Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is a naturally occurring substance that is an alternative treatment for herpes sufferers. DMSO is available without a prescription and may be used on oral and genital herpes as well as shingles. Widely available online, DMSO is moderately priced and endorsed by several testimonials of users who have received relief.


Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is a substance found in nature. It occurs naturally through the decomposition of plants and is also found in marine algae. Because it is a naturally occurring substance, DMSO was characterized by Dr. Morton Walker in his book "DSMO -- Nature's Healer" as being safer than aspirin. The way DMSO works is that it is able to penetrate the protein coating around the herpes virus's cells. It is this penetration that separates DMSO from other available pharmaceuticals that are only to treat and suppress herpes rather than cure it.


Once through the skin and inside the herpes virus cell, DMSO works to kill the virus by elevating the levels of oxygen within the cell. Because the herpes virus cannot live in an atmosphere with elevated levels of oxygen, the herpes virus dies before it can reproduce. Once the individual cell is eliminated it stops the herpes outbreak as well as prevents future outbreaks. DMSO has been used as a substance to breach the barrier of a virus's cell in order to deliver other types of medication since 1963, but it is now found to be an effective medication in itself.

Treatment Regimen

There are two parts to treating herpes with DMSO, a three-day treatment for outbreaks that are about to occur and a five month maintenance program. The three-day treatment consists of applying DMSO each day for three days at the beginning of an outbreak called the "prodome" period. This application will prevent the outbreak from manifesting. For the next five months herpes sufferers should repeat the three-day treatment once or twice each month whether or not they suspect that an outbreak is about to appear. According to NeverAnOutbreak.com after the five-month regime 75 percent of users "will remain completely outbreak and symptom free even after discontinuing the treatment."


DMSO is applied topically to the affected area. The topical treatment is available in scented creams, aloe based creams, and is reinforced by using a stabilized liquid oxygen booster that is dissolved in water or juice and ingested. To prepare the stabilized liquid oxygen, users should dissolved two to three drops of the substance in 8 oz. of water or juice and drink three times per day. It can be used for both genital and oral herpes with the same effectiveness.


Although DMSO is a naturally occurring medication it should be used cautiously. DMSO should not be used by women who are pregnant and should be tested on a small area of the skin to make sure that an allergy does not appear prior to applying to a larger surface. It is also important for those who are considering using DMSO to consult a physician before using the product to make sure that it will not cause an unintended negative chemical reaction with any other medication that the individuals are currently taking.