Chlorophyll a, Chlorophyll b, Chlorophyll c, Chlorophyll d, Chlorophylle, Chlorophylle a, Chlorophylle b, Chlorophylle c, Chlorophylle d, Clorofila.
Overview InformationChlorophyll 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, algae, and silkworm droppings.
Chlorophyll is used for bad breath and reducing colostomy odor. Chlorophyll is also used for constipation, "detoxification," and wound healing.
Healthcare providers use chlorophyll intravenously for removing skin cancer and for treating a pancreas problem called chronic relapsing pancreatitis.
Chlorophyll is applied to the skin for acne and for removing skin cancer and lesions from herpes infections.
How does it work?There isn't enough information available to know how chlorophyll might work.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Ineffective for
- Reducing colostomy odor. Taking chlorophyll by mouth does not seem to reduce colostomy odor.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Acne. Early research shows that applying a sheet containing chlorophyll to the face for 30 minutes along with light-emitting diode (LED) irradiation reduces acne compared to the LED irradiation alone in young adults.
- Hay fever. Early research shows that taking chlorophyll for 8 weeks might reduce the use of medications used to treat hay fever but does not seem to improve symptoms of hay fever such as runny nose.
- Sores caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). Early research shows that applying chlorophyll to the skin as a cream or solution improves healing and reduces the number of sores caused by herpes simplex virus infections.
- Shingles (herpes zoster). Early research shows that applying chlorophyll to the skin as a cream or solution reduces sores and improves recovery in people with shingles.
- Lung cancer. Early research suggests that injecting chlorophyll into the vein (by IV) along with the drug talaporfin, followed by treatment with laser therapy, might reduce cancer lesions in people with early-stage lung cancer. However, this effect appears to only last for 2 weeks.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Early research shows that injecting chlorophyll into the vein (by IV) might reduce pain and other symptoms in people with chronic relapsing pancreatitis.
- Skin cancer. Early research shows that injecting chlorophyll into the vein (by IV) or applying it to the skin along with laser or light therapy reduces the recurrence of cancer in people with a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.
- Bad breath.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyChlorophyll is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when injected intravenously (by IV) under the supervision of a trained medical professional or when applied to the skin.
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: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chlorophyll if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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 appropriate dose of chlorophyll depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chlorophyll. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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