Dupuytren’s contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture (DC) is a “fibrotic” condition that can be helped considerably by superstaurated potassium iodide (SSKI). Dupuytren’s contracture causes a thickening (fibrosis) along one of the tendons in the palm in the hand, pulling the related finger down towards the palm. As the problem progresses, the finger often can’t be straightened any more. I have seen too many cases in patients who have tried surgery, unfortunately have the contractures come back. At this juncture I am recommending Shock Wave Therapy, plus rubbing a mixture of SSKI into the thickened tissue at least twice daily to soften and lessen the fibrotic area over a period of several months, allowing for more normal function.It’s additionally helpful to take para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) 2 grams, three times daily.

You’ll have to create the mixture of superstaurated potassium iodide to rub onto the skin: You will need 3 ingredients to make the mixture: Vitamin E, SSKI, and DMSO. If “caught early”, SSKI alone will often “do the job”.  
Mix one part DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), 3 medium to large size vitamin E oil capsules, with 9 parts SSKI (supersaturated potassium iodide). DMSO is a wood pulp derivative. It is rapidly absorbed and distributed in living tissues. It loses its oxygen and is excreted in part as dimethyl sulfide, which provides the garlic-like odor to the breath. If a little is rubbed into the skin, it can be tasted in the mouth in a few moments. It is therefore useful as a nontoxic carrier for other substances. It can be purchased at health food stores without a prescription. It is available in both cream and liquid form. Get the liquid form.

To buy the SSKI,  search the internet. Your local pharmacy may not be familiar with this item and can’t easily find a supplier. In such a case, you will need to contact a compounding pharmacist who carries such seldom-used products. Do a search on “compounding pharmacies” for a list of sources. There are a number of such companies that will sell to you by mail. One is It is the SSKI which does the job of helping the Dupuytrens. The DMSO carries the SSKI into the involved tissue.

Apply one drop of this mixture on the skin every morning and evening. Don’t get impatient, it could take a year or more. However, this is better than the usual surgical approach.

Make sure you cut  down on sugar in the diet. Dups sufferers commonly have signs of diabetes – worth checking, but on an aside people who have diabetes also have low iodine in their systems. (It’s also advisable to have glucose-insulin tolerance test done, as there’s an unusually high incidence of “insulin resistance” in people with Dupuytren’s contracture.

It’s worth a try to combine the Shock Wave Therapy with the above home remedy. I use the Radial Shock Wave Therapy made by Zimmer in my practice.

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