Chlorophyll – its therapeutic place in acute and suppurative disease.
Preliminary report of clinical use and rationale. Gruskin B. Am. J. Surg. Jul 1940;49-55
Elimination of bacterial infections relies on two approaches:
• destruction of bacteria by administering certain chemical compounds, and/or
• building up the body’s resistance to bacteria.
The former approach is generally associated with a number of side-effects such as toxicity and irritability. This paves the way for other alternatives that have no adverse effects on the body. Chlorophyll is one such alternative that has been studied extensively for its use in treating infections either as a single therapy or in combination with chemical compounds. This paper reviews about 1200 cases ranging from acute infections of the upper respiratory tract to chronic lesions such as skin ulcers, sinuses and fistulae.
It has been suggested that chlorophyll inhibits the destructive actions of the bacterial toxins that destroy the walls of the cells and tissues in the human body. Furthermore, chlorophyll may suppress production of toxins by bacteria.
That chlorophyll has an indirect effect on bacteria is suggested by its ability to eliminate the foul odour of infected wounds. This effect has also been noted in cases of ulcerative carcinoma.
The safety of chlorophyll is well established and both oral and venous administration is free of adverse effects.
Chlorophyll accentuates healing of open skin wounds, skin grafts and deeper wounds such as fistula, (an abnormal channel between an internal organ and the skin.) It is well tolerated and does not cause any irritation to the skin surface. For deeper wounds liquid chlorophyll can be used for irrigation.
According to two ear, nose and throat specialists who reviewed 1000 patients with acute and chronic sinusitis and rhinitis (e.g. colds, flu, hay fever), a single day’s treatment with chlorophyll packs inserted at the back of the nose cleared the infection in many of them. Chlorophyll was also helpful in clearing infections of the ear. The absence of any kind of toxicity was also noted. The specialists reported, “There is not a single case recorded in which either improvement or cure has not taken place.”
A dermatologist noted significant improvements with the regular application of chlorophyll ointment in patients suffering from various disorders of the skin, particularly varicose leg ulcers.
Chlorophyll was also found to be beneficial in treating infections of the rectum and uterine cervix.
Conditions such as osteomyelitis (infection and inflammation of the bones), post-operative infections, infections of the brain and other organs associated with formation of pus and bleeding from the gums have all been treated successfully with chlorophyll alone or in combination with other treatment modalities. Definite improvement in symptoms have been observed in patients suffering from these conditions.
The evidence from these reports is convincing and indicates the need for further research to support the widespread use of chlorophyll as a therapeutic option for numerous disorders and conditions.