For the last few months I have been living with a pain in my shoulder, which was diagnosed as “frozen shoulder”. It became very painful and I began to lose mobility in it. Reading about it on the Internet, I learned that it could take up to three years for a complete healing. I started seeing a chiropractor twice a week, and did notice some improvement.

A little while ago my brother-in-law gave me a bottle of DMSO, praising its healing abilities. He owns horses, and it is frequently used on animals as a liniment, along with other treatments. I had heard of DMSO, but I didn’t really know too much about it. So after much research I decided to give it a try. I applied it daily to my shoulder and surrounding area. I would say my shoulder is now about 90% healed; very little pain and most of the movement has returned. I have since used it on other aches and pains and have noticed a complete healing before the day was even over.

Let me share with you a little of what I have learned about this all-natural product.

DMSO, “dimethyl sulfoxide”, is an organic sulfur made from wood pulp. (Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body, after calcium and phosphorous.) First discovered in the 1800’s, it was primarily used as an industrial solvent. In the early 1960’s, its medical properties were discovered by Dr. Stanley W. Jacob, MD, working out of Oregon Health Sciences University. While investigating its potential as a preservative for organs, Dr. Jacob quickly discovered that it penetrated the skin quickly and deeply without damaging it. This led him to a lifelong investigation into its healing abilities.

As always, anything natural will never be promoted by modern medicine. The bottle I have costs less than $10, and I’m sure it will last me more than a year. Not much profit for Big Pharma there. However, if you go to the U.S. National Library of Medicine ( you will find nearly 30,000 indexed results, making it one of the most studied compounds of our time.

DMSO can be administered topically, orally or intravenously, though topically is the most common. You can purchase it as a liquid, cream, gel or roll-on.  It comes in different strengths; the bottle I have is 99% pure. DMSO promotes healing by increasing the blood supply to the area of the injury. It is an effective pain killer, blocking nerve conduction fibers that produce pain. When applied to the skin, DMSO is an excellent anti-inflammatory. And it is a popular form of therapy for athletes suffering from bruises, swelling, and the joint pains that are the direct result of their particular sport.

As a precautionary note, be sure to first wash your hands well, along with the part of your body you are applying it to. Because of DMSO’s ability to break matter down, all contaminants may also be broken down and absorbed into your system. Clothing should be kept off the treated area, allowing the DMSO to be absorbed first, (usually about 20 minutes). A cotton ball is ideal for applying it with. It will feel warm for the first hour or so, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable (and if it is too warm, it usually doesn’t last long). You can dilute it with a little distilled water, if necessary. Feeling itchy in the treated area should be the worst side-effect. It also is said to have a garlic-like odour to it, which may not be appealing to some.

For treating acute conditions, it is recommended that you apply DMSO every two hours immediately after the injury occurs, three or four times the first day. Following that, for the next five days or more, apply every four to six hours. You can expect improvements in the first 24 hours. While chronic conditions will take longer to mend, it is not unusual to notice some easing of pain right away. One application a day is recommended. Apply to a larger area than the pain itself.

Even if DMSO was just good for relieving joint pains, it would be worth writing about.  But it is much more than that.  Here are a few treatments I found on the Internet worth mentioning:

There aren’t many natural products that have FDA approval, but DMSO is used for treating interstitial cystitis; a painful inflammatory condition of the bladder which is very difficult to treat with other therapies. DMSO has a calming effect in the central nervous system and it reaches all areas of the body, when absorbed through the skin, including the brain.  In other words, DMSO applied to one area often leads to pain relief in some other location due to its systemic effect.  Here is a quote I found posted on several websites: “Someone complained to Dr. Jacob of a splitting headache and gave him permission to apply some DMSO after hearing of its capabilities. The headache was gone in minutes, came back in four hours, and left for good after DMSO was applied a second time. Used for one purpose, sometimes it did another; put on a cold sore, within a few hours it cleared up a woman’s sinusitis. A woman who had had a stroke found after DMSO was painted on her painful jaw that she could now write with her paralyzed hand and could walk better.”

DMSO works for arthritis because it is an anti-inflammatory and because it reduces autoimmune antibodies that damage or destroy tissue.

It may decrease pain caused by shingles.

Given soon after a stroke, (ideally by I.V.), DMSO can dissolve the clot that causes the stroke, restoring circulation and avoiding paralysis.

A few dabs on the temples is said to be great for migraine relief

One or two drops of a 25% DMSO solution (diluted in a saline solution) can be used for irritating eye problems, including cataracts

DMSO placed directly into the nostrils can open the blocked sinuses that are associated with sinusitis, providing instant relief

Back pain/disc related problems, MS, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, varicose veins …. in actual fact there are said to be over 300 potential cures/pain reliefs from DMSO.

Doctors and hospitals both in Santiago, Chile and in Argentina have fully developed protocols, using amino acids and DMSO, to successfully treat Down syndrome patients.

There are cancer clinics, (unfortunately not allowed in Canada or the U. S.), that are successfully treating cancer using DMSO in combination with chemotherapy. The chemo is said to bind to the DMSO, which targets only the cancer cells, leaving the healthy cells alone. (Chemotherapy on its own destroys all cells, good and bad). This method only requires about 1/10th of a normal dose of chemotherapy, which is safer for the body, but less profitable for the cancer business.

DMSO can be found in some health stores or purchased off of the Internet.  The purer the better!

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor and I don’t have any medical training.  I am just an individual that researches information that other people have studied and proven to be effective, and I just pass that information on to you.