What is DMSO (Dimethyl Sulphoxide), How it works, Uses & Risks involved

DMSO (Dimethyl Sulphoxide)

DMSO (Dimethyl Sulphoxide) is colourless, sticky & has a Garlic like odour. Alexander Saytzeff, a Russian Scientist, first synthesised it in 1866. He observed a strange phenomenon that the Liquid (Semi-Solid-Paste below 18-20 Degrees) could mix with-dissolve almost all of the chemicals that The Scientist tried mixing with! DMSO indeed is an excellent solvent (Polar & Non-Polar), travels along the Blood & has shown to be able to preserve RBC’s & other Tissues. Penetrates Skin easily (Be it Endothelial Linings of Arterial Walls or Mucous Linings in the Body or Meninges of Brain…), doesn’t damage it (not significantly, at least) & blends easily with water & other body nutrients such as Proteins, Carbohydrates, Nucleic Acids, Other Bio-Chemical Compounds-Molecules… So much so, that we could mix Penicillin or Local Anaesthesia with DMSO, apply it on skin, and it would take it across, without using needles at all!!

DMSO (Dimethyl Sulphoxide), a by-product of paper-industrial process (Specifically a Bio-Chemical from Pine Trees), could be synthesised in ways such as Lignin (Cement-Pulpy substance of trees) and/or from organic sources such as coal, petroleum etc. The Chemical Formula of DMSO is C2H6OS. As it is mixed with water, an exothermic reaction takes place releasing 60 cal. /gm of DMSO mixed with water. Melting point is app. 18.5 Deg. C. Hence, below 18-20 Degree Celsius it forms a semi-solid paste. DMSO must always be kept in air tight containers such as to prevent its decomposition. Although, it has been reported that in pure form its life is very long and may be used for years. It has a strong affinity towards ‘Hydroxyl Group’, just effectively scavenging Hydroxyl Ions. These ions are mainly responsible for breakdown of Synovial Fluid & other Joint cartridges. Due this reason supposedly DMSO works wonders in arthritis patients. The resulting Bio-Chemicals (on combination of DMSO & Hydroxyl ions are easily excreted by the body).

Controversy started surrounding DMSO after lot of Lab. Work was done by Dr. Jacob (1963, Head of Organ Transplant Program at Oregon health Sciences University), giving surprising (Positive Results-In wide array of ailments). What came out was that DMSO was/is a great Polar-Non-Polar solvent and could penetrate human skin easily-deeply without damaging it and had gret preserving capabilities….Hence followed research world over to its miraculous benefits & properties…

Some Interesting Facts on DMSO:

  1. The Food & Drug Administration (USA) prohibits use of DMSO in humans except a ‘Specific Urinary Bladder Medical Condition-Interstitial Cystitis’, though Clinical Evaluation has happened for 4-5 Decades!
  2. It supposedly has a unique property of getting the Body’s Cellular Activities back to Normalcy,
  3. In studies, it has shown a unique property of being a Blood-Brain Barrier, thus carrying medicinal drugs-herbs right to the site for specific mental illnesses,
  4. Blood-Brain Barrier-What it Does: Stimulates Neural-Chemical Processes in Central Nervous System, Stimulates transportation of required amino-acids to required sites in the Brain, thus stimulating production of important Bio-Organic Molecules such as Glutamic acid, so required for Brain Metabolic System,
  5. Group C Nerve Fibres are unmyelinated, have low conduction velocity & carry sensory information. What DMSO does is that it cuts the Peripheral Nerve C Fibres and this supposedly gives almost instant pain-inflammation relief.

Indications-Medicinal Benefits: It is Anti-Microbial-Anti-Cancerous-Metabolic-Immune System Booster (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal [Reportedly Microbials can’t survive in DMSO strength of anywhere above 25-30%]…; Autoimmune Disorders such as Scleroderma-Deteriorates functioning of Blood Vessels-Skin-Muscles-Internal Organs=>Thickening of Skin-Connective Tissue Results (DMSO has shown to be able to dissolve Collagen at high Conc. of 90%), Multiple Sclerosis, Sarcoidosis-Growth of Granulomas-Inflammatory Cells over different parts of the body; Amyloidosis-Build-up of abnormal proteins-Amyloid Fibrils in the Tissues, Aids movement of Microphages [Large WBC;s that move around in the body killing harmful foreign pathogens in the body] freely through Tissues within the body), Powerful Anti-Inflammatory-Bone Health (Vasodilator-Dilates-Widens Blood Vessels & thus increases Blood Flow to the affected area, Dental Cavity Swelling-Inflammation post Tooth Extraction, Sprains-Sports Injuries, Pacifies Swelling & Inflammation-Severe Muscle-Joints Ache, Arthritis, Tendinitis-Inflammation of Tendon-Connective Tissues-Muscle to Bone, Bursitis-Inflammation of Fluid [Synovial] Filled Sacs-Results in loss of Cushioning Effect at the Joints), Digestive-Abdominal-Metabolic Disorders (Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Gastritis, Ulcers, Haemorrhoids), Respiratory System-Oral Health (Nasal Congestion, Sinusitis, Asthma; Stops Dental Decay, Gingivitis), Circulatory System (Clears Blood Clots, Atherosclerosis, Vasculitis-Inflammation of Blood Vessels, Frostbite), Skin Health (Skin Burns-Scars-Softens-Removes them, 50+Conc. DMSO readily dissolves Keloids in Weeks), Eye Health (Clear Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma), Excretory-Reproductory System Disorders (Herpes-Caused due Herpes Simplex Virus, Diuretic, Kidney Failure, UTI-Urinary Tract Infections-Severe, Kidney-Gall Bladder Stones, Prostatitis-Inflamed-Swollen Prostate Glands), Neural Disorders (Haemorrhage, Brain Stroke, Meningitis-Brain Inflammation, Neuritis-Nerve Inflammation).

