DMSO Cures: DMSO for Herpes and More!

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DMSO, or dimethyl sulfoxide has been used for many years by athletes to treat painful muscles and joints. DMSO builds up the white blood cells and increases immune production of migration inhibitory factors (MIF) by macrophages.

DMSO has been associated with a number of therapeutic benefits, such as for the healing of wounds; its use as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal; softens collagen, helps eliminate hydroxyl free radicals in the body, stimulates the immune system, increases interferon formation, reduces the number of platelet thrombi, and is a potent diuretic. DMSO skin remedies are useful in treating topical fungal infections.

DMSO Testimonials for Multiple Alternative Treatments!

On this page you will find dozens of DMSO testimonials for numerous home and folk cures. Everything from DMSO pain remedies to DMSO for herpes; our readers have created a number of discussions over the use of DMSO for migraines, burns, hair loss, scars, wound treatment, muscle strain, and even for ticks. Let us know if you try DMSO for any of the ailments listed here, and especially if you know of a home use that we do not yet have listed.


Posted by Jessi (Murrieta, Ca) on 12/06/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I have been using DMSO for acne and it's the only thing that has seemed to help reduce the inflammation and really help with my severe acne. It does make my skin very dry and flaky, but if I use an oil free moisturizer it seems ok.

I have been using the DMSO morning and night and I just roll it over my face before my other skin care products. There is a slight/mild tingle and stinging for about 5 mins. I am also using on top of the DMSO the Jan Marnin Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion which I think is working well together with the DMSO. I'm not able to use Benzyol Peroxide because I am allergic to it, so the DMSO has been an amazing cure for my acne. I truly can't live with out it. If you are suffering from acne I would definitely recommend trying the DMSO. I use the roll on 70% DMSO 30% aloe or the 70% DMSO 30% distilled water. It's $10.00 on Amazon .:)

Replied by Gri Court


I 'd be careful with DMSO when using typical skin care products which most of the time have ingredients one doesn't want in its system.

Replied by Riles

DMSO is a good carrier Gri Court, that is why you should be careful.

Back Pain

Posted by Serenity (Jordan) on 11/05/2014

Hi, I have done several surgeries and have multilevel titanium rods and screws holding some of my vertebrates together. My question is can I use DMSO for back pain at the location that has the metal. Would this be toxic in anyway or dissolve the metal hardware?


Replied by Serenity

Ted or anyone I would appreciate it if you could shed some light on my situation. I have dmso but afraid to use it because of the titanium and platinum in my back.

Replied by Ann

Hello Serenity,

Did you ever get a response to your question re. DMSO.

I have come to this forum with the same question. My son has a metal "cage" in his neck after an accident in 2013 which has left him a quadraplegic. I am using DMSO again on his neck but had the same thought. Is it dangerous for him? Will the DMSO connect with the metal in his neck and leech into his system. Does anybody know? Please!

Replied by John Keller
Central Virginia

As to DMSO leaching metals from implants, I would say unlikely. I don't say this lightly!

I have a 4-link stent in my LAD heart artery.

It is a "25 year drug eluting" stent.

I use a half to a full tablespoon ORAL DMSO (50%-50% dmso/water) every few days or weeks "as needed" for health reasons. So does my fiancee for her many medical problems that had no success with anything else.

What you MUST DO is use alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg., at least twice a day, during AND AFTER using oral/topical high dose/injected DMSO for, I would suggest, a week minimum.

That is to help detox your blood from the use of DMSO and Lugol's iodine and all the bacteria/virises/fungus/pathogens that DMSO and Lugol's has destroyed. If you don't, you will feel like you got hit by a truck!

Alpha Lipoic acid "takes out the trash" of all these dead nasty creatures etc..

Do it like that and you will feel great.

All evidence based suggestions.

Oh, yes, the Lugol's iodine mix will kill all those pathogens that can cause you back pain and damage. I just told you how to fix it too late unless you had mechanical injuries.

No matter what the reason you had the work done, you have iodine deficiency and a compromised immune system unless you are dosing with Lugol's solution.


Look it up!

You've surgery and almost everybody has "low-grade infections" that are a HUGE, but unknown problem for the general population.

High dose vitamin D, at least a thousand iu of D3 PER 25 lbs. of body weight - MINIMUM and 10mg. (4 drops) Lugol's iodine 2% solution a day, works for most everyone I know to feel more mentally alert, focused, CALM, and inflammation SUPPRESSED/immune system modulated and ARMED.

The research is impressive.

Replied by Serenity

From what I read online (Very limited info on that btw) that it should not matter much and is ok to use.

Replied by Santa
North Pole

Metals are not a problem! You can use DMSO and you'll be glad you did!

