Magnesium chloride for psoriasis

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    Magnesium chloride for psoriasis

    Bathing in mineral salts has been considered a medical treatment since the 1800s for a variety of conditions, especially skin conditions like psoriasis. A number of studies over the years have looked at magnesium chloride content in the waters of spas and how magnesium chloride affects psoriasis. According to Matz Hagit, Edith Orion and Ronni Wolf, research scientists from the Kaplan Medical Center, balneotherapy, or "bath therapy," is still practised at the Dead Sea in Israel, the Kangal hot spring in Turkey, and the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

    Spa therapy has been popular since the 1800s. (luxury marina & spa image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

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    1996 Study

    In 1996, researchers from the Hebrew University School of Pharmacy studied the effects of Dead Sea minerals on psoriasis. They found that magnesium chloride inhibits the growth of fibroblasts in both psoriatic and healthy skin cells with a greater intensity than the other salts contained in the water did.

    Minerals in the Dead Sea are said to be beneficial to psoriatic skin. (dead sea image by zina from Fotolia.com)

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    2000 Study

    A study published in the "Journal of Investigative Dermatology" in 2000 took a look at how magnesium in Dead Sea water affected skin cells in people with psoriasis. The researchers found that magnesium inhibits the allergic reaction of the skin's Langerhans cells.

    Sea salts can be rejuvenating and good for the skin. (Sea salt 2 image by Smalik from Fotolia.com)

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    2003 Study Review

    The Kaplan Medical Center scientists reviewed a number of studies on Dead Sea minerals and their effects on psoriasis in 2003. According to this review, magnesium inhibits the growth of psoriatic skin, and magnesium chloride and other salts increase the skin's receptivity to UV light, which can also clear up psoriasis. The researchers point out, however, that Dead Sea salts seem to improve psoriasis without any exposure to sunlight.

    Magnesium chloride can increase the skin's receptivity to UV light from the sun. (salt desert - shott el jerid - Tunisia - Africa image by KaYann from Fotolia.com)

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    2007 Study

    German researchers took a look at spa therapy with and without UV light and published their findings in "The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine" in 2007. They compared using just UV light to spa water with high concentrations of magnesium chloride and other salts and looked at their effect on psoriasis. The researchers found that the patients who used sea salts found improvements in their condition 86 per cent of the time compared to the improvements that happened 54 per cent of the time with UV therapy alone.

    Scientists wondered if it was the salt or the sun that helped clear up psoriasis. (Sun image by Danni from Fotolia.com)

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    2005 Study

    University of Kiel scientists tested the effects of a Dead Sea salt product on patients with atopic skin (atopy is the allergic sensitivity that is part of psoriasis) in 2005. These scientists found that the Dead Sea salt product reduced skin inflammation, redness and roughness. They theorised that the effects were due to the magnesium salt content. Magnesium salts, they said, bind to water, affect skin cell growth and increase the permeability of skin.

    Spa therapy is a natural skin treatment. (Portrait of a styled professional model. Theme: spa, health care. image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

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