Skip to content
    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    DMSO

    DMSO, or dimethyl sulfoxide, is a by-product of paper making. It comes from a substance found in wood.

    DMSO has been used as an industrial solvent since the mid-1800s. From about the mid-20th century, researchers have explored its use as an anti-inflammatory agent.

    Recommended Related to Vitamins & Supplements

    Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

    CLA is an essential fatty acid that's important for good health. We get small amounts of it from the food we eat. It's also an antioxidant that may have other health benefits.

    Read the Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) article > >

    The FDA has approved DMSO as a prescription medication for treating symptoms of painful bladder syndrome. It's also used under medical supervision to treat several other conditions, including shingles.

    DMSO is easily absorbed by the skin. It's sometimes used to increase the body's absorption of other medications.

    DMSO is available without a prescription most often in gel or cream form. It can be purchased in health food stores, by mail order, and on the Internet.

    While it can sometimes be found as an oral supplement, its safety is unclear. DMSO is primarily used by applying it to the skin.

    Why Do People Use DMSO?

    DMSO has been used to try to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. It has also been promoted as an "alternative" cancer treatment.

    People have used it to try to treat wounds, burns, and other injuries. People have also used it to try to treat such conditions as:

    Other than its use as a prescription medicine, there is little or no scientific evidence to support other claims made about DMSO's effectiveness.

    The American Cancer Society says there is no evidence to support the use of DMSO to treat cancer. Using it that way could cause serious delays in getting proper and effective treatment.

    A recent analysis of studies on the use of DMSO to relieve osteoarthritis pain found that it was not significantly more effective than placebo in relieving joint pain.

    There are no studies that provide guidelines for determining the proper dose of DMSO. The gel used to treat osteoarthritis typically has a concentration of 25%. It is applied three or four times a day. But DMSO sold without a prescription can range from 10% concentration to 90%.

    Vitamins and
    Supplements
    Lifestyle Guide

    Which Nutrients
    Are You Missing?

    Learn More

    Today on WebMD

    vitamin rich groceries
    Do you know your vitamin ABCs?
    St Johns wart
    Ease hot flashes and other symptoms.
     
    clams
    Are you getting enough?
    Take your medication
    Wonder pill or overkill?
     
    fruits and vegetables
    Video
    !!69X75_Vitamins_Supplements.jpg
    Article
     
    Woman sleeping
    Article
    Woman staring into space with coffee
    Article
     

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    Thanks!

    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.