Posted by Pickle (Boston, MA) on 11/05/2014
4 out of 5 stars

I'm a 44 year old active mom that loves to do hard work in the garden, bike ride, hike, etc. I am generally healthy, but had a small accident when I was 27. Diagnosed with a ruptured L4. I managed it well though my 30's & pregnancies. When I hit 40, it started to give me trouble. Worse in the past 2 years, esp after a physical therapist did a move on me that sent it into a new stratosphere of pain. A year of painful hell followed. I rehabbed myself after bad advice/treatments from spine drs, orthopedist, physiatrists, chiropractors, acupuncture, and a poorly administered cortisone shot. Trigger point therapy helped a TON. However, I have residual chronic low back pain. I don't like RX opioids, Advil, etc. I am a clean eater - lots of organic fruits, veggies, local meat/eggs/chicken/dairy, filtered water. I've been the same weight for 20 years (5'6,125 lbs) I supplement with probiotics, calcium, zinc, selenium, magnesium, B complex, Vit C with rosehips, those kinds. Nothing too exotic. No juices or sodas for me, one 8 oz cup of coffee a day. No real alcohol consumption.

I finally caught an article on MSM and how to up your dose to manage inflammation. I could not BELIEVE how much relief I have gotten in the past 2 weeks from 6000-8000 mg of MSM a day (with Vit C for better absorption). No side effects, really.

Feeling better, I have jumped back into the joy of fall raking, no small feat here in New England, but I love it. Now I am achy & ouchy, in my low back in esp my legs. I can't imagine how much I would be hurting if I wasn't taking the MSM! So I purchased some 99.9% pure DMSO liquid from a feed store, plus some DMSO 70% rose scented cream from Amazon after reading all these good things about it.

Please, anyone with a good knowledge of DMSO, I need some answers!

I am not getting any weird taste or smell from my DMSO applied to skin. Does that mean it isn't the real thing? It sure does sting if I use it ABOVE the waist (why?) but not below the waist! Am I supposed to apply a lot, enough to taste?

I have a small appetite. I drink a glass of water with each 1000mg of MSM, plus my Vit C capsule. It is displacing my appetite for regular meals. My thought is, maybe I can ingest DMSO in smaller amounts so as not to throw my appetite off. Can I take DMSO internally? How much? Will it harm me? How do I take it? Do I buy a diluted solution? Will it help with this elevated ache after hard outdoor labor? I also can't take MSM after 6 or 7 pm, keeps me awake, which leaves me achy at night, hard to sleep.

My husband is skeptical and does NOT want me to try this, thinking I could harm myself. Any guidance would be welcome. Also any other advice on how to manage this would be appreciated. Sorry for the long back story!

Thank goodness for Earth Clinic! Thanks to everyone for their input!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Pickle (Boston, MA) --- if DMSO does not have an odour, it is because it only happens to some people, not all. I do not get it myself. It stings in the upper body because it has to be diluted especially if used in the upper body.

It can be ingested. Please see Dr. Jacob's website. He is thought to be the "father of DMSO". There is also a section on DMSO here on EC.

I hope this will give you new perspectives and all the best.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Timh
2109 posts

Pickle: Two items comes to mind to help your painful back and soreness condition. A once weekly hot bath for at least 1hr w/ 1/4 cup Baking Soda, 1/4 cup Epsom Salt, 1/4 cup Borax. About halfway into your bath, you can add the liquid DMSO which works for me very well as there is no burn.

Magnet Therapy directly over the injured vertebrae should help noticeably. One could wear a magnet belt over the area for several hrs per day or sleep on a magnet pad at night.

As for the MSM and Vit-C, if I am not mistaken, MSM is readily absorbable and the Vit-C is not, but taken together they compliment absorption and utilization. I have used both these substances separately in the past w/ limited results for a bone infection until I read a Walter Last article stating that the antibiotic power of this combination is many more times greater than either alone; and I can testify this is so as I have finally, as of only recently, made some progress in my condition. So, from this, it seems highly likely that you also have infection issues.

You may also consider Zapping with a Don Croft Zapper to kill any local infection in that L4. The infection hypothesis is further validated as what appears to be maybe also a Kidney infection as evidenced by the chronic low back pain. Remember, injury/pain/inflammation/infection are conspirators in their ministry of one's misery. Low sugar Cranberry Juice or simply Cranberry softgels should provide immediate relief for the low back pain.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Pickle,

I can sympathize with your low back problem. I've had low back issues for many years. You report many years ago your L4 was diagnosed as ruptured. Quite serious but if truly ruptured you would be suffering even more than you are. I can see how MSM could benefit but here is my take on your description...much like what I've experienced.

Your L4 is significantly displaced; likely your pelvis is a half Inch out of line and twisted. You likely have an S curve in your whole back. Most folks who have an S curve also have some neck issues. If left uncorrected over the years most people will begin experiencing not only hip issues from the pelvis shift but ultimately knee problems too...since the WHOLE frame is out of alignment.

When I work on "frame" issues I approach as a unit problem. There can be exceptions to this general rule...point specific as opposed to a unit issue. Maybe in your case ONLY the L4 is the culprit...from some injury and the entirety: neck/shoulder rotation/ S curve compensating for the upper frame injury/ and then pelvis shift as also compensating and then knee issues.

