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Posted by Robert (Martinez, CA) on 03/22/2008
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I have been taking msm 1 gm/day for years as well as family & friends in a combo supplement which includes vit. c & mineral ascorbates.No negative effects reported from anyone.

Posted by Irene (Brisbane, Australia) on 02/03/2008
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My husband and I have had wonderful success for over 6 years taking MSM orally and using MSM topically. We each take a teaspoon daily - about 4 grams. It has stopped irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis and been fantastic help in gum problems (gargle).The gel has reduced scars, insect bites, sunburn and creams are anti-ageing. We are passionate about MSM and will always take and apply it. Results have been so dramatic we started a skin care company.

Replied by Sally
Pittsburg, CA, USA

where can i buy cream msm good quality?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
522 posts

Hi Irene, I don't know about Australia, but I have been able to find MSM l00% in local farmer's co-ops here and since I know that you have horses/dogs/other animals in Australia you might want to check out where the farmers go to buy for their animals there in Australia. Do make sure it is well packaged and not out of date, but I don't think you are going to find it any better than 100% pure.

Funny, but the first place I was ordering it from, it first came in 2 lb. containers labeled with dosages for horses and dogs. After a couple of years ordering MSM for myself, family and friends, they started shipping it to me in the same container but labeled for human consumption.

Posted by Carrie (Mississauga, Canada) on 01/20/2008
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I have been suffering from melasma for about 4 years now. It's on my forehead,and both my cheeks. I have tried everything from bleaches, cosmelan to IPL. Everything is short term. Just as recent as December, 2007, I started taking MSM, vitamin C as well as applying apple cider vinegar on my face. The results are amazing. For the first time in 4 years I can actually say my face has improved and I don't mind going out without makeup. It's only been 6 weeks and I intend on using this remedy to see if it'll get even better. I do hope my experience and information sharing will help someone out there, that has melasma. Good luck!!

Replied by Nonny
Downey, ca

Carrie, thats great news about your fading Melasma. Are you taking MSM all by it's self or do you take it with Vit.C as well? I've been reading on this MSM and I finally purchased a bottle of it but I'm taking it with Vit.C and code liver Oil. I'm also still going to use the Cosmalan treatment while the pills takes affect. You see, I have 12 weeks before I ship out to Navy boot camp and you can't use make-up there. That's rough, at least for me. I hate waking up and having to face my myself in the mirror day in and day out. I want my face back! We all do. Well, good luck to you and trust me, I pray every night in the hopes that everyone who has Melasma will one day wake up to a brand new face.

Posted by Scott (Kent, OH) on 12/07/2007
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I have been on a quest to cure my asthma for a few years now as I feel that allopathic medicine just makes my breathing worse over time. I recently tried apple cider vinegar and oil pulling with no siginifcant improvement. I have also tried many herbal remedies that I won't even list as they never helped enough for me to give up my inhalers. Let me clarify that my asthma is chronic and I have been on Advair, Singular, a daily nubulizer, Proventil, Albuterol, Primetine, and Asthmanex. On most days I was using a combination of these medications and although they helped to a degree, they never gave me complete relief and if I missed doses I would be close to emergency room wheezing (actually, after starting Advair I went to ER two times and prior to this med - I hadn't been to ER in 15 years). Now it may be that my quest is over as I started MSM last week and I feel as though I had a lung transplant. I can't really put into words how overjoyed I feel and how thankful I am to this website for exposing me to this supplement. I have made it through an entire week without using my inhaler at night and have decreased my inhaler to once a day. I was up to about 10-15 times a day depending on weather and allergens in air!!! I have quit taking singular and have thrown out asthmnex. I will continue to keep my albuterol for emergencies but if MSM continues to work so well - I may not have to use it. I have also found that when I have had difficulty breathing like sledding with daughter the other night - if I wait a few minutes it goes away. Normally, I would reach for inhaler for relief but don't feel that it is as urgent or severe. MSM may not work for others but it seems worth a try because for me it is nothing less than a miracle. Thanks again for this site and happy breathing to all. I will post an update if anything changes.

Replied by Elyn
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Usa

Wonderful! It doesn't work for my asthmatic bronchitis, though. Been sick with it for a week and a half and I've been on 1 tsp per day of MSM for 6 weeks. Wish it worked for my problem.

Replied by Dee
So. Cal
5 out of 5 stars

For years, "it feels as though I've had a lung transplant" with MSM has been my motto! (I thought I was the only one). I "had" allergic asthma and albuterol (sp) did not work. I also "had" joint pain, and my whole family had joint paint and arthritic, it seems, for generations. I started taking MSM about 10 years ago, and never looked back. My health is great, I can breathe fully and freely, and for the past few years, steady kick boxing -- not bad for a grandmother:)

Replied by Patricia
Nashua, NH

How much MSM are you taking for your asthma?

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/25/2007 522 posts
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To Sandy: For all those other aches and pains - I swear by MSM - this is what our' bodies convert DMSO into. Remember all the controversy over that one. I have been taking it several years with nothing but good results, however I did read on EC where someone said had bad reaction. You can google to read about it before you try. It is akin to sulphur, but I have no trouble with it despite being unable to take sulfa drugs such as Bactrim.

