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DSMO Part: 2

Therapeutic Properties
By Dr. Renae Norton

In the 1960s, medical research with DMSO showed it could not only dissolve substances, but it could also penetrate human skin and carry the dissolved substances along with it! This is remarkable because human skin is impenetrable to most substances.

So, how does DMSO work? For one thing it neutralizes hydroxyl radicals. “So what?” you say? It turns out “hydroxyl free radicals” are the predominant cause of pain and inflammation. So, arthritis would be a good example. Likewise, although DMSO is not known to cure cancer, hydroxyl free radicals are also present in cancer. Finally, hydroxyl free radicals are also thought to be the source of many degenerative diseases.

As a result, users of DMSO get relief from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, as well as burns, sprains, back and neck problems and many other ailments. In terms of medical applications, it serves as an excellent antifreeze, preventing tissue damage ordinarily caused by freezing conditions. It controls the swelling of the brain and spinal cord following traumatic injury and, if given intravenously within ninety minutes of a stroke, it prevents much of what would become permanent damage to the central nervous system.

Applied topically, and repeatedly, it will flatten a raised keloid scar and prevents the contracture of scar tissue following burns. Some cancer researchers believe it has a useful place in the treatment of many cancers in that it supports other forms of therapy.

It also plays a role in chronic diseases such as diabetes, as it decreases the need for insulin in 25% of juvenile onset diabetics.

Other uses of DMSO include tic doloreaux, headache, various skin diseases including herpes, cataracts and glaucoma, retinal degeneration, scleroderma, shingles, bunions, calluses, fungus toenails and asthma.

These statements only scratch the surface of the possible medical uses of DMSO. Despite this, the FDA refuses to approve the use or prescription of DMSO for anything other than interstitial cystitis in all but eight of our fifty states. All of this in spite of the fact that DMSO has been shown to be safer than aspirin. Many people have died from taking aspirin. Not one person has ever died from DMSO. So much for medical enlightenment.


To summarize: Here are 16 Major Therapeutic Properties of DMSO: Referenced from “DMSO, Nature’s Healer” by Dr. Morgan Walker pages 50 and 152:

  1. It blocks pain by interrupting the conduction in the small c-fibers, which are the nonmyelinated nerve fibers.
  2.       It is anti-inflammatory. Information is the body’s way of reacting to damage. Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.
  3. It kills bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
  4. It transports numerous pharmaceuticals across membranes.
  5. It reduces the incidence of platelet thrombi in blood vessels.
  6. It has a specific effect on cardiac contractility by inhibiting calcium to reduce the workload of the heart.
  7. It stimulates prostaglandin synthesis – cyclical fatty acids that possess diverse biologic activities that affect cell function in every organ system. PGs have sedative and anticonvulsive effects on the central nervous system.
  8. It enhances antifungal and antibacterial agents when combined with them.
  9. It is a vasodilator, probably related to histamine release in the cells and to prostaglandin inhibition.
  10. It inhibits the release of cholinesterase.
  11. It tends to soften collagen by its peculiar cross-linking effect.
  12. It scavenges the hydroxyl free radical.
  13. It stimulates various types of immunity.
  14. It is a potent diuretic, especially when administered intravenously.
  15. It brings about interferon formation in the organism.
  16. It stimulates the healing of wounds.


In part three I will describe in detail how to use DMSO safely. Please do not use DMSO without support from a practitioner who uses DMSO in her practice. If you would like to schedule a session to find out more about DMSO from Dr. Norton please contact her at the following phone number or email address.

[email protected] (513 212 8799).

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