That sequence can be in reversed order: A pelvis injury effecting the spine and then that misalignment effects ultimately the neck and shoulder. Headaches, shoulder rotation and forward posture, numbness of hands and aching back at S curve junctions result. And hip joint and knee problems also result.

Well, to help correct I do a lot of things, but in your case, Pickle, lets assume the problem is JUST...L4 but from your description, the pelvis sounds shifted also. Again, I say that is unlikely because of how long the issue has been present with you.

If me, I'd find a chiropractor that could get the pelvis rotated. L4 would almost certainly have resulted in pelvis shift. This results in muscle contraction in the legs, especially inner thigh and sharp hurts in deep low back.

The MSM and DMSO treatment can help with pain but in my opinion based on what I personally experience, and on seeing others with similar problems; you'll not really be helped on a fundamental level until the FRAME issue is addressed or if more localized, your low back and pelvis are not adjusted.

Not all chiropractors are alike ... some are really good with low back adjustment. Go to more than one until you find someone who seems to really know how to help. A good chiropractor is worth his weight in gold!

If, in your experience, you feel the problem is aching in the pelvis area, you know the situation is way beyond the L4 issue. If you are experiencing mid back pain; neck and shoulder pain; headaches in the back part of the head around the neck; and of course neck pain... then the problem is fully S curve related with the corresponding frame resulting maladjustments.

With my low back pelvis issue, I'd have my wife, (like the Japanese do) stand gently on my beltline, while I pushed gently up like a push up; repeating a few times. So stationary pressure would be applied to pelvis while I pushed up from the other direction. THIS IS A FORM OF PRESSURE POINT THERAPY.

Also, I use stretches that address the atrophy problem associated with low back misalignment.

Pain that results in "limping" is often a result of atrophy. And inner thigh tightening pain.

Well, not an easy answer to your situation. But as much of an advocate for nutritionals as I am, I think on certain spine problems/ shoulder/ neck and pelvis/knee pain; the issue is a FRAME matter.

I hope some of my suggestions (low back) might help.

Replied by Pickle
Boston, MA

Thanks so much for all this input. Trying to sort through it all. Thank you Om, TimH, and Dave for taking the time to reply!

Replied by Raymond


All this advice sounds good and most of it will probably be helpful but please check out mega dosing vitamin C (Liposomal) instead of taking by a pill. Keep up the use of DMSO. I know it helps me when I hurt.

Replied by Mary
Buenos Aires

I have the same question, is it safe to use with metal titanium as long as is far from the metal? Thank you.

Replied by Ines

It's difficult to ascertain the quality of DMSO that you buy but I basically tell my clients to start with small doses, drops directly on the skin below the waist and diluted above. Depends on your skin type too, there is no rule of law for using DMSO and I have not heard of anyone overdosing from it. I use it for everything...from 50% cream for capillaries, scars and healing wounds to dropping 5 drops in each glass that I drink. I can apply to all parts of my body without any reactions but my husband will get a red itchy reaction so I use the 50/50 gel. Don't be afraid to experiment in dosage, but be careful if you blend it. For instance, I used to take 2 caps of Zaldiar (tramadol/acetometaphine), with 10 drops of DMSO in glass of water, I only need 1 cap...I suggest that you do your research before you start using it; many of us here can only give you information based on our own experiences but that doesn't mean it will work for you. Like any drug, each body has a different chemical composition, same goes for these natural substances.

I made my first batch of Cannabis Oil, ingest 1 rice size dosage and it knocked me out yet when I was younger I probably could do a lot more and not get affected. So, slowly experiment and for direction skin application, do a test first. In my 20 years of using DMSO I have never had a negative experience with it. Good luck!

Replied by Jimmiec

DMSO The Miracle Drug of the NW by Dr Jacob Stanley. The godfather in DMSO for 49+ years. The, your, pain comes from the excess inflammation ; Like cannabus =CBD oil, [Pot] best of the 3 for brain and mental handicaps, and turmeric, all are very similar. They do not "fix" ailments as DR does with chemicals = poison. They "cure" them. = cancer, = diabetes, = brain, = severe burns, = improve mental health, = blood pressure, = gun shot tp brain or elsewhere. DMSO is illegal for Drs to use yet it can be found in ER for bullet wounds, or whatever, and start immediate shrinking of the brain to normal and quickly starts healing. Now!!!

Please, for your gain, research of these 3 Natural Meds. They will "cure" anyone = thing = Grandpa, children, dog, husband? maybe will benefit and save much Med $$.

