In the chemical construction of the blood toxins, carbon is an essential chemical constituent. All the cell salts have an affinity for carbon. Magnesium in particular, draws the carbon immediately from chemical compounds both inside and outside of the body, thus breaking up and changing the character of these compounds. Magnesium is the most congenial of the cell salts and commercial epsom salt is its best therapeutic form.
Pain, wherever located, arises principally from irritation of the nerves from toxic causes. Epsom salt withdraws the carbon from the toxins, changing their character and relieving the pain almost instantly. Relief obtained in this manner is physiological and far superior to that obtained from the influence of an anodine or an anesthetic. In blood poisoning the application of this remedy in the form of a solution of congenial strength, that is, one ounce of the agent to one pint of water, relieves the pain and cures the condition in the shortest possible time. In pneumonia this application to the entire thorax not only relieves the pain but exercises a positive curative influence.
W. H. BURGESS, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.