Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is an organic compound that has been studied for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Research and clinical trials also suggest that pure DMSO has the ability to penetrate biological membranes, which makes it useful as a carrier for certain medications.
DMSO potentiation therapy combines the DMSO solution with other common cancer treatments. Compared to other compounds, dimethyl sulfoxide is particularly helpful for treatments that may be destroyed within the digestive tract, allowing medication to absorb into the skin and bypass the harsh digestive acids. DMSO cancer treatment is also believed to be beneficial to patients who cannot eat food as one of its positive effects allows for the administration of nutrients through the skin.