Hangovers: A Natural Relief & Recovery Option

Hangovers are a common and really unpleasant side effect of excessive alcohol consumption. Symptoms can include everything from headache, extreme noise sensitivity, nausea and fatigue to disturbed bowels, visual disturbance, extreme grumpiness and dehydration. While there is no actual cure for a hangover, there are ways to help alleviate symptoms, reduce suffering and promote a more-speedy recovery.

Remedies for hangovers probably started the day after someone discovered the drinking of alcohol for pleasure and escape.  Many of them have some pharmacological merit, but few really stand up to the rigors of modern science.  One remedy that has gained clinical attention in recent years is the use of transdermal magnesium oil, which contains magnesium chloride.  And science is giving this a tentative tick.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions, including energy production, muscle and nerve function, and the regulation of blood pressure. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent, which may help to reduce some of the inflammation associated with hangovers.

Transdermal magnesium therapy involves applying magnesium oil directly to the skin, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the pores. This method of delivery is thought to be more effective than oral supplements, as the magnesium is absorbed directly into the bloodstream without passing through the digestive system or interacting with other elements being ingested.

While there is limited clinical research on the specific use of transdermal magnesium therapy for hangover relief, there is some evidence to suggest that it may be beneficial. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that transdermal magnesium therapy significantly reduced alcohol withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing alcohol detoxification. The study concluded that transdermal magnesium therapy could be a useful adjunct to standard treatments for alcohol withdrawal.

Another study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences found that magnesium supplementation can help alleviate symptoms associated with migraines, a common side effect of hangovers. The study found that magnesium supplementation reduced the frequency and intensity of migraines in study participants.

It is important to note that while magnesium chloride may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with hangovers, it is not a cure. The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink alcohol in moderation and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the night. If you do experience a hangover, the best way to alleviate symptoms is to get plenty of rest, rehydrate and wait it out.

While the use of transdermal magnesium oil for hangover relief is not yet fully understood, the existing research suggests that it may be a useful tool for those looking to alleviate the discomfort of a hangover and reduce the time it takes to recover. As always, it is important to consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen, and to prioritize overall health and wellness by drinking alcohol in moderation and staying hydrated.


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