DMSO or dimethyl sulfoxide is an industrial solvent that is a by-product of making paper. Even though it’s a controversial product, in the 1960s it was used as an alternative cancer treatment.
There is not exact scientific evidence today that DMSO is effective in curing cancer in humans. Nonetheless, it was proved that it increased the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs.
Today, DMSO is approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) only for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. Those who support DMSO claim that it can cause cancerous cells become benign, but it can also stop the progress of cancer in the bladder, colon, skin, ovary and breast.
There are other specialists saying that this product can also be used in treating leukemia and even as a method of preventing cancer. DMSO does that by “cleaning” the cell membranes and so, it manages to decrease the effect of cancer-causing substance.
Researchers claim that DMSO:
- makes chemotherapy drugs more effective
- reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in people with cancer
- eliminates free radicals caused by such treatments
- boosts the immune system
- controls the “withdrawal symptoms” in cancer patients
- can be used as a cream that when applied to the skin, it reduces pain, decreases swelling and also treats autoimmune diseases
The story of DMSO
DMSO was discovered in the mid-to late 19th century and at that time it was used as an industrial solvent for over hundred years. Later, in the 1950s, scientists discovered that this substance was able to protect cells from the damage of freezing. In the 1960, one of the most important proponents of DMSO, Dr. Stanley Jacob studied other properties. Unfortunately, clinical trials were interdicted due to debates about the safety of this solvent. Nevertheless, in the 1970, DMSO was approved for being used as an anti-inflammatory treatment in horses and dogs.
The most common side-effects:
- itching on contact with the skin
- burning on contact with the skin
- causing garlic-like taste and odour on the breath and skin
This solvent is also believed to increase the effects of heart medicines, steroids, blood thinners, as well as sedatives and many other drugs. Pregnant women should avoid taking it. DMSO is still controversial and relying only on it, without consulting a doctor, may have serious consequences on your health.