pharmaceutical DMSO

Pharmaceutical DMSO

The Wonder Compound and its Applications

There are several wonders hidden in this world, in nature, waiting to be found.

Who said there are 7 wonders in this world?

I firmly believe there are millions.

Millions that we know of already.

Imagine adding to this number, the undiscovered wonders.

Let’s talk about the applications of one such wonder COMPOUND. DMSO, or dimethyl sulfoxide, is an organosulfur by-product of papermaking that is used as an industrial solvent. It comes from a substance found in wood.

So to put it this way-

It’s a waste generated by the lumber or the paper industry.


Use in Industries

DMSO has been used as an industrial solvent since the early 1800s.

From about the mid-20th century, researchers have explored its use as an anti-inflammatory agent instead of just an industrial solvent.

DMSO with full meaning Dimethyl Sulphoxide is a glacial biological liquid commonly used as a natural diluent and a radical yet essential forager.

Use of Pharmaceutical DMSO

It has several pharmacological effects, functioning as an analgesic, anti-inflammation amongst others.

Its most important property is that it penetrates the dermal layers, or the skin layers easily and serves as transportation – a carrier – for other drugs and medical agents to get into membranes.

This organosulfur compound is a wonder compound!


DMSO today is used as a medicine and dietary supplement.


The ability of pharmaceutical DMSO lends to be used topically to reduce pain and hasten the healing of wounds, burns, muscle, and skeletal injuries.

It’s also useful in the treatment of painful conditions such as headaches, osteoarthritis, and inflammation.

DMSO is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s sometimes used to increase the body’s absorption of other medications that find it hard to reach the target.

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

It can be taken by mouth, applied to the skin (used topically), or injected into the veins (used intravenously or by IV).

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

Not just skin conditions and inflammations, it also has applications in the treatment of eye conditions ranging from glaucoma cataracts to foot infections caused by fungus.

It can also be used to treat skin and tissue damage resulting from chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer and related diseases when it leaks from the IV that is used to deliver it.

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:

  • Migraines
  • Eye problems
  • Scars
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma

There was once a conspiracy regarding pharmaceutical DMSO.

It was believed that DMSO might be the cure for cancer.

If not the ultimate cure, but at least a drug for the treatment of cancer.


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

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

Scientists and researchers from 1800 till today are working round the clock to tap the hidden potential of this great healing wonder.

To conclude, it’s evident that pharmaceutical DMSO is indeed a wonder drug and not just an industrial solvent. Only time can tell if it has more surprises in store for us!


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