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Try DMSO For Pain And Inflammation

try-dmso-for-pain-and-inflammation_300There comes a time when you just need to forget the approval of the Food and Drug Administration and use a product that has been proven effective. Many effective treatments are available that lack sanctioning or approval for various reasons, including politics and bias. In this category, a product known as DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a useful substance that has a long history of being ignored, or even blackballed, yet has helped millions of people in pain.

Odd Beginnings

DMSO has strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Originally a commercial solvent used in the wood industry in the early 1950s, DMSO was first applied in the medical field as a preservative for transporting organs during the 1960s. Stanley Jacob, M.D., a former head of the organ transplant program at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., started looking into its potential as a healing agent when he saw how fast and how deeply it penetrated the skin.

Since the ’60s, more than 40,000 articles concerning DMSO have appeared in scientific journals. They show DMSO to have versatile properties and numerous health benefits. In fact, according to Terry Bristol, president of the Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy in Portland, DMSO was the first non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) discovered after aspirin. He believes it is this product that spurred research into the development of other NSAIDs.

Too Good For The FDA?

As a result of its early heralding of being a “wonder” product, many companies tried to patent DMSO. However, the FDA rejected approval across the board, mainly because it has a wide range of attributes, not merely one (as drugs need for approval). In other words, a drug needs to be effective for a single illness, focusing on the symptoms and not the causes of health problems. This represents a perverse reversal of the perspective of traditional healing systems.

DMSO, however, violates the FDA’s narrow requirement with its ability to help numerous health issues, including pain, inflammation, sprains, arthritis, stroke, clots, central nervous system trauma, minor cuts and burns (it speeds healing) as well as protection against cancerous cells. Yet in the United States, DMSO has FDA approval only for use as a preservative of organs for transplant and for interstitial cystitis (a bladder disease).

Quick Benefits

I love DMSO and use it as often as needed. Among the topical analgesics and anti-inflammatory products out there, it is among the safest and most effective. In fact, it stands perhaps alone in its ability to be administered topically, orally and intravenously.

When applied topically, it absorbs quickly into the skin and reaches deeper tissues and membranes. It has been found to be a great carrier of other substances, and it aids in their absorption. I sometimes use other topical pain/inflammation creams mixed with DMSO gel to help reduce pain and inflammation. When antifungals, cortisone and penicillin are mixed with a DMSO solution of between 70 percent and 90 percent, you get quicker and deeper penetration of the tissues. I use the 70 percent solution for regular pain, sprains, inflammation from exercise or daily strain. When there is particular pain or stiffness or inflammation, I use the 90 percent solution.

How And Why It Works

DMSO has antioxidant properties. As such, it neutralizes free radicals around an injured site. It also stabilizes and stops leakage from damaged cell membranes. This combination effectively reduces inflammation. What’s more, according to lab studies, DMSO reduces pain by blocking peripheral nerve C fibers.

It is thought that DMSO works because it is rich in sulfur. This element is among the most abundant in the body and plays a role in the formation of muscle, skin, hair and nails. Sulfur is also one of the building blocks of collagen, the connective tissue that makes up cartilage. Studies indicate that cartilage afflicted with degenerative arthritis contains low levels of sulfur. As such, DMSO is often used for those suffering arthritis and joint pain, though it is equally effective for muscle pain and spasms.

Forget About FDA Approval Here

The way DMSO is viewed by the FDA is, to me, perverse. I subscribe to the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) philosophy that a medicine (in the TCM case, herbal medicine) is considered “low” if it works on only one or two health issues. The TCM concept holds that many health issues arise from the same or similar root causes, so a remedy must treat the “root” (the cause) and not just the “branches” (the symptoms). Therefore, a remedy is considered “high” when it effectively treats multiple health concerns concurrently; this means it is correcting the root imbalance causing the symptoms. The FDA, with its single-use philosophy, misses the boat and will never approve safer and more powerful substances, like DMSO. And when it sanctions trials on Chinese herbals, it isolates individual compounds to then make them suitable for pharmaceutical (single-use) drugs. What a pity.

DMSO is available online. I get mine from Amazon. If you are suffering pain, inflammation, arthritis or other related ailments, give it a try. Do more research if you like; I list a number of articles below for your reference. Remember, DMSO is safe and it works.

Further reading:

1) Kolb, K.H., Jaenicke, G., Kramer, M., Schulze, P.E. Absorption, distribution, and elimination of labeled dimethyl sulfoxide in man and animals. Ann NY Acad Sci 141:85-95, 1967.

3) Evans, M.S., Reid, K.H., Sharp, J.B. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) blocks conduction in peripheral nerve C fibers: A possible mechanism of analgesia. Neurosci Lett 150:145-148, 1993.

4) Demos, C.H., Beckloff, G.L., Donin, M.N., Oliver, P.M. Dimethyl sulfoxide in musculoskeletal disorders. Ann NY Acad Sci 141:517-523, 1967.

5) Lockie, L.M., Norcross, B. A clinical study on the effects of dimethyl sulfoxide in 103 patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injures and inflammation. Ann NY Acad Sci 141:599-602, 1967.

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About the Author: Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. The Wiley Method provides a revolutionary way of providing recovery and prevention of chronic pain, illness and disease. Grab your FREE COPY of Dr. Mark Wiley's "The 3 Secrets to Optimal Health" HERE.

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  • Paul Jongas Nigeria.

    I’m glad to hear about DMSO. I haven’t came accross it yet, but i hope to use one someday in the near future. Thanks for the info BBC.

    • Sam

      Some feed stores for horses carry it.

  • Sandy Jekel

    I am interested in this as I have chronic inflamation but am allergic to sulfonomides. I can’t take MSM , etc. Is this safe for me?

  • Peggy Martin

    Is it safe to use DMSO while using other drugs for various illnesses. i.e., Psoriatic Arthritis, Diabetes, Fibromyalga, elevated c-reactive protein, etc.?

    • Jan

      Don’t know about the DMSO but have you considered getting off gluten to get rid of all those conditions you’re experiencing. I had similar conditions which are gone since
      getting off gluten. Never suspected I had that issue until I stayed in a gluten free household while recuperating from surgery. What a blessing that was. Totally got relief from heartburn as well. Good luck.

      • Peggy Martin

        Thank you Jan, I will certainly give it a try.

  • Richard Catalano

    I have been using DMSO for 40years for muscles spasams and cramps for my golf game.I learned about it from a friend at the country club I played at who had race horses and gave me 2 bottles and it works like nothing else.I have liver damage from drinking and taking to many pain pills over the years. My parents are 91-92 and they have been using for several years and it makes them feel like getting up in the morning.Has no side affects and not harmful to your body.It goes to work now 30-45 sec. you feel relief.

  • Cal

    This substance can usually be found in farm supply stores, usually sold as a horse linament.

  • Arlene Schulz

    Richard, there are so many kinds out there. Creams, linament, solvent and more. What DMSO do you buy and where do you get it?

  • andy

    You have to be careful how you apply DMSO. Anything and everything on your hands will enter your body along with the DMSO. So, if you had hand cream on your hands and apply DMSO, that cream will also go through your skin. I would even make sure that i had no soap residue on my hands before application. Don’t know if the following is true our not, but i once read that as a prank, if you put DMSO in a squirt gun along with food dye and then squirted someone who was wearing a leather shoe, the DMSO and dye would penetrate both the porous shoe and the skin,and the person would urinate the color of the dye. If true, that gives a true idea of this product’s penetrative ability.