May 22 2002 at 10:09 AM

Response to Epsom salts....

Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) is a purgative. I never heard of any direct effect it has on the liver.
In Japan, it is called "epusomu en" ("en" not "shio").
You can find them in large drug stores.
If the store clerk can't understand, write it down in Japanese and show it to him. If you are going to drink it, you better make a very weak solution.

Magesium salt solutions are everywhere in Japan. Almost every hot spring contains them. Some hot springs encourage you to drink their water claiming beneficial effects. Come to think of it, some hot spring waters are supposed to be good for your liver, though I never paid attention to such things.

A similar product, a mix of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate - that is taken from sea water as a by-product of common salt - is called "nigari" and is available at any health foods store.


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