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Why do people take DMSO?

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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:

  • Headache
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Eye problems
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma (disease that causes scar tissue to form in the skin)

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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