Trypsin

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What other names is Trypsin known by?

Enzyme Protéolytique, Proteinase, Protéinase, Proteolytic Enzyme, Tripsin, Tripsina, Trypsine.

What is Trypsin?

Trypsin is an enzyme. An enzyme is a protein that speeds up a certain biochemical reaction. Trypsin is found in the small intestine. It can also be made from fungus, plants, and bacteria. But it is usually made for commercial purposes from the pancreas of livestock.

Trypsin is given to people who lack enzymes needed for digestion.

It is also given in combination with bromelain and rutin for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Some people apply trypsin directly to wounds and ulcers to remove dead tissue and improve healing.

There is also a combination prescription spray-on product that is used for healing mouth ulcers. It contains trypsin, Peru balsam, and castor oil.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Osteoarthritis. A combination product that contains trypsin, bromelain, and rutin (Phlogenzym) seems to work about as well as a medication called diclofenac in relieving pain and improving knee function.
  • Wound cleansing and healing. Applying trypsin to the skin seems to help remove dead tissue from wounds and improve healing. A combination spray-on (aerosol) product containing trypsin, Peru balsam, and castor oil is an FDA-approved prescription product.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Improving digestion.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of trypsin for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Trypsin work?

Trypsin removes dead skin cells (tissue) and allows healthy tissue to grow.

Are there safety concerns?

Trypsin seems to be safe when used by healthcare professionals for wound cleaning and healing. It can cause side effects such as pain and burning.

Not enough is known about the safety of trypsin for its other uses.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of trypsin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Trypsin.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • For osteoarthritis: two tablets of a combination product (Phlogenzym) which contains 100 mg of rutin, 48 mg of trypsin, and 90 mg of bromelain three times daily.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  • For wound healing: particular products (Dermuspray, Granulderm, Granulex, and GranuMed) containing trypsin, Peru balsam, and castor oil are FDA-approved prescription products.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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