Anecdotal evidence suggest that apply DMSO to the joint is highly
effective for curing the pain from arthritis.
It is unfortunately that there is not much clinical information on how
effective DMSO for most of its claimed benefits. We know it is a
powerful solvent that easily crosses through the skin and is used by
people to treat arthritis pain.
We recommend that you many other natural supplements
first for your joint pain.
usually experience pain relief almost immediately upon applying it, you
will be able to
tell if it works. Make sure the surface of the skin you are
applying it to is clean. This will prevent contaminates on the skin
surface from getting through the skin.
Cystitis (Inflammation of the bladder)
solution into the
bladder is effective for treating inflammation of the bladder. This
procedure is done by a physician.
/ Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Injuries
topically seems to
provide rapid and temporary pain relief from people suffering from
arthritis pain and tissue injuries.
Not all studies show positive
benefits. There are very few quality clinical studies to support this
to see other herbal remedies that has more research studies done for
treating arthritis pain.
of the Stomach (Gastritis)
that combining DMSO with
traditional acid suppressor medications seems to help with gastritis
better than using either one alone.
that applying the solution formulation (and possibly cream or gel) may
be helpful in treating the pain from
herpes zoster (shingles).
There is no
research studies done to show whether it helps with treating skin
ulcers from diabetes.
on the skin it does not help with treating cancer.
Facts and Frequently Asked
are some others names?
It is also
called dimethyl sulfoxide, dimethyl sulphoxide, methyl sulphoxide or
sulphinybismethane in different parts of the world.
DMSO is a
clear odorless sulfur-containing organic liquid that
is found in
vegetables, fruits, grains and animal products. It quickly and easily
penetrates the skin. It seems to have anti-inflammatory and
It also helps medications such as anti-inflammatory
drugs to get through the skin.
is a by-product of the paper manufacturing process. It has medical
uses and is approved by FDA for instilling into the bladder to treat
interstitial cystitis. As well, it is an industrial solvent for
chemicals such a antibiotics and herbicides.
suggested that it may benefit people with arthritis type pain.
There are few quality clinical trials to prove this.
Suggested Benefits and
Topically (on the
- Alzheimer's disease / dementia
- Bed sores ulcers
- herpes zoster
- high pressure in the brain (intracranial
- interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the
- neuropathic pain
- muscle pain / spasm
- pain from rheumatoid arthritis
- stomach inflammation (gastritis)
- systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- tendon degeneration
Side Effects, Toxicity
Side effects include reactions on the skin, itching, redness on the
skin, blistering, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting,
constipation, drowsiness, burning, dry skin, cough, trouble
breathing, flu-like symptoms.
Also, there are reports of garlic breath, taste and body odour from
- This solvent easily crosses into the skin and
it makes it easier
for chemicals and toxic substance to enter through the skin.
and Lactation - There is no known information on using
this product during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Avoid using.
Health Condition Interactions
Sugar Levels & Diabetic Medications - theoretical
It is reported
that applying large quantities may affect insulin levels in people with
As a precaution, monitor your blood sugar levels more often when you
start or stop this product.
Dosage & How
to Take It
available in a liquid, cream or gel formulations.
Concentrations varies between 10 to 100%. Apply once to
four times daily as needed to treat pain from arthritis.
there is no known effective dosage. Start with a lower
concentration first to avoid side effects and increase until you get
the results you require.
only the pharmaceutical grade formulation. Industrial grade DMSO is not
required to be as pure and may contain impurities that may be harmful
to you. Contact your local pharmacy for more information.
Updated: March 13, 2010