Magnesium sulphate (a.k.a. Epsom Salts, Sedlitz salt, and others) is a simple inorganic compound (MgSO4 - 7H2O) which has been used extensively - from at least the 1600s onwards - to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as, and . It's currently on the WHO's list of essential medicines.
Its precise 'mechanism of action' however, is unknown - but excess magnesium appears to decrease the amount of acetylcholine liberated by the motor nerve impulse, thereby slowing their response times.
Further info : Drugs.com
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