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DMSO

Also indexed as:Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)
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DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a colorless, slightly oily liquid that is primarily used as an industrial solvent.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Tendinitis
Apply a 10% gel twice per day under medical supervision3 stars[3 stars]
Dimethyl sulfoxide is anti-inflammatory and may be applied topically to reduce pain and swelling.
Osteoarthritis
Apply a gel containing 25% DMSO under the direction of a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Topical DMSO appears to be anti-inflammatory and able to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis, possibly by inhibiting the transmission of pain messages by nerves.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
When applied to the skin, DMSO has anti-inflammatory properties and alleviates pain, apparently by inhibiting the transmission of pain messages by nerves.
Dupuytren's Contracture
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplemental dimethyl sulfoxide applied to the affected area may reduce pain by inhibiting transmission of pain messages, and may also soften the connective tissue.
Peptic Ulcer
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
DMSO is believed to have antioxidant activity and was found in one study to reduce relapse rates better than the ulcer drug cimetidine (Tagamet).
Sprains and Strains
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
DMSO has anti-inflammatory properties and may inhibit the transmission of pain messages by nerves. Supplementing with it may ease the pain of minor injuries.

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