To me, the DMSO serves a better service. Put on ya big toe and taste it in 6-8 seconds,,,,,,,,,, while carrying any Medicine [ or poison. wash hands first.] through the skin directly into the blood streams. MXM! It is good. must be! Its is DMSO Crystal because it is unlawful Dr to prescription, or be sold off the shelf as a human Med. Multi $$$$ milliom NFL = MLB, jocks, Athletes have used it for 50 +years and is used for animals. $$$ Million horses? Is it safe? Yaaahhhh. I have used DMSO since '79 for cuts, burns, pain, cancer, [ after 4 surgeries. No cancer for one year after Turmeric and Canaabus Oil, many things and have gave 50=60 bottles over the years. Keep some in car. And. If you use it, sponge it on. It will take the oil from the skin after several "rubbins" and skin may itch. I could go on for ever about DMSO. So much pain, cancer, burns, etc, name it= has been the true miracle meds. After all, 6000 years ago God knew we would need His help. But. Do your own research. You will enjoy it. jim

PS You can mix many meds with DMSO and put it under the tongue with eye dropper. Sponge on skin. Instantly it is in the blood stream. You can take one T=spoon each morning as Dr Jacobs did. [ He did not have one day of sickness in 40 years. Or mix with juices, milk, coffee, tea, water, etc, anything ; Safe liquid, food. j

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn

JEMMIEC,,,,,,,, worked for Crown Z when they produced DMSO in Bogalusa from black liquor from the paper industry. I have most of his books and still buy from Dr Jacob's Lab. One thing I did learn is that the company has moved their production facilities to Tuscaloosa, Al and it is now made from Methane Gas.

About the only good thing I can say about Ted Kennedy is that he tried to get DMSO accepted by the medical field with his congressional hearings. No way that was going to happen..... too cheap and too effective as you post.

I congratulate you on a post that will get folks attention to the product.


Replied by Jamal
Riyadh, Ksa

Hi R.Henry,

Please, what is the difference between the dmso derived from the black liquor, and the one that is made from methane gas? Which one to use.

Best regards,


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

JAMAL,,,,,,, first, a chemical compound is a chemical compound regardless of how it produced. The caveat is purity from the the process and I have confidence in the Jacob Lab people. The other thing is that the only DMSO produced in the paper industry was at the Old Bogalusa mill and it is closed. So, I don't think you have an option here in the U.S. I don't know about the rest of the world.

Folks post on DMSO full time about penny annie ails. What some may not know is that this compound can be a life saver, but you will almost have go it on your own. Hulda Clark was run out of the U.S. and had to practice in Mexico until her death. She is idolized in Germany and they are going whole hog with her radical protocols. That is how much we fight anything new, novel, natural and cheap. That goes for Ozone and Cuba is the place to be for that. Can you believe it? Driving our '50s cars and ahead of us on the use of Medical Ozone. Kidding me ..... right?

For those at life's end, I suggest you read this article about the Ted Kennedy's senate hearings to learn how the solvent has save many patients that were told to get their papers in order. If one of these testimonies fit your situation ...... then go for it.

DMSO - The Persecuted Drug by Dr - ResearchGate
The Persecuted Drug - The Story of DMSO (from which the title of this chapter ... testified at a hearing of Senator Edward Kennedy's sub-committee on health:

What our the FDA has done to this miracle solvent is criminal for certain. We use 21 century technology to determine the problem and 17 century science to address what is found.

I am learning that from the PEMF book that I am now reading. I have health issues that I dare not allow the Allopathic's get involved except to get me the test's that I need and keep score with. For that I use a Nurse Practitioner. I have have been to Mayo's twice for physicals, UAB and Scott White in Texas. They too put their britches on one leg at a time.

I have cancer in my blood, prostate and pancreas. It is monitored quarterly with a $85 DNA test. I use the integrative doctor for counsel, but I hoe my own row. I doubt that any Oncologist test would tell them that I have Stage l cancer. I am using my own immune system to address my cancer. Regardless, I choose not to go down the Allopathic trail, especially at my age.

My church has had me on their prayer list for several years and since I have not died, they took me off. Don't want to waste the Lord's time with someone who's treating themselves. Guess who I talk to about my problems? Yep, The Lord.

Jamal, I wish you well. =====ORH====

Replied by Gri Court

Let's not forget that distilled water should be use with DMSO as regular tap water even filtered contains fluoride, chlorine, chloramine and inorganic minerals that your body accumulates over time. Putting vitamin C in the water neutralizes the chlorine and chloramine, something to keep in mind when taking a bath with DMSO. Also essential oils can be mixed with DMSO.

Posted by Matt (Millbrook, Ny) on 12/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had slept on a bad mattress for one night too many. I woke up one day with sharp pains in my back. It made work very difficult, but I figured it would eventually go away on it's own. No dice. One day, after a week of back pain, I took about 1/2 teaspoon of DMSO to help my immune system recover after Lyme. I didn't realize it at first, but the back pain was gone within hours (probably sooner), and it NEVER came back! I even slept on that bad mattress again! lol not smart...

I should also add that some people are very sensitive to the smell of DMSO, and I "offended" at least one person.

Replied by Sher
Jackson, Ca

I just purchased DMSO 99.99% Pharma solvent grade which says it is odor less from a company named 21st Century Chemical on Ebay. I have not tried it yet. I must admit I never have heard of odor less DMSO. The company has been registered on ebay since 2006.

