regular basis, and you will feel a lot better. And, there are a few things you can do, to help your magnesium oil be even more effective.

  1. Rinse off perspiration before applying the oil. The sodium in the salt you sweat out onto your skin competes with magnesium for reentry into your body
  2. Rinse off soap before applying magnesium oil. The alkali in soap, in this case, is not beneficial, since it immobilizes magnesium and turns it into a salt that clings to your skin without passing into your body
  3. The more magnesium there is in your oil, the more magnesium will pass into your body. The brand of magnesium flakes you use to make your own magnesium oil, if you choose not to buy the liquid already prepared, makes a critical difference

There is no safer or simpler remedy for the relief of joint and arthritic pain, than magnesium oil. Use it daily for maximum effect.

References:

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Proksch E, Nissen HP, Bremgartner M, Urquhart C. Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin. Int J Dermatol. 2005 Feb;44(2):151-7.
About Andy James

Andy's interest in health and wellness goes all the way back to his childhood. Having had a rare form of diabetes (diabetes insipidus) since the age of seven, taking great care of his own health has transcended to researching, experimenting and sharing the science of what works and does not work, referring to foods and supplements. The Magnesium Perfection site was created to explore magnesium oil and how it can help improve health - of which, this fundamental mineral, has many for every part the body. You can find out more about Andy on his Google+ profile, where you can see his other health projects.

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