Posted by Ed (Wenatchee, WA) on 05/26/2007
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About MSM. Bill Rich on the MSM Cures page wrote about a lotion he put on his scars and the scars were reduced. I would like to know what the ingredients of the "lotion" are. I have a long scar on my right arm I would like to see gone. thanks Ed Davis.

Replied by Anne
Cairns, Qld, Australia
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Last year my husband was suffering from a chronic case of spinal stenosis. Bone on bone in his lower back and severe osteoarthritis. He was told by one chiro to go get back surgery. Then as luck would have it he saw another chiro who specialises in this painful condition. I also got him on to Glucosamine/ Chondroiton/ MSM powder supplement. Plus Rose Hip Vital powder supplement. He also takes one high dose krill oil a day and co Q 10 enzyme plus 2 tablespoons of ACV with manuka honey morning and night. His condition is at least 80% improved on last year. He also has an inversion bed that is used occasionally to keep the joints open to allow blood flow and enable healing. I truly believe this combination of natural things has made all the difference and I can still see gradual improvement as time goes by.

Posted by J. Episcopo (Fredericksburg, Virginia (USA)) on 05/06/2007
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I have successfully used MSM (the recommended Lignisul type) for many years to allleviate allergy symptoms and pain in my wrists, elbows and knees. It is important for anyone considering a new remedy to read about it beforehand. Some people think that more is better and learn the hard way that each of us has limitations. I like this forum and found it very helpful.

Posted by Laura (Ferndale, MD, USA) on 04/20/2007
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I have had Psoriatic Arthritis since I was 10 years old, & one of the worst symptoms I've had for 38 yrs now, is daily shooting nerve pains in my extremities. The good news: when I take 1000 mgs of MSM daily, the shooting pains are completely gone. If I miss a few days, they always start up again. Love this site.

Replied by Bob
Elmhurst Twp., Pa. Usa

To cure arthritis, go to or Google Arthritis cured with water & sea salt. Lots of testimonials.

Posted by JoJean (La Grande, OR) on 02/23/2007
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I also take MSM, however, if you read the tells you not to take it after 2 pm as it may cause sleeplessness. I have never experienced anxiety. I take 4 100 mg caps in the morning and 4 at noon with no problems. It does help my arthritis and my hair and nails grow like crazy.

Posted by GG (Houston, TX) on 01/14/2007
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Posted by Charlie (Ft. Smith, AR) on 07/23/2006
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I used both Apple Cider Vinegar and MSM to cure a "trigger finger". ' A big knot appeared on the inside of my thumb joint. It was EXTREMELY painful. I couldn't write or do anything with that hand. I didn't realize how important my thumb was. The dr. gave me a cortisone shot in it (ouch) and said if that didn't help, he would have to do surgery and cut the tendons in my thumb to try and relieve the pain. The cortisone shot didn't help. I received a magazine in the mail shortly after this talking about MSM. I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it. After a few weeks of using MSM, ALL the pain went away. (This all happened about 5 years ago). The knot was still there even though the pain was gone (it was a very obvious knot). I then started taking apple cider vinegar tablets and WOW, the knot disappeared!! It is still gone and so is the pain.

Posted by Aujah (Huntington Beach, CA) on 01/06/2006
5 out of 5 stars

When i was a child my right hip would make a popping sound when i walked. Later on in life, after having a full pain in my hips i found out that my legs are different lengths and was on my way to having arthritis at the age of 21. A friend recommended MSM to help with my nail and hair growth (i can't keep up with how fast my hair and nails grow now). After a week of taking MSM my joint pain was completely gone!!! i was not expecting it at all. Every once in a wile i will forget to take MSM for a few days and my hip pain is back in full swing. I am hooked and it sure is nice to have such strong nail's and healthy long hair.

Posted by Jane (Poulsbo, WA)
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I have found that taking MSM seems to reduce pain from old injuries and arthritis. Also, MSM seems to add an essential nutrient to the system. It would be good to read one of the books written about this ingredient, nutritional sulphur, since it will answer many questions that people will have. I told a friend about MSM and he started to take it, and found he felt immensely less pain in his back.

Posted by Belle (Los Angeles, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

I recently started to take MSM to help with neck pain. While it's too soon to tell if it is helping, I can report that it is making my nails grow like crazy!!

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Posted by Nat (Orange, Nsw ) on 07/06/2014

MSM in conjunction with HIMAYLAYAN SALT

I too experienced the general side effects that crew have mentioned taking MSM but they completely disappeared when I startled taking MSM in conjunction with the Himaylayan Salt brine, google it ... Tons of info on how to make the brine. I think the minerals within the salt brine helps the body to better assimilate the MSM and support the cleansing process . It was a fluke how I discovered this ... I hate the bitter taste that MSM leaves in the mouth ( I take the powder form with water ) and so then decided one day to have a glass of water with my salt brine mix as it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth to get rid of the bitter MSM taste and voila' noticed I didn't get the abdominal discomfort or headaches or nausea etc etc that I would always otherwise experience. Tried again day after day to see if it was just a one off or was really onto something, yep this really works!!! Hope this info helps any crew out there suffering side effects but want to keep on with the MSM. Cheers. Nat (*_*)