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Dimethyl sulfoxide, or DMSO, is a clear, odorless liquid, produced as a by-product of the paper industry. Earlier, it was used as an industrial solvent, but after the 20th century, its usage as an anti-inflammatory agent was explored. DMSO is used in treating cancer and bladder syndrome. It is available in gel or cream form and can be bought without a prescription.

Benefits of DMSO

  • DMSO is used to treat pain and swelling caused by bladder or urinary conditions including cystitis
  • It is helpful in relieving the pain of the joints due to osteoarthritis
  • DMSO is widely used in the treatment of cancer
  • DMSO helps in the treatment of burns, and other injuries sometimes used to increase the body’s absorption and can be directly applied on the skin
  • It is helpful in treating conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, stomach disorder and skin disease like scleroderma

Natural Sources of DMSO
Natural sources of DMSO are trees, as it is received as a by-product of paper making. The normal decomposition of plants produces DMSO. Marine and fresh algae also give DMSO. Milk contains very small amounts of DMSO.

When you should take DMSO?
It is always advisable to consult the doctor before taking any natural supplements. DMSO is usually used by people suffering from joint pains, arthritis, cancer, etc. DMSO is available in the form of oral supplements and  gel or cream, which can be applied over the joints three to four times a day to get relief from pain.

When you should avoid DMSO?
There are few side effects associated with the use of DMSO, when applied on skin can cause skin irritation, itching or can give burning sensation and when consumed orally can cause stomach problems, vomiting or feeling of nausea. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should not take DMSO.

Quantity of DMSO to be taken
DMSO can be injected directly into the body every two weeks for treatment of bladder inflammation. The quantity of DMSO is decided by the doctor after studying the medical and health history, as DMSO may interact with the medication and result in serious problems.

Expert Tips/Precautions

  • Always consult the doctor before taking DMSO because a doctor can better understand the need and bearing capacity of your body
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use DMSO
  • DMSO can cause eye problems so take proper precautions
  • When applied on the skin, if DMSO gives a burning sensation or causes irritation the use must be stopped immediately.