DMSO - Cell Membrane penetrant / Medicine Carrier / Precursor to MSM for therapy
- Medicine Carrier / Cell membrane
/ Precursor to MSM
(methylsulfonylmethane, DMSO’s active form,
provides organic sulfur for symptomatic relief of inflammation and pain)
What is DMSO?
DMSO Types and
should not be used with rubber and some plastics
few people have a DMSO allergy
About DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)
DMSO is a 100% natural, organic substance - a byproduct of the lumber industry
with a slight smell of garlic.
DMSO is a byproduct of
(the “sulfate process” for manufacturing wood pulp, consisting mostly of
cellulose fibers) in the production of paper -
Wood chips are treated with a mixture of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide to
break the bonds between cellulose and lignin,
the natural material that bonds tree cells together.
Crown Zellerbach, a timber processing company,
attempted to get rid of this so called
'waste' by spraying it on dirt roads to compact the earth. However, various
animals would come and lick it up, and deer would even lick six inch potholes in
the road in their determination to obtain this substance. Dr. Stanley Jacob of
the Oregon Health Sciences University observed this and later identified this
“lip-smacking” substance as DMSO, a
healing penetrant that instantly soaks in through the skin and reduces pain.
DMSO is the only coxib-class NSAID approved by
the FDA for treating animals -
commonly used for horses,
but the FDA has only approved its use for humans in the treatment of
15% of DMSO is converted to its active form MSM in the body –
orally, intravenously, or applied topically. MSM is equivalent to DMSO but
contains an additional oxygen atom – actually making it DMSO2.
MSM is ~ 34% sulfur by
sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body after calcium
and phosphorus and is considered by some to be a much depleted mineral in many
people - likely a major reason why DMSO /MSM is able to achieve its healing
Sulfur - Healing Mineral
MSM is a nutrient found in
many foods –
is a particularly rich dietary source of MSM, and small amounts of MSM are found
in fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, wheatgrass juice, rain water and aloe
vera. Food refining and processing reduces MSM content, much the way it reduces
vitamin and mineral levels.
DMSO-MSM is normally present in the bodies of people and animals -
in significant amounts in nerve tissue, skin,
hair and joints. Milk from mammals has a high concentration.
Its presence decreases with age.
DMSO Types and Strengths?
DMSO comes as a liquid or gel in various strengths and can be bought
scented – it can also be bought combined with aloe vera instead of
The recommended DMSO strength is 70% -
i.e. 70% DMSO
(99.9% pure) and 30% distilled water or aloe vera juice. 90% DMSO can also be
used with care.
DMSO should not be used with rubber and some plastics
DMSO is a solvent for rubber and some plastics –
if DMSO comes into contact with them and reacts with them, DMSO will carry the
toxic reaction products into the
Do not use rubber gloves – PERIOD!
Test plastics for reactivity before using them to
store or apply DMSO
Test plastic containers
nebulizers), gloves, or plastic bags used to cover hands –
by leaving material in contact with some DMSO for
24 hours to see if material has been affected / altered in any way. See chart
for a list of plastic types that DMSO does and does not react with:
DMSO Compatibility with Plastic
Types and other materials
Some DMSO products are sold in glass, more are
sold in HDPE plastic containers
A few people have a DMSO
A very few people are allergic to DMSO, usually
meaning that they have weak liver function -
which can result in a bad reaction from using DMSO.
The following test is recommended to check for an allergy to DMSO:
How to Test for DMSO Allergy