DMSO Treatment Relieves Joint & Muscle Pain

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: General Health, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/15/2014

DMSO Treatment Relieves Joint & Muscle Pain

If joint and/or muscle pain is interfering with your quality of life, I suggest you give dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) a try. DMSO is an exceptionally versatile therapy. For starters, it’s one of the few compounds that can be administered orally, intravenously, intramuscularly, or topically.

Rubbed on the skin—the most common method of DMSO treatment—it is quickly absorbed into the deeper tissues. And when it’s mixed with other substances, DMSO efficiently delivers them into the underlying area where they’re needed. At Whitaker Wellness, we use DMSO treaments to improve penetration of antifungals when treating stubborn toenail fungus and to enhance absorption of topical pain-relieving drugs.

But DMSO is much more than a carrier—it’s a potent anti-inflammatory in its own right that helps relieve any kind of joint or muscle pain. I know from personal experience that it works for sprains, strains, and joint and muscle aches. During my marathon days, I used a DMSO treatment regularly on my Achilles’ tendon, and it was a lifesaver for my aching knees when I was into long-distance cycling.

Why is it so effective? DMSO is rich in sulfur, one of the most abundant elements in your body. Sulfur plays a role in the formation of muscle, skin, hair and nails and is a major building block of collagen, the connective tissue that makes up cartilage. In fact, studies show that cartilage afflicted with degenerative arthritis contains subnormal levels of this important element.

Sulfur has also been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, and to this day, health-seekers around the world flock to the rejuvenating waters of natural sulfur springs. The warm, mineral-rich waters relieve chronic pain and inflammation, facilitate healing, and improve function and range of motion. Since most of us don’t have sulfur hot springs in our backyards, DMSO treatment is a great alternative for restoring sulfur levels and relieving pain.

DMSO treatment is remarkably safe, but it does have one downside. Because of its abundance of sulfur, it can have an unpleasant smell. But don’t let that dissuade you from trying it.

DMSO treatment creams can be found in health-food stores and online. To avoid skin irritation, I recommend using a 70 percent concentration. To use, simply rub a small amount into the affected area until absorbed. Repeat the DMSO treatment two or three times a day as needed.

Now it’s your turn: Have you ever used a DMSO treatment before?

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