Overview

Chaparral is a plant. The chaparral leaf is used to make medicine, but there are serious safety concerns with its use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada have advised consumers against using products containing chaparral due to these safety concerns.

Despite serious safety concerns, people use chaparral for digestion problems, respiratory tract conditions, skin disorders, arthritis, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

A chemical in chaparral is thought to kill cancer cells, as well as some fungus and viruses. But this same chemical might also damage the liver and kidney.

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