What does modern medicine think of DMSO?

WebMD.com says:

DMSO is a prescription medicine and dietary supplement. It can be taken by mouth, applied to the skin (used topically), or injected into the veins (used intravenously or by IV).

DMSO is taken by mouth, used topically, or given intravenously for the management of amyloidosis and related symptoms. Amyloidosis is a condition in which certain proteins are deposited abnormally in organs and tissues.

DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe facial pain called tic douloureux. It is used topically for eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and problems with the retina; for foot conditions including bunions, calluses, and fungus on toenails; and for skin conditions including keloid scars and scleroderma. It is sometimes used topically to treat skin and tissue damage caused by chemotherapy when it leaks from the IV that is used to deliver it. DMSO is used either alone or in combination with a drug called idoxuridine to treat pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster infection).

Intravenously, DMSO is used to lower abnormally high blood pressure in the brain. It is also given intravenously to treat bladder infections (interstitial cystitis) and chronic inflammatory bladder disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain DMSO products for placement inside the bladder to treat symptoms of chronic inflammatory bladder disease. DMSO is sometimes placed inside bile ducts with other medications to treat bile duct stones.

In manufacturing, DMSO is used as an industrial solvent for herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, and plant hormones.

How does it work? DMSO helps medicines get through the skin and can affect proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water in the body.

Modern medicinal uses

The medical community says it is:

Effective for:

  • Bladder infections (interstitial cystitis) when used as an FDA-approved product.

Possibly Effective for:

  • Decreasing nerve pain caused by the herpes zoster virus (shingles) when used with a drug called idoxuridine.
  • Inflammatory bladder disease.
  • Treating skin and tissue damage caused by chemotherapy when it leaks from the IV.

Medical Studies on DMSO

Study Name:
Dimethyl sulfoxide in treatment of inflammatory genitourinary disorders. Shirley SW, Stewart BH, Mirelman S.

Study Findings:
Intravesical dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) has been used in the treatment of 213 patients with various inflammatory conditions involving the lower genitourinary tract, including intractable interstitial cystitis, radiation cystitis, chronic prostatitis, and chronic female trigonitis. Significant symptomatic relief has been achieved in the majority of patients so treated, and no systemic or local toxicity has been noted.

There are some 2000+ studies involving DMSO. Itʼs benefits and risks are still not fully
understood.

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