How may we Use-Consume Hydrogen Peroxide-Dosages:

  1. Topical Application (Skin [and hands] should be well cleaned and dried) of 50-90 % DMSO (wearing gloves of material which DMSO should not be able to dissolve). Just use Cotton Ball (DMSO doesn’t dissolve Cotton! Just make sure you use an organic Cotton Ball!) and pat DMSO on affected parts. Concentration used would depend as to how sensitive a particular area is such as on face I would not like to use anywhere more than 50% Conc. Simply a solution of 70% DMSO & 30% Distilled water supposedly works as a great analgesic agent; [Haemorrhoids-Apply same on Protruded-Painful-Swollen areas],
  2. For Topical Application, DMSO may also be blend with essential oils such as Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil and so on…,
  3. Externally: A Drop or two (25 % Conc.) to each Nostril Twice-Thrice a day,
  4. Externally: A Drop or two (25 % Conc.) to each Eye Twice-Thrice a day [Has reportedly given good results for problems such as cataract & Glaucoma],
  5. Diluted to less than 25%, during Lab experiments it has been administered via Inhalation, Orally, Subcutaneously, Intravenously & further diluted, drops have been instilled into the eyes,
  6. Orally: Not more than 2 (or Max. 3) Tsp. of 50-70 % Conc. To take care of Stench add a Tsp to a Cup of Fresh Fruit Juice (Morning) and/or a Cup of Vegetable Soup (Late Afternoon etc.) and/or add few drops to your daily morning and evening dose of wheat grain sprouts and/or a Tsp. of 50 % DMSO added to a cup of warm water with 1-3 Tsp. Jaggery or Molasses added Once-Twice a Day,
  7. DMSO may only be diluted with Pure Distilled Water (Internal Usage) and/or Colloidal Silver (Topical Application and/or Nasal/Ear Drops) and/or Colloidal Copper (Topical Application and/or Nasal/Ear Drops). Interestingly, DMSO-Water bond is even stronger than the water-water bond itself,
  8. Drops to a Tsp. of Upto 70% DMSO added to Herbal Decoction/Plain Water for Enema purposes,
  9. It takes around a day for it to be excreted from the system-what I normally advice is to take a week off (Stop using DMSO for a week) after every 3 weeks of continuous use,
  10. An Example: Let’s say you wish to make a 70% solution of DMSO, what you simply have to Mix 1750 mL of DMSO with 750 mL of Pure Distilled Water…

Non-Medicinal Uses of DMSO:

  1. 50 % DMSO may be used as an Antifreeze (Automobile Industry-Winter Season),
  2. Used as an Industrial Solvent…

Contra-Indications-Side-Effects of DMSO (Dimethyl Sulphoxide):

  1. During Lab Tests it has been reported to have cause Cataract in Dogs (only!) after Long-Chronic-Heavy Dosages! How so Dangerous indeed!!
  2. Use of higher concentrations (50-99%, especially in sensitive areas such as face or behind knee areas) it may produce redness, itching wrinkles and so on… The itching-redness may be taken care of by application of Aloe Vera Gel or simply A2 Ghee. The next step would just be to temporarily halt the consumption/topical application or simply reduce the dosage (% concentration) by half or more,
  3. Sometimes in excess DMSO produces or could produce Urticaria [Raised-Itchy-Red Bumps] but again these vanish in hours-days as DMSO application/intake is suspended/reduced,
  4. Your body may have a Stench-Awful Smell especially if using high concentration of DMSO [Topically & Internally] [Be Ready to Sleep few days away from your Counter-part if need be!!]…
  5. As DMSO is a Detoxifier-Toxins eliminator, it is best advised to have a good balanced diet when using DMSO, especially Wheat Grain Sprouts and Liberal Consumption of A2 Ghee,
  6. Before using it externally (or internally) one may do an allergy test test on the back of your palm (By the way, it is not Sulphates or Sulphur that causes allergic reactions, it is the damn Sulphites-Preservatives in Drinks-Foods that causes Allergies, at times even Asthma…),
  7. DMSO has proved a very complicated herb to understand that I would strongly advise to never ever mix its usage along with other medicinal herbs…Consult a Medical Doctor-Specialist before using DMSO in any-which way…

Legal Disclaimer: The information in this article is not a Medico-Legal advice. Use it at your own risk. Although I do my best to give you accurate and useful information, you should consult an appropriate Medical Professional before Trying out any of the above Information.

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.