Dimethyl sulfoxide is a chemical available as a prescription medicine for treating pain. In alternative cancer treatment, practitioners use DMSO to enable chemotherapy to focus specifically on cancer cells by opening their ports. The DMSO binds to chemotherapy drugs, targets the cancer cells, drags chemotherapy into the cells, and the chemotherapy now kills its target: the cancer cells.
DMSO’s main advantage is that much less chemotherapy is needed as it targets cancer cells killing more of them and do much less damage to non-cancerous cells.
Research from 2010 concludes that: “Methyl sulfone may have clinical potential as a non-toxic agent effective against metastatic melanoma. Additionally, methyl sulfone has promise as a tool to explore the molecular mechanisms of metastatic transformation as well as fundamental processes such as cell migration, contact inhibition, wound healing and cellular senescence.”
- What does DMSO do to cancer?
DMSO binds to chemotherapy drugs, targeting the cancer cells and dragging the chemotherapy into the cells. This allows the chemotherapy to kill its target: the cancer cells.
- Can DMSO cause cancer?
DMSO is not listed as a carcinogen by regulatory authorities and it has been found not to be a teratogen in mice, rats or rabbits.
- Is DMSO harmful to humans?
DMSO toxicity has been studied in humans and found to have some mild side effects, which include headache, nausea, dizziness, dry skin, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, breathing problems, allergic reactions and a garlic-like smell. Current research has shown that limiting the dosage can almost completely mitigate these symptoms, except for the garlic-like smell, which all patients experienced regardless of dosage.
- Can you drink DMSO?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as the effects of DMSO when consumed orally can vary from person to person. Some people claim that DMSO has a host of health benefits when consumed orally, while others report negative side effects such as nausea and vomiting. More research is needed to determine the long-term effects of consuming DMSO orally.
- What does DMSO do to the brain?
DMSO has been found to prevent oxidative stress and reduce swelling of the brain to improve its blood supply. Human brains treated with DMSO immediately after a head injury have reduced swelling within as little as five minutes. Clinical trials have shown significantly extended survival rates in patients with traumatic brain injuries who were treated with DMSO.
- Does DMSO damage the liver?
There is no evidence that using DMSO damages the liver. In fact, DMSO can protect the liver from injury produced by a variety of hepatotoxicants when administered before or in conjunction with the toxicants.