Our Calgary Naturopaths have successfully used intravenous MSM as a powerful anti-inflammatory treatment and it has applications in Naturopathic Cancer Care.


MSM is a compound found in humans, plants and animals and can also be produced synthetically for medicinal use. A popular source of MSM is cow’s milk. Other food sources include coffee, swiss chard, corn, beer, tomatoes, and tea. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is made by combining Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) and Hydrogen Peroxide and is a source of sulfur for methionine. Most commonly used for joint conditions, MSM helps to preserve and maintain connective tissues. It is primarily used by clinic Naturopathic Doctors of Calgary to reduce inflammation in the body.

On a molecular level, MSM can reduce neutrophil production and therefore also reduce the production of oxidative free radicals. This is how Naturopaths know that it works as an antioxidant.

Naturopathic Use

MSM is a low-toxicity agent that Naturopathic Doctors can safely use as an anti-inflammatory agent in a number of inflammatory conditions. A major benefit of MSM is that it can be used with most medications, supplements or herbal agents.

Our clinical experience and scholarly research has shown that MSM is beneficial for gastrointestinal concerns, pain, autoimmune conditions, bladder inflammation and fibromyalgia. It has been found that MSM can help to improve gastrointestinal motility and promote more frequent bowel movements in those individuals more susceptible to constipation. Studies have also shown improvement of Scleroderma with IV MSM treatments, especially when digestive organs are involved. Results have been documented with IV MSM and Rheumatoid Arthritis with improvement in joint stiffness, pain and mobility.

Conditions Treated with MSM

Clinic naturopathic patients have benefitted from MSM for joint inflammation due to Lyme disease or other chronic infection in addition to osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune condition. Another condition in which clinic Naturopaths have seen naturopathic patients improve is IV MSM administration in seasonal allergies and asthma. Asthma has an immune system component driven by inflammation, which has been quickly tamed by MSM.

MSM also has the ability to cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), which permits drugs to be carried by MSM and delivered to the brain effectively. Therefore, clinic Naturopaths in Calgary can use MSM to work synergistically and increase the effectiveness of drug delivery to the brain.


In this manner, MSM promotes chemoprevention or the prevention of tumor growth by disrupting the tumor cells ability to proliferate through genetic activity. Most commonly, MSM is used along with chemotherapeutic agents.

For more information on intravenous MSM, talk to one of our experienced Naturopathic Doctors at the Nardella clinic in Calgary.

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