WARNING: Don’t instinctively reach for that bottle of Advil or Motrin after a strenuous workout or when you feel a twinge of pain! Avoid its potential side effects and treat your muscles and organs more holistically and gently by using a natural anti-inflammatory remedy like arnica combined with DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), which is a plant-based compound closely related to organic sulfur.
As noted in Jennifer Mosscrop’s article posted on HellaWella, users who take the synthetic anti-inflammatory drug known as ibuprofen either before or after a race “…showed signs of mild kidney impairment (and) low-level endotoxemia, a condition in which bacteria leaks from the colon into the bloodstream.”
As a point of comparison, arnica is a natural herb used to treat muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds. Often taken orally in liquid or tablet form, arnica is known as a homeopathic remedy that needs to be highly diluted, as the herb itself is toxic and can be fatal. Arnica is also available commercially as a topical cream that can be applied directly on the skin right where the pain is most acute.
Derived from wood pulp, DMSO is an odorless, clear liquid produced during the normal decomposition of plants that is present in low concentrations in many foods. Further oxidation of DMSO converts the liquid into a powdered or crystalline compound known as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).
Use of DMSO in medicine dates from around 1963, when an Oregon Health & Science University Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system. In medicine, DMSO is predominantly used as a topical analgesic, a vehicle for topical application of pharmaceuticals, as an anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant.
As suggested in Paul Fassa’s Oct 15, 2014 report posted on AlignLife:
Arnica with DMSO combines a homeopathic topical cream with DMSO as an adjunct to give fast pain relief from injury, arthritis, or sciatica. Adding DMSO speeds and deepens arnica’s topically applied efficacy while adding some of its own pain and inflammatory relief.
Like DMSO, MSM can also be applied topically to transport nutrients directly through the skin. A website called The Love Vitamin provides a recipe for making an MSM gel to treat acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
• Mix 1 level tablespoon of MSM with 1/4 cup of aloe vera. Double or halve the recipe if you wish.
• Let the mixture dissolve. Should take several minutes. There may be chunks that you will have to mash out with a spoon. MSM will naturally clump – it’s a sign of purity!
• Use once or twice a day by dabbing a bit on your red marks, scars, and acne prone areas.
• At night, apply the mixture as the last thing you put on your skin (after you moisturize). In the morning, apply the mixture after your moisturizer but underneath any makeup you may be wearing.
Caution: Individuals who are sensitive to sulfites (often used as preservative) also may react to MSM and DMSO. This is usually due to a deficiency of molybdenum and can be overcome with supplementation (try 500 mcg).
When it comes to muscle pain, pass on the pills
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Oct 3, 2012
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