I just came across this on google. Anyone heard of or try this treatment?
I found that exact same web page about
3 years ago and tried the treatments. Here's what I found:
DMSO. I don't know if it helped or not, because I really couldn't stand the awful taste that DMSO puts in your mouth, so I discontinued use after just one treatment. For those not familiar with it: you rub DMSO on your skin and it is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream - within minutes you taste it in your mouth. Some say it's like garlic or oyster breath, but I'd say it's much worse. Maybe if you love seafood (I don't) you might not mind the taste.
If you want to buy DMSO, you won't find it at drug stores - you get it from retailers who sell horse supplies. DMSO is sometimes called "horse liniment." It can be mixed with other medications and applied directly to the skin - it "transports" most anything through the skin, and this is one way to administer drugs to horses (who aren't keen on swallowing pills or receiving injections). Vets often use it for this purpose. I wish that horses could talk - I'd like to ask them what they think about
the taste of DMSO.
DMSO is known to be anti-inflammatory, and thus might be useful for treating Crohn's. The guy at the horse supply store told me that he sells a lot of it to people with arthritis. The only confirmed side-effect of DMSO on humans is the horrible taste, but there might be other issues. Seems to cause brain damage in mice. One big danger: be sure that you don't handle DMSO when you've been handling toxic substances (gasoline, paint thinner, etc) because DMSO will transport any chemical right through your skin into your blood. If you apply it, be sure that your hands are clean (you don't want soapy hands either - soapy blood doesn't sound good).
Since Big Pharma can't patent DMSO, don't hold your breath waiting for drug safety and effectiveness studies. The use of DMSO on humans is controversial, and this is why pharmacies won't sell it. For more info:
MELATONIN. I take melatonin almost every night. I take it at bedtime because it is somewhat useful for promoting sleep. Your body makes melatonin naturally, but only in the dark (one reason why it's hard to sleep during the daytime).
Several things I've read say that melatonin worsens auto-immune diseases (like Crohn's?) and thus should be avoided. But some claim that Crohn's isn't an auto-immune disease. I can say that my Crohn's has greatly improved a lot in the past year, though maybe not because of the melatonin. I take lingzhi everyday, and swear by it. I made a post about
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