- DMSO is 99.9% pure Dimethyl Sulfoxide an organosulfur compound with the formula (CH3)2SO. This colorless liquid is an important polar aprotic solvent that dissolves both polar and nonpolar compounds and is miscible in a wide range of organic solvents as well as water. It has a distinctive property of penetrating the skin very readily, so that one may taste it soon after it comes into contact with the skin. Its taste has been described as oyster or garlic-like.
Use of DMSO in medicine dates from around 1963, when a University of Oregon Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system. In medicine, DMSO is predominantly used as a topical analgesic, a vehicle for topical application of pharmaceuticals, as an anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. Because DMSO increases the rate of absorption of some compounds through organic tissues including skin, it is sometimes used as a delivery system.In a 1978 study at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, researchers concluded that DMSO brought significant relief to the majority of the 213 patients with inflammatory genitourinary disorders that were studied. They recommended DMSO for all inflammatory conditions not caused by infection or tumor in which symptoms were severe or patients failed to respond to conventional therapy.
DMSO has been examined for the treatment of numerous conditions and ailments, but the governmental agencies have only approved its use for the symptomatic relief of patients with interstitial cystitis. DMSO is commonly used in veterinary medicine as a liniment for animals, alone or in combination with other ingredients. In the latter case, often, the intended function of the DMSO is as a solvent, to carry the other ingredients across the skin. Also in horses, DMSO is used intravenously, again alone or in combination with other medicines. It is used alone for the treatment of increased intracranial pressure and/or cerebral edema in horses.
Note: Anytime DMSO is mixed with any other liquid, a low grade increase in temperature will result and it will be warm to the touch.
DMSO 9 oz. bottle is 99.9% pure.
DMSO itself poses no known danger, but do not mix it with medicines or any other potentially dangerous elements, chemicals, compounds, or components as it will result in a hyper-absorption of these products, possibly causing more intense adverse reactions or harm.