People use Polypodium leucotomos for sunburn, eczema (atopic dermatitis), scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis), a skin disorder that causes white patches to develop on the skin (vitiligo), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Rough, scaly patches on skin caused by long-term sun exposure (actinic keratosis). Early research suggests that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract along with using light therapy helps to reduce scaly patches on the scalp.
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis). Early research suggests that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract might reduce inflammation in people with itchy and inflamed skin from eczema.
- Diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, that interfere with thinking (dementia). Some early research shows that taking a Polypodium leucotomos extract 360 mg daily for 4 weeks improves mental function in people with mild to moderate dementia. But taking 720 mg doesn't seem to be beneficial. The reason for the lack of benefit with the higher dose is unclear.
- Dark skin patches on the face (melasma). Some early research suggests that taking Polypodium leucotomos doesn't help to lighten dark skin patches from melasma. But other research suggests that it might have a small effect when used with hydroquinone cream and sunscreen.
- Skin rash caused by sun exposure (polymorphous light eruption or PMLE). Early research shows that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract may help to prevent skin rash after sun exposure in people who react to the sun.
- Skin damage caused by PUVA therapy. PUVA is a form of light therapy used to treat psoriasis. But it can cause sunburn and other forms of skin damage. There is evidence that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract or using a lotion containing Polypodium leucotomos before PUVA treatment can reduce skin redness and signs of light damage. Polypodium leucotomos also seems to decrease skin darkening that happens to some people after PUVA treatment.
- Scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis). There is evidence that taking Polypodium leucotomos extracts might improve symptoms of severe psoriasis.
- Sunburn. There is evidence that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract or using a lotion containing Polypodium leucotomos before sun exposure can reduce reddening of the skin and signs of skin damage.
- A skin disorder that causes white patches to develop on the skin (vitiligo). There is evidence that taking Polypodium leucotomos extract might increase skin color on some, but not all, body areas in people with vitiligo.
- Skin cancer.
- Other cancers.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Polypodium leucotomos extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, short-term.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Polypodium leucotomos extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, short-term. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Polypodium leucotomos is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Polypodium leucotomos extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, short-term. Polypodium leucotomos extract has been used safely for up to 6 months at doses of 240 mg daily in children aged 2-5 years, 360 mg daily in children aged 6-12 years, and 480 mg daily in children over 12 years of age.
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