Is DMSO safe? The truth about DMSO safety and effectiveness

78377595Is DMSO safe? People have concerns about DMSO safety and its presence in Soothanol X2. And we can understand why. There’s a lot of noise out there about DMSO and at first glance, honestly, it can look a little scary. But if you are willing to dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that DMSO has a safe track record when used properly, and serious DMSO side effects are rare. Let’s take a look…

What Exactly Is DMSO?

DMSO stands for dimethyl sulfoxide, and it’s been around since 1866. It’s a byproduct of the process that turns wood into wood pulp. Almost 100 years later, in 1963, scientists discovered it also had medicinal uses. DMSO – and DMSO safety - came back into the national spotlight in the 1980s, as doctors and patients around the country started realizing how effective this ingredient could be – and for so many different things. Even 60 Minutes was impressed with the reports of DMSO’s effectiveness.

Many other countries have answered the question ‘is DMSO safe’ with a resounding yes. However, while DMSO is approved for medical use in those countries, here in the United States, the FDA has only approved it for use in treating interstitial cystitis (IC), a rare bladder condition. However, as of 2011, eight states – Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Washington - have been so impressed with DMSO safety and its effects that they have passed laws making it legal for doctors to prescribe DMSO as they see fit.

DMSO can also be used as an inactive ingredient, like it is in Soothanol X2. DMSO is a powerful carrier solution for active ingredients, helping to get them directly into the bloodstream without the body having to process it through the digestive tract. This is how we use it in Soothanol X2. And it gets the menthol and the capsaicin working on your pain faster than any pill!

Why Hasn’t The FDA Approved DMSO for Other Medicinal Uses?

This is an excellent question, and there are several sound theories. First, DMSO has a very distinctive aroma. This aroma comes into play during what are known as “double blind studies.” Double blind studies are the preferred method for discovering if a medicine actually works or not. In double blind studies, one group of patients is given a placebo and another group is given the medicine. Neither the doctors delivering the dose, nor the patients receiving the dose, know who is getting the medicine and who is getting a placebo. However, the distinctive aroma identifies which group is which, negating the effectiveness of the double blind study.

Second, DMSO cannot be patented. As such, no pharmaceutical company can corner the market on, or reap the financial benefits from, producing DMSO-based medications. Without the interest of major pharmaceutical companies, no one is funding the FDA approval process, which can cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Is DMSO Legal or Not?

Yes, DMSO is legal. As an inactive ingredient, such as the carrier in Soothanol X2. However, as an actual medication, prescribed by a doctor, to treat a specific medical condition, it is only legal in those eight states we talked about earlier, and as a treatment for IC.

Why Is DMSO Controversial?

Originally, DMSO was processed in high concentrations and used as a solvent. In fact, it’s still used a solvent to this day, which raises the DMSO safety issue again. This is what makes people nervous, because they have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that something that can be used as an industrial solvent can also be used safely on our bodies. But it can.

Also, when used incorrectly, DMSO, like anything else, can have side effects. So when naysayers talk about its industrial uses, they frequently talk about the side effects. But they may leave out the fact that nearly all the negative side effects occurred when the DMSO was used incorrectly. They mention examples when industrial grade was used instead of medical grade. Or used in too high of a dose. None of which are issues with Soothanol X2.

What About the DMSO in Soothanol X2?

The developers of Soothanol X2 were meticulous in creating the Soothanol X2 formula. Only medicinal grade DMSO is used. And when used according to the instructions, the amount is not even close to being problematic. In fact, it’s the minimal amount necessary, which ensures DMSO safety and makes Soothanol X2 a safe, effective step toward easing your pain.

Why is properly used DMSO still controversial?

Honestly, we don’t know. What we do know is that DMSO is safe in the amounts recommended in Soothanol X2 doses. And we know it helps get the pain-relieving ingredients – menthol and capsaicin – into your system faster than they would absorb without it. Which means your pain is relieved faster – and safely.

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