Replied by Man
Sojouring America

From my experience it seems that the people who are unhealthy, and smokers especially, find the odor of DMSO offensive the most.

Replied by Man
Sojouring America
5 out of 5 stars

I had very sore muscles in my back recently from labour and I applied the DMSO gel by hand to my lower and upper back, then I put on by a roller cayenne extract after about 5 minutes. The results: The best heat pad in on the earth. It felt wonderful all day long. It was like an electric heat pad that I could walk around with all day.

DMSO comes from trees.

Replied by Andrew
Toronto, Canada

Can anyone recommend a source for medical grade DSMO?

Thanks, Andrew

Replied by Andrew
Ma., US
Replied by Nancy
5 out of 5 stars

I've used DMSO for years; I'm 73 now. The best is from Dr. Jacob's lab. He researched it for 50 years an F now is 93 and healthy. Make sure to put it on clean skin as it's absorbed and takes other things with it. I take it in my orange juice and externally. It is today modern miracle like aspirin was a century ago. I'm a retired chemistry I am aware of chemical uses. I've read every book I could find and watched videos on YouTube. My dog jerked her leash and me and caused me some terrible back and arm pain. I'm getting better using the DMSO directly on the pain areas. It gets rid of inflammation which causes lots of pain. It is absorbed by cells and repairs them if they are damaged including precancerous ones. It's faboulous! Every ambulance should have it.


This is for Nancy. I have chronic copd. I haven't left my house in a year. I want to start using DMSO in my nebulizer but don't know how to dilute it or what to dilute it with. Would you know anything about this? Thank you for any help. Kathy

Replied by Betty A.
Manti, Utah

I found my 99.9% pure DMSO in the animal treatment area of the local farm supply store. Ignore the part on the label that says that it is not for human consumption. That is to keep you-know-who happy. It is very reasonable in price there, also.

Replied by Gri

My husband doesn't smoke and doesn't use DMSO and when I do use the 70% gel topically, he says that the whole room stinks like sulphur (garlic, onion smell) although I can't even smell it in my own breath, he can. He says it's a romance killer. Because of that I skip going to the gym when on it.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

HI U GRI,,,,,,,,,,, it is a fact that your breath will smell like garlic when you do DMSO. That is the reason they never did a double blind test on DMSO. That is an excuse not to give the compound credibility. Too cheap and too effective. Just like Cannabis oil.

ATS =======ORH========

Replied by Fred

Perhaps if your husband would use a little also he wouldn't smell it on you. Like eating an onion, if both people eat a little neither smells it.

Replied by Ines

DMSO doesn't have an odor really....if you put it through your fingers it's slippery like an oil but not oily. I have taken up to 20 drops of DMSO per day and never experienced any negative reactions; but for someone else it might cause an intense detox reaction. DMSO doesn't have an odor though it has been reported that some people may smell like garlic from using it.

Replied by Vikki D.
Columbus, Ga

I got the 99.9% pure pharmaceutical grade on Amazon. It is very inexpensive for a big glass bottle.

Replied by Cathy D.
Thomasville, North Carolina

I found my 99.9% pharmaceutical grade DMSO on Then I just bought the distilled water from my local grocer. Hope this helps. I also highly recommend the book "DMSO Nature's Healer", by Dr. Morton Walker, which I also found at

Replied by Margeaux
Los Angeles, Ca

Gri Hola,

I don't know whether you check this site, notice your post is from 2016. Do you apply the gel with your hand, or what if I may ask do you use? Just trying to be careful with the application of DMSO, since it has a strong capability as a delivery system if one uses it topically on the skin.

Can I use a metal spoon to take some out of the container? Mostly what I have read, is that one should use a cotton, or q-tip.

Thank you,


Replied by Jam
Asheville, Nc

I would NOT use a q-tip or cotton to apply DMSO as most cotton (if not organic) is loaded with pesticides!

Replied by Jam
Asheville, Nc

Because DMSO carries substances into your skin you have to be careful about what you apply it with. I would never use a plastic roller as I do not want the chemicals from the plastic in my system. I also would not use my hands to apply it because if there is any DMSO left on your hands even after washing, then everything you handle with your hands all day long will be absorbed as well. I use a small glass bottle or jar to apply it! I just put a small amount on the outside of the jar and use the jar to rub it into my skin. Then I wash the outside of the jar with a pure soap and water and reuse it for next time. I am trying to think of something better that is made of glass such as a glass pestle or something.

Replied by Margeaux
Los Angeles, Ca


Thanks so much for the reply about what to use to apply the DMSO. I hadn't thought about the cotton having pesticides, interesting, and you're right!

Now using a small glass jar is quite a unique idea. I'm thinking that the glass jar would probably have to be kind of small, so one could have more control of it when applying the gel to the skin? The idea of a glass pestle is great. I'm going to look for one next time I'm in a store that has higher end kitchen acoutrements, I know I've seen these somewhere. I was thinking of a glass stir, like one of those to stir up a drink.

Thanks great ideas!



Try a small glass spray bottle.

