DMSO: An underground legend, Praised by The New York Times,
showcased on 60 Minutes and shown safe and effective in over 1,200 scientific publications
DMSO is short for dimethyl sulfoxide -- an organic, sulfur-rich substance found in the woody part of trees. It was first discovered by a Russian researcher back in 1866.
Racehorse trainers began using it on lame animals, and reported amazing results. Professional sports trainers tried it and loved it too. The New York Times, in a lead editorial published on April 3, 1965, declared that DMSO is 'the closest thing to a [health] wonder produced in the 1960s.' Interest reached a fever pitch in 1980s.
introduced 70 million TV viewers to
'THE RIDDLE OF DMSO' Mike Wallace didn't trash DMSO, the people he interviewed gave very powerful personal testimonials. And the feedback from viewers was phenomenal.
A few enlightened doctors continued to champion DMSO, and it became a word-of-mouth legend among well-informed insiders. Racehorse trainers still swear by it. Professional sports trainers still use it to get their million-dollar stars up and running again. Competition cyclists are rumored to carry little bottles tucked away in their tire-patch kits.
DMSO Penetrates Membranes and Eases Pain
DMSO perhaps has been used most widely as a topical analgesic, in a 70 percent DMSO, 30 percent water solution. Laboratory studies suggest that DMSO cuts pain by blocking peripheral nerve C fibers. Relief is reported to be almost immediate, lasting up to 6 hours. A number of sports teams and Olympic athletes have used DMSO. Edematous sprained ankles, the application of DMSO would be followed by objective diminution of swelling within an hour. No other therapeutic modality will do this."
Chronic pain patients often have to apply the substance for 6 weeks before a change occurs, but many report relief to a degree they had not been able to obtain from any other source.
DMSO and Inflammation
DMSO reduces inflammation by several mechanisms. It is an antioxidant, a scavenger of the free radicals that gather at the site of injury. This capability has been observed in experiments with laboratory animals and in 150 ulcerative colitis patients in a double-blinded randomized study in Baghdad, Iraq. DMSO also stabilizes membranes and slows or stops leakage from injured cells.
DMSO, with its pain-relieving, collagen-softening, and anti-inflammatory characteristics, would be employed against arthritis, Applied topically and repeatedly, DMSO flattens the raised, nodular, lobulated liner mass of scar tissue in keloids and acne. It takes away much of their discoloration too. And for eliminating the pain of burns of all types, nothing is better.