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Methylene blue

What is methylene blue?

Methylene blue properties

Methylene blue remedies

Methylene blue dosage, dilution, cautions

Methylene blue side effects and warnings


What is methylene blue?

Methylene blue (methylthioninium chloride, MB) is a dark green powder that turns deep blue when dissolved in water. It was first synthesised in 1876 and was probably the first fully synthetic drug used in medicine. Even though MB does not occur in nature, it is a useful and versatile remedy with many therapeutic properties.

Methylene blue was used until recently to treat cyanide poisoning and urinary tract infections, but under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to use more profitable products it was discontinued. The only official use for MB in conventional medicine today is for the treatment of methemoglobinemia.

It is almost certain that MB is a powerful and effective remedy for numerous ailments, and several of them are listed below. There are two main reasons why it is not used more extensively today. The first is that it marks the skin with its blue dye if it is applied topically, and if taken internally even the sclera of the eyes (the whites of the eyes) can turn blue. It usually turns the urine, sweat and stool blue to green in colour. People don't want to use it for cosmetic reasons even if it really is an effective treatment for their ailment!

The second reason MB is not more widely used is the same reason many cheap home remedies are not used - they are too effective, too cheap and can never be patented. No money can be made with them so no money is available for research to show how effective they actually are.

MB also has many uses apart from those in health. Methylene blue (MB) is used as a blue dye or stain in medicine, surgery and pathology. It is also used in industry.

MB has a half-life in the human adult body of 5 to 24 hours. (1)

Methylene blue properties

Methylene blue remedies

Methylene blue dosage, dilution, cautions

Do not use MB if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use on children, especially babies. While use during pregnancy may harm the baby, not using it in methemoglobinemia is likely more dangerous. (1, 8)

Before starting any new remedy, and especially methylene blue, it is important to involve your doctor or healthcare professional. They can help you determine if methylene blue is appropriate for your specific needs and state of health. They will recommend how to use it, and in what dosage based on the purpose of using the MB, your medical history and current medications.

Methylene Blue can interact with various medications because of its potent MAO inhibition properties. Be cautious when using MB, especially if using other medications, and particularly if using medications for depression or mood, or which affect the brain, because MB can cause serotonin syndrome (SS). SS is a toxic state caused by excess serotonin within the central nervous system. SS results in a variety of mental, autonomic and neuromuscular changes, which can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Most cases are self-limiting. It is important to ask your medical professional to consider methylene blue's MAO inhibiting properties, because some doctors may not be aware of them. (4)

Buy a pharmaceutical-grade supplement from a reputable source. It will usually come as a powder or a concentrated blue liquid. Carefully follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer or your healthcare professional. If diluting a powder use distilled water and mix thoroughly.

Dosage will vary depending on the individual and the intended purpose. Dosages can range from low microgram amounts for cognitive enhancement or as an antioxidant, to higher milligram amounts for some medical emergencies. Always follow the dosage recommendations provided by your healthcare professional.

MB can be administered orally, intravenously or topically. Injection should only be done by a healthcare professional. Use a dropper or a graduated syringe to measure the correct dosage if taking it orally. Take it on an empty stomach because food may interfere with its absorption. For topical application follow the instructions from the supplier or your healthcare professional.

Methylene blue side effects and warnings

Methylene blue is generally considered safe, but can cause side effects in some individuals or at high doses. If you experience any adverse reactions, stop using it and consult your healthcare professional.

Your comments about any of your experiences - positive or negative - with your use of methylene blue are welcome at Grow Youthful. I am always curious about your use of and experience with natural remedies, and your feedback is very welcome.


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