Chlorophyll is used for bad breath, colostomy odor, acne, wound healing, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it 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.
- 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.
- Nonmelanoma 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.
- 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.
- Bad breath.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Chlorophyll is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin. But chlorophyll can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
When given by IV: Chlorophyll is POSSIBLY SAFE when injected intravenously (by IV) by a trained medical professional.
Special Precautions and Warnings
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).
Be cautious with this combination
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