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.
How does it work?
DMSO helps medicines get through the skin and can affect proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water in the body.
What is DMSO anyway?
The chemical dimethyl sulfoxide is a potent solvent, produced as a by-product of the wood pulp industry. It is best known medically for its ability to penetrate the skin, and has been useful as a carrier to aid the absorption of other beneficial medications.