MSM is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans. It can also be made in a laboratory. People use it as a medicine.
MSM is used for chronic pain,
tendonitis, tenosynovitis, musculoskeletal pain,
scleroderma, scar tissue,
wrinkles, protection against sun/wind burn, eye inflammation, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, wounds, cuts, and abrasions/accelerated wound healing. It is either taken by mouth or applied to the skin for these uses. You may have heard about MSM because of the book
The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain. There isn’t much published scientific research to support its use.
MSM is also used for relief of
stomach,” ulcers, a bowel disease called
(PMS), mood elevation, obesity, poor circulation,
high blood pressure, and
high cholesterol. It is also used for
type 2 diabetes, liver problems, Alzheimer’s disease, lung disorders including
syndrome, autoimmune disorders (systemic lupus erythematous), HIV infection and AIDS, and cancer (breast cancer
Other uses of MSM include eye inflammation, mucous membrane inflammation, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, leg cramps,
headaches, hangover, parasitic infections of the intestinal and urogenital tracts includingTrichomonas vaginalis
radiationpoisoning, and to boost the immune system.
MSM is also used to control
snoring. In fact, directions for making MSM nose drops for snoring have been published, but there’s no evidence that MSM has any effect on snoring.
Contrary to some MSM promotional literature, there is no Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for MSM or sulfur, which it contains. Sulfur deficiency has not been described in the medical literature.