DMSO – What Is It and Why Is It Important?


Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a colorless liquid organosulfur compound discovered in the 1860s. While it began as a by-product of the wood industry, it has been in use as a commercial solvent since 1953. In the early 1960s, while researching ways to preserve organs for transplant surgeries Dr. Stanley Jacob with the Oregon Health & Science University made a remarkable discovery. He found that DMSO can penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging it and could carry other compounds into the body or a biological system.  

In medicine, DMSO is used predominantly as a topical analgesic or pain reliever. It is also a vehicle for topical application of pharmaceuticals or supplements and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Research suggests that applying DMSO in a cream to the skin improves pain in people with complex regional pain syndrome.

DMSO has been examined for the treatment of numerous medical conditions and ailments. It has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a reliever for patients with interstitial cystitis. In 1978 a study concluded that DMSO brought significant relief to the majority of patients with inflammatory disorders that were studied.  And, a gel containing DMSO is sold in Europe for topical use in sprains, and local inflammation.

DMSO and Flexcin

DMSO is a key ingredient in Flexcin’s Motion Lotion. Our lotion is a topical pain relief cream that complements our Flexcin capsules by targeting discomfort and inflammation at the point of affliction.* It can be used in conjunction with Flexcin supplements to help reduce aches and pains.* It also works as a spot treatment by applying it directly to an affected area that is sore from overexertion.* Additionally, it’s a great alternative for people who are unable to swallow capsules. 

Our key ingredient is CM8 (Cetyl Myristoleate), a fatty acid that occurs naturally in some mammals. It has many biological functions including anti-inflammatory properties and discomfort relief.* Clinical studies published by the National Institutes of Health show cetyl myristoleate to offer good protection against discomforting conditions.

When applied topically, the lubricating and anti-inflammatory properties in CM8 allow the supporting ingredients to penetrate the joint and promote long term joint health.* In order to bring short term relief, we combine DMSO and CM8 with Emu Oil, which contains linolenic acid and oleic acid (an anti-inflammatory). It penetrates the skin quickly allowing fast relief. This combination of ingredients saturates the joint to reduce inflammation, lubricates the joint to reduce wear and tear, and provides an analgesic effect to help with discomfort management.*

At Flexcin we stand behind our products. If you’re not satisfied with the results you experience simply return your first order (up to three empty bottles) for a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping & handling.

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