Replied by Juiceman

Great call Jam, who would have thunk it, you did.

Replied by Claudi0
Spring Hill, Florida

I have done tons of research and just completed reading three books on the DMSO subject.

99.9% is sold in feed stores for use on animals, and 99.995% is sold as pharmacy grade - difference is that the purer grade has been sent through an additional charcoal filtering to remove any tiny contaminates that may remain after processing. Amazon sells the purest 99.995 grade very reasonable.

One of the most recommended ways to apply is with a natural bristle paint brush, or organic cotton balls. Never use water to mix with unless it is distilled water, otherwise what ever may be in the water will be also pulled into your skin; anything you mix with DMSO will be pulled into the skin and below. It is a very safe product if you use properly and very beneficial to many aches and pains.

Don't cover the application if you use it anywhere above the waist and dilute it further than any mixture you use below the waist. You may cover it if used below the waste but use clean white cotton material or towels so that the dye from the material is not also sucked through you skin. An application can be wiped off after 30 minutes as that is the longest it takes to absorb the benefits.

Always make sure your skin in very clean and dry before using. Never rub it on with your hand - it can cause skin irritation in that spot and if left on the palms of your hands, will also look like they've been soaked in water for hours. The skin will most likely turn a reddish color for a short period of time as the circulation is stepped up but will go away very soon. Slight itching may happen but do not itch it. It will stop soon. Not all experience these side affects but a lot do.

Hope this was helpful to those with questions.

Posted by Lucinda (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA) on 01/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Found some roll on DMSO in a closet I was cleaning out and found your website. I have lower back pain and I put some on it. Already, it feels good! Thank you, Lucinda

Replied by Ben
Parker, CO

First I would like to recommend the book DMSO: Nature's Healer. It is a must read for anyone wanting to learn more or use DMSO. Second the main side effect of DMSO is a oyster/fish like smell on the breath, within seconds of application. There is extreme importance in thoroughly cleaning the area where DMSO will be used, prior to use. DMSO is a solvent, therefore, whatever comes into contact with it will be absorbed into the skin very rapidly. So clean, clean, clean, then use. From my experience, DMSO can be mixed with many things, as it enhances absorption and transportation into the body. I personally use it with Arnica oil. Application is called "painting". Simply take the DMSO or mixture and apply in strokes, with a cotton tipped applicator. Good luck and feel free to email with any other questions.

Replied by Leo
Camrose, Alberta

To apply DMSO, I use various kinds of brushes I can buy very cheaply. Just dip the brush, and apply. Great to get at hard to reach places, and it doesn't get on your hands so much. Leo

Replied by Nany
Tokyo, Japan

Hi, I would like to ask how often can I apply DMSO in the affected area ( I have my arm swelling from gout) a day! Im quite afraid may overdo it, thanks

Replied by Man

I have thought about using those cheap "chip brushes" from the paint store to apply DMSO but I am not certain what chemical are on those even if they are brand new. I have several here but am hesitant to use them for that purpose.


Posted by Crystal (Abuja, Nigeria) on 07/26/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used DMSO for third degree burns and it healed after one week without scars, Even hairs were preserved without keloids.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

CRYSTAL,,,,,,,,, yep, DMSO is a miracle compound that I learned of first hand when I worked for CZ back in the 60's. At that time it was made in the CZ Bogalusa, La. paper mill. The Super was a friend of mine and related lots of stories about the employees that worked in that area. None ever had a cold or flu. Also, he related how DMSO cured steam burns to his wrists as you say in your post. Like the Good Book says, He has provided all you need.


Replied by Margeaux
Los Angeles, Ca

Hi Robert,

How you doing?

I was reading your post about DMSO and burns. That's quite amazing! I bought some recently, and quite honestly was somewhat reluctant to use on my BCC. I want to know more about usage, and dosage for various ailments. Could you or anyone tell me, since I keep reading how careful one must be what to use to apply it topically to skin. Should I use a cotton, q-tip to take some out of the jar?

The one I bought is 70%, a gel. My husband is currently really suffering from a bad neck pain he's had over a week now. I'm thinking that I could use about half a teaspoon of the gel, dilute it with distilled water. Then I would use a cotton/q-tip to apply to neck area and just a bit beyond-upper back, allow it to dry. Then, I would apply some aloe vera gel, just in case to prevent the sting. Wondering whether one can even apply it w/one of those wooden stirs for coffee? Of course I know I can use the fingers, but just trying to be careful, because of the delivery stuff.

I'm going to the store in awhile, and I intend to buy some beets. They're a good blood cleanser, so I can circumvent some of the toxins being released probably after the DMSO application.

Thanks so much for this very valuable information, I just love Earth Clinic!

Much Love & Light,


Posted by Pammy (Malibu, California, United States) on 07/03/2010
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One of the most amazing treatments I have ever used is DMSO for burns. I have had serious burns and minor burns.

