WHAT is DMSO?
DMSO is short for Dimethyl sulfoxide. Just as the name implies, it is a sulfur based natural occurring solution. Actually a byproduct of the paper making process.
It is a clear solution with more than a few distinct properties. Most commonly known for the “garlic taste" one experiences when using this medicine. Not to mention the fact that you will smell. Interestingly enough, the smell is specific to that individual. To be more specific, when I take DSMO internally, it's been said that I smell like....tomatoes, silage and even sardines! Personally, I guess a little odor in exchange for no pain is alright by me.
DMSO has been used as a vehicle to reduce swelling and pain in horses, particularly race horses. Alone or in combination with other drugs either through the skin or intravenously, with startling results.
The chemical itself has been around since the 1800’s. However, DMSO’s medicinal usage wasn’t truly recognized until a young DR. Stanley Jacobs lead a team at Oregon Health & Science University Medical School. It was learned that DMSO combined with other medicines could be delivered through the skin directly into the blood stream. Increasing the effectiveness of ingredients when using this solvent. Dr Jacobs devoted his entire life to studying and treating patients with DMSO.