DMSO, Part One

I learned about Dimethyl Sulfoxide, commonly called DMSO, a year ago. I took a weekend class in Guadalajara and learned everything I could about DMSO. I was surprised about its history and powerful health benefits. I now use DMSO in my medical practice, and I’m still amazed at how well it works for different treatments.

The story of DMSO is an unusual one. This byproduct of the paper-making process was discovered in Germany in the late 19th century. It’s a colorless liquid that gained notoriety for its ability to penetrate the skin and other biological membranes.

Scientists discovered that they could use DMSO as a transportation device to pass small molecules through the skin in the 1960s. Since then, scientists have researched the potential benefits and risks of using DMSO to treat various conditions.

In the late 1970s, the FDA approved DMSO to help treat interstitial cystitis. It remains the only FDA-approved bladder wash for this condition. For individuals living with interstitial cystitis, DMSO can:

  • Reduce pain due to the condition
  • Help relax the bladder
  • Increase bladder capacity

Despite decades of research and thousands of studies attesting to its health-promoting properties, medical professionals and the public still need to discover DMSO.

This inexpensive compound demonstrates potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, has been shown to relieve painful musculoskeletal and urinary conditions, and may even fight Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Unfortunately, the FDA and its allies in the Pharmaceutical industry have stymied its widespread acceptance and use.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Stanley Jacob has been battling the establishment over DMSO. In this article, Dr. Jacob reveals new data showing the potential of DMSO in treating brain trauma injuries that afflict more than 50,000 Americans each year.

DMSO is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic compound with promise in managing various debilitating health conditions. DMSO is an approved pharmacological agent in more than 125 countries, and its safe and therapeutic effects are backed by nearly 50 years of research and more than 10,000 scientific articles on its biological implications.

Unfortunately, the vast health-promoting potential of DMSO has gone unfulfilled in America, suppressed by a combination of bureaucratic ineptitude and pharmaceutical industry lobbying.

In the United States today, DMSO is approved to treat only one medical condition, interstitial cystitis or chronic inflammation of the bladder wall.

Recent findings on DMSO’s ability to help manage the effect of head injury have renewed interest in the many potential therapeutic applications of this versatile compound.

DMSO has a long list of primary pharmacological actions, including fighting inflammation, relieving pain, improving blood supply, scavenging free radicals, softening scar tissue, and effects that may benefit autoimmune conditions.

So why is this treatment shown in decades of studies to be safe and effective for so many conditions, not approved for more than one medical use? The answer may lie in DMSO’s long, controversial history, which includes many years Doctor Jacob has spent researching and fighting for its approval.

Another obstacle to DMSO’s widespread use is its lack of potential profitability for drug companies. The few early patents granted on DMSO expired in 1987, and without patent protection for the DMSO molecule itself, drug companies cannot make money on it.

Sales of so-called underground DMSO have moved to the Internet, where buyers usually cannot be certain of the strength or purity of the chemical grade and industrial quality product offered.

A medical literature search reveals more scientific articles about or referring to DMSO than penicillin, cortisone, or aspirin. The future of DMSO, according to Dr. Jacob, lies not so much in its use alone in topical administration but more likely mixed with other substances and given by injection or intravenously.

Fortunately for those who live in Mexico, DMSO is legal for us. In next week’s Vallarta Mirror, I want to discuss what DMSO can treat.

Here is a small list: alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, drug extravasation injury, fibromyalgia, herpes, interstitial cystitis, malignancy, prostatitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, scleroderma, spinal cord injury, stroke, and ulcerative colitis.


  • Dr. Irving Ramírez

    Dr. Irving Ramirez-Alvia, Naturopath, was born in Tepic, Nayarit, in 1992. After obtaining a degree in health and nutrition, Dr. Irving finished medical school and moved to Vallarta. His newly-opened office is at Lord Twigg’s Hotel and Boutique, Francisco Villa #424, Colonia Lazaro Cardenas; his online store features all-natural, homeopathic products and remedies. For an appointment with Dr. Irving in Puerto Vallarta or at FEDA Nutricion and Fitness, Calle Jacarandas 86, in Bucerias, or if you are interested in purchasing Dr. Irving’s CBD oil (5000mg or 10,000mg) without THC, please contact Loren Hayes on WhatsApp at 322-167-7570.

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