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What are the benefits of taking DMSO?

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Other than its use as a prescription medicine for both painful bladder syndrome and shingles, 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.

From: DMSO WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Brien, S. 2011. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide)."

American Cancer Society: "DMSO."

Arthritis Today web site: "Supplement Guide: DMSO."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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