DMSO - Medicine Carrier / Cell membrane penetrant / Precursor to MSM
DMSO - Medicine Carrier / Cell membrane penetrant / Precursor to MSM provides sulfur to relieve inflammation /pain
(Dimethyl Sulfoxide) - Medicine Carrier / Cell membrane penetrant / Precursor to MSM
(methylsulfonylmethane, DMSO's active form,
provides organic sulfur for symptomatic relief of inflammation and pain)
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,
healing penetrant that instantly soaks in through the skin and reduces pain.
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 DMSO 2 .
- MSM is ~ 34% sulfur by
weight. 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 results.
MSM - Dietary sulfur
Sulfur - Healing Mineral
MSM is a nutrient found in
many foods. Unpasteurized milk
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 is a carrier and cell penetrant
DMSO is able to quickly penetrate through the skin and
into the body's cells. By way of illustration, a minute or two
after rubbing some DMSO on the soles of your feet, you would taste its
"garlicky" presence in your mouth. Furthermore, DMSO can pass the blood / brain
barrier, making it useful for accessing problems in the brain or nerves.
DMSO can also be combined with other substances and
carry them inside body cells. E.g. rubbing a mixture of
vitamin C with DMSO will carry vitamin C into the body. Combining
DMSO with cesium chloride (as used in a powerful anti-cancer therapy) would
carry its extremely alkaline cesium inside cells, whether the mixture was taken
orally or rubbed on the skin.
For details of DMSO's many health-beneficial functions:
functions of DMSO
DMSO is the only coxib-class NSAID approved by the
FDA for treating interstitial cystitis
Commonly used for horses,
but the FDA has only approved its use for humans in the treatment of
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
toxicreaction products into the
PERIOD! Do not use rubber gloves.
Test plastics for reactivity before using them to
store or apply DMSO
- Test plastic containers (including 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 do and do 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.
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