What foods contain psoralens?
Sources of Psoralens Psoralens are natural products found in plants such as limes and lemons, celery, bergamot, parsley, figs, and cloves. Psoralens are an old and effective natural treatment for skin conditions.
What is psoralen medication?
Psoralens are used together with UV light to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, and skin nodules of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. They are also being studied in the treatment of graft-versus-host disease. Psoralen is a type of furocoumarin.
How does psoralen treat skin conditions?
Psoralens boost the amount of ultraviolet light that the skin absorbs. Once the light energy is absorbed, these psoralens are energized to interact with DNA. This slows down the overgrowth of skin cells (inhibiting cell multiplication), which results in clearing up the psoriasis skin plaques.
Does celery have psoralen?
Background: Celery is known to contain psoralens, a group of substances that cause a toxic dermal reaction on exposure to ultraviolet A rays (UVA).
What is Podophyllin used for?
Podophyllin is a cytotoxic agent that has been used topically in the treatment of genital warts. It arrests mitosis in metaphase, an effect it shares with other cytotoxic agents such as the vinca alkaloids(2).
How much psoralen is in celery?
Results: It was found that the celery harvested in the south of the country contained 84 micrograms/g fresh weight (f. wt.) total psoralens as compared to 35 micrograms/g f. wt.
How do you take Melanocyl tablets?
Melanocyl Tablet is prescribed along with UV-A rays for the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis. Take this treatment (methoxsalen and UVA) two or three times a week with the treatment spaced at least forty-eight hours apart. Always take Melanocyl Tablet 2 hours before UV radiation exposure along with food or milk.
How much does phototherapy cost?
Most data shows that phototherapy typically costs a few thousand dollars a year. Medicaid and Medicare — as well as many private insurance policies —often cover in-office treatment. At-home treatments are less likely to be covered by insurance. A standard at-home NB-UVB unit costs $2,600 on average.
Why is celery toxic?
Celery contains certain toxins called psoralens with potentially carcinogenic effects and goitrogens with potentially anti-thyroid effects. Celery is also one of the vegetables highest in pesticide content, unless it is organically grown, and is vulnerable to a kind of mold called mycotoxins.
What is the black stuff on celery?
Late blight, Septoria apii. Late blight is a common fungus disease of celery in Connecticut which appears as small, circular, tan leaf and stem spots. Usually there are small, black dots scattered across the tan spots. Gelatinous threads of spores are exuded from these dots during wet weather.