DiMethly SulfOxide is a simple compound derived from the processing of wood pulp.

It has been used by veterinarians to promote healing.  

The FDA has restricted DMSO use in humans to the treatment of a rare inflammatory bladder disorder.

DMSO has also been used in veterinary practices to remedy horse and dog’s muscle and bone disorders.

Despite its restricted use, DMSO has been the subject of much hearsay and anecdotal testimonials.

DMSO is promoted as an athletic remedy for joint disease, bursitis, and muscle pain.

DMSO is used by some professional athletes recovering from bruises, swelling, and joint pain.

DMSO is available in pharmaceutical grade for the treatment of interstitial cystitis and as an industrial solvent. This mixture contains 70% DMSO.

It is in this form that DMSO is available to the general public through health food stores.


DMSO is combined with aloe to promote skin revitalization.


The effects of DMSO are due to a strong antioxidant component capable of quenching hydroxyl free radicals. Many of the purported effects of DMSO, including its bactericidal activity are due to its content of sulfur-containing compounds. Sulfur as has been pointed out, is used to form disulfide bonds. Disulfide bonds help maintain connective tissue integrity. Sulfhydryl groups serve in catalytic reactions and are functional components of glutathione peroxidase, an important antioxidant enzyme system and quencher of free radicals. A similar product is MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), which is a metabolite of DMSO. MSM is also said to reduce muscle and joint pain and reduce the swelling associated with inflammation. The mechanism of action involves MSM’s ability to provide sulfur for binding as well as chemical reactions
The importance of sulfur is in maintaining structural integrity of tissue. Garlic is recommended for that purpose.