Usually I just open the container and slap a big tablespoon of DMSO on the burn. It is best to do it right away. I keep it on for about 1/2 hr. I keep a jar in my kitchen for the possibilities of getting burned at the stove. It takes the pain away immediately and the pain never comes back. You can apply a little each day for awhile, but I have not found that necessary. I wish every one knew about this as burns can be so painful. And the burns heal up nicely.

It is either Canada or Alaska that they use DMSO in ER for burns. Blessings to all. Pammy

Replied by Lolo

Nope, not Canada. I was burned second degree on most of my right thigh. ER did not use DMSO.

Posted by Bill (Santa Ana, ca) on 09/03/2007
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I burned my finger one day at home. I quickly grabbed the DMSO washed my finger, poured it over the finger. The pain and swelling stopped immediately. No subsequent problems. While winter hiking in the Sierras a girl in our group burned her hand on a hoy stove. I applied the DMSO from my back pack. She came to me the next morning to say she had no distress at all from the burn. I also used it on my mother's face when she fell on the cement smashing her glasses and nose. It moved the blood right out. The next day she had on a yellowing of the skin. Great stuff. I carry it everywhere.

Replied by Sojournor
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This comment is not about a burn persay, but I do want to second the healing speed of a cut on my finger just last week. Some how or another I had two shallow slices in my pointer finger on the pad of it and I put on a dab of DMSO and then put a loose bandaide on it. It healed so fast I was amazed. I seem to recall about 48 hours later the wound was healed. I have a patch of fresh new skin on my finger tip where the slices were. I keep finding new uses for this DMSO. But I don't know what you should do, I only know what I do.

Calcium Deposits

Posted by Leo (Camrose, Alberta Canada) on 05/23/2009

Does anyone have experience or information about massaging DMSO with enzymes to dissolve calcium deposits? There is a patent application on the web about that, at, referencing DMSO and Papain, but has anyone experience with this? Thanks. Leo

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Tested 1.0 ounce Papain dissolved into 4 ounce of DMSO gel (90%) applied topically over the spine.

Papain mix applies very sticky; must let it dry before you put on shirt, or it will glue together.

More over, the mix liquifies to a amber goo after two days. I will dispose the prepared mix, and just make 'just enough' mix for daily use. It smells bad when the mix ages.

I may recommend using a salt shaker and apply papain powder directly to DMSO applied to spinal axis.

Results after three days is still unknown. No issues, positive or negative; none is expected until about two weeks daily application.

Candida Protocols

Posted by Steve (Beaverton, Oregon) on 03/22/2015

Hi there! I was wondering if it's ever OK to use DMSO with any of the Candida protocols (to help drive the elements deeper into the tissues). I've got something (parasites, candida, or bacteria) up in my head, and really need whatever I use to get in there to eradicate it. So far, nothing I've ever done has helped much.

Thanks so much! steve


Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 04/11/2018
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DMSO vs knee patellar pain

I could not figure out why my right knee was hurting so bad one day. I could walk fine, but if I went up or down the stairs, it really hurt. I broke out my bottle of DMSO and proceeded to put it on my knee 2x/day. Relief was immediate, and then within 5 days it was like it never even happened! DMSO is rendered when "white liquor" is added to wood to make pulp. The resultant extract is then purified and sold as DMSO. So DMSO's job is to make the tree strong and stand up. It works the same in the human body. It makes your cells stand firm (like when we're young) and do what they're supposed to do! I have not had to re-apply it to my knee since either. DMSO is a miracle. I recommend it for any and all pain, even nerve pain.

Best of health everybody!

Replied by Juiceman

Something to consider: If your knees have been damaged, over worn, DMSO may be a painkiller which is awesome, but you may need either shark cartilage or chicken cartilage with absorbable calcium to repair the damage, NOT carbonate calcium. We must treat the underlying problem. I'm not sure DMSO repairs the cartilage, just relieves the pain, correct me if I'm wrong somebody.

Juiceman over n out

DMSO Activates Old Antibiotics

Posted by Robert Henry (St George Island, Fla.) on 09/13/2015

HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN, , , , , , yep , I'm back on the beach getting my dose of Vitamin D from the sun , Magnesium from the gulf , negative ions from the waves to neutralize my free radicals. All compliments of our Lord.

I am also rereading my book on DMSO and retention is only about 20% when you read. Well, I missed this point on the first go round, but it really hit home on my second reading.

All know that bacteria and virus, etc. mutate and become immune to antibiotics. Ain't that right? Listen up, because this is the good news. Studies show that when you use DMSO with old antibiotics they become effective again. Is that great or what? The problem is that the patents have also run out and the old antibiotics are now dirt cheap..... so there is no incentive to re-engerize them. We must have new suff that is patentable so we can all go to the pore house.

All is not lost because what I am 'ciphering from this is that anything you use to address an infection or such will be enhanced by toping it off with DMSO. I don't think that statement is a stretch, but you the doctor and you make the call.

Me, I do DMSO to take things into my body and fixing to use it with my nebulizer for things that I do through my lungs. Maybe I'll become as famous as our idol, Bill Munro. If I keep posting then it worked. If not, then it did not work.

