By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is a sulfur-containing organic by-product of wood pulp processing. This substance is a colorless, odorless liquid whose original use was as an industrial solvent. There is a lot of conflicting information about DMSO. It is used in manufacturing processes and is a potent free radical scavenger (antioxidant) and anti-inflammatory. When used medically, DMSO is a prescription medication that can be taken by mouth or used intravenously. It can also be used to deliver drugs such as penicillin and medical morphine through the skin. Doing this may be a viable alternative to intravenous (IV) drug delivery.
Note: DMSO's super-efficient through-the-skin delivery means that it must be highly pure to be safe. Any impurities or toxins present will be carried directly into the bloodstream. In addition, substances already on the skin when DMSO is applied, such as body lotions, etc., will be moved into the blood.
DMSO has a low toxicity rating and may be a 'miracle pain reliever' and has many other beneficial uses, but its biggest positive is its biggest drawback. It quickly and super-effectively delivers substances through the skin and bloodstream and amplifies or potentiates their effects. It can be beneficial in some situations but potentially very harmful in others, which is likely why the research on DMSO is so contradictory.
Approvals By the FDA
DMSO is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 'medical use' in dogs and horses and is approved for treating humans for:
The Topical Product
DMSO can be mixed into a cream, lotion, or ointment for medical purposes. The product is often applied topically in a solution of 70-percent DMSO to 30-percent water. The most distinctive property of DMSO is its ability to penetrate the skin quickly.
A gel form of DMSO is used to treat osteoarthritis and typically has a concentration of 25%. It is applied three or four times a day. DMSO sold without a prescription can range from 10% concentration to 90% because no studies provide guidelines for determining the proper dose.
Why Do Consumers Use DMSO?
People have used DMSO to reduce pain, treat wounds and burns, and speed up the body's natural healing processes. It has also been used to try and treat:
Benefits of DMSO Cream
DMSO cream can be used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions, including:
Note: We noticed a DMSO advertised on the internet and available at local stores with the following properties: 90% DMSO and distilled water (99.9% pure); and 10% Aloe Vera. They also state that it looks like mineral oil and has a slightly garlicky odor.
What Are the Risks of Using DMSO?
Some DMSO on the market may be industrial grade. Industrial grade DMSO may contain several impurities that can easily be absorbed into the skin with potentially serious health effects. The most frequent side effects of using DMSO on the skin include
Before using DMSO, the patient should discuss possible complications with their doctor. This chemical may heighten the effects of some medications such as blood thinners, sedatives, and heart medications. The chemical may carry other drugs or contaminants through the skin and bloodstream. Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should not use DMSO since little is known about its possible effects on the fetus or infant.
You should also not use DMSO without talking to your doctor if you have
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