CHLOROPHYLL Overview Information
Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants. Plants use chlorophyll and light to make food. People use chlorophyll as medicine. Common sources of chlorophyll used for medicine include alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and silkworm droppings.
Chlorophyll is used for bad breath and reducing colostomy odor. A colostomy is a surgical opening made in the abdomen that allows intestinal waste to be collected in a bag. Chlorophyll is also used for constipation, “detoxification,” and wound healing.
Healthcare providers use chlorophyll intravenously for treating a pancreas problem called chronic relapsing pancreatitis.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information available to know how chlorophyll might work.
Possibly Effective for:
- Pancreatitis. Giving chlorophyll intravenously seems to help reduce pain and other symptoms in people with chronic relapsing pancreatitis.
Possibly Ineffective for:
- Reducing colostomy odor.
CHLOROPHYLL Side Effects & Safety
Chlorophyll seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth. It should not be used by injection (intravenously) without the supervision of a trained medical professional.
Chlorophyll can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chlorophyll during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with CHLOROPHYLL
Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Chlorophyll might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking chlorophyll along with medication that increase sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.
Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- Healthcare providers give chlorophyll intravenously (by IV) for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas (pancreatitis).