Tired of fresh shrimp and seafood gumbo so I'm grilling steaks tonight. Eat your heart out.


Replied by Enid

Dmso works great when paired with coconut oil which is a natural antibiotic

DMSO and Aloe Vera

Posted by Susan (New York) on 02/08/2013

Bill from San Fernando, can you explain how to do this (from Ted's posting)?

DMSO must be used together with aloe vera oil to prevent inflammation however.


Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Susan... The preferred method of using aloe vera with any DMSO topical protocol is to apply the DMSO protocol first, let it be absorbed into the skin and the skin is dry, then apply the aloe oil on the skin afterwards. The aloe vera helps to rehydrate the skin and prevents skin irritation which can sometimes arise with DMSO use. I have bought a DMSO solution that also contains aloe vera - it's all I can get in the Philippines -- this is the other way of doing it. But I still think that the first method I described is better.

If you're using DMSO on its own, say, to help against an injury or arthritis then you will be using it on the same spot over and over again -- snd this is where sloe vera is quite useful -- it will help to prevent skin irritation. But if you are just using DMSO as an internal delivery mechanism for a nutrient like lugols iodine, then you should try and use the protocol in different areas of the body -- thus also reducing the possibility of skin irritations.

Replied by Jun
Manila, Philippines

Hi Bill from San Fernando, Philippines, where did you find your DMSO?

Replied by Man
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I have recently bought Aloe Vera juice and put it with DMSO I really haven't noticed that it helps do much of anything but it hasn't hurt anything either. Even if it is just an innert substance it still can play a role in my tinctures. Aloe vera juice is a way to cut the DMSO to a lesser strength and for all I know it may help something. So I am using Aloe Vera Juice in my blends now for topical application. It may help sooth the skin but I don't see that it stops the irritation when used with DMSO cut with it. My experiments with DMSO and Aloe Vera juice have been Straight DMSO with 30% Aloe; 40% and 50 % blends and I don't find any reduction in irritation. When I add this to the Cayenne extract and make a blend of that. I find no irritation at all but I get the side affect of warmth where the blend is applied and it feel quite good. So a bottle filled with 50% Cayenne extract and 25 % DMSO and 25% Aloe Vera juice and a tiny spot of glycerin has a really good affect, mild. I heated it up today by applying straight cayenne extract on top of the blend and it draws moisture and really heats up nicely on the skin. In summary, I can't tell what Aloe Vera does but I like what I read about it and it is a God made plant it is a leaf. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations from Revelation chapter twenty two.

Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
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Right on Man from America: The joint formula I use says right on the tube that the aloe vera base carries the herbal extracts into the joint. Like you I add cayenne for heat. Works great all the time.

Replied by Man
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Thanks Mike, I don't know if there is a better "heat pad" than cayenne extract. I love the stuff.

Replied by Riversidian
R.I., US

aloe is dead in any form but from a live leaf

Mansfield, Pa

Is this true, that aloe Vera gel is dead unless you take it from the plant right then and use it?

DMSO and Cayenne for Pain

Posted by Man (America) on 12/29/2013
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I have been making cayenne extracts to roll on areas of pain. Especially for knee or back pain issues. This cayenne extract ( in alcohol 100 proof) has been really amazing in pain relief topical application. Just today I took some DMSO and Aloe Vera juice and a spot of Kosher Glycerin and filled the rest of the ounce with cayenne extract in alcohol. I made this blend this morning and have just applied it and the heating sensation is perfect. I have been experimenting with DMSO and Aloe Vera juice too by adding 30%, or 40% or 50% of Aloe Vera Juice with coresponding amounts of pure DMSO. They all cause me to itch so far. I want to try some honey in this DMSO to see if I can make a home made blend that does not itch. Well, Until later.

Replied by Man
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I made a bottle of cayenne extract with coconut oil and a spot of kosher glycerin and I put it on the shelf. I picked it up yesterday off the shelf and have not yet used it. It is too late to try it today because I have already applied a blend I made yesterday and I don't want to confuse the experiment. I like yesterday's blend which is DMSO, glycerine, Aloe Vera juice and homemade cayenne extract in alcohol. So far I am liking the blend. It is mild, yet still generates a heat pad affect. I may try this type of blend with Extract of Bhut Jolokia extract. It will be very hot I am certain but for a bad flare up it would probably be perfect for the relief. Thank you, and I am going back to work.

DMSO and Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Tj (Alberta) on 11/04/2015

Can anyone assist me in how to use DSMO and Hydrogen peroxide together for cancer treatment. I would appreciate any assistance on how to use these two products together. How much of each/ what kind of method/when etc. Thanks so much

Replied by Nevada
Bethlehem, Pa

Someone posted this in an Amazon review but I am having difficulty finding out much more about it and haven't tried it. Is it referring to 35% H2O2?

1 oz food-grade hydrogen peroxide, 7 oz organic, whole-leaf aloe vera gel, 1 oz DMSO mixed together in a spray bottle and applied topically after showering