Serratiopeptidase, also known as serrapeptase is a common drug in Europe and Japan. It is a chemical extracted from silkworms. The U.S. classifies this chemical as a dietary supplement. Painful conditions such as arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headache, rheumatoid, tension headache, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis can be somewhat controlled by this drug. Many people also use it to control conditions that involve inflammation (swelling) and pain. Some conditions in this category include blood clot in a vein resulting in a swelling, swelling resulting from surgery, sore throat, Crohn’s disease, larynqitis, ear infections, sinusitis, and ulcerative colitis.
There are also instances where people have used serrapeptase to treat atherosclerosis commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries. Others use it to deal with heart disease, leg ulcers, pus accumulation, asthma and diabetes. Serrapeptase essentially assists the body to break down proteins. The result is usually a reduction in mucous and inflation.
Effectiveness of Serratiopeptidase
It is important to note there is insufficient scientific evidence to rate its effectiveness in dealing with most of the conditions outlined above. While it is generally effective in clearing facial swelling after a surgical procedure, the existing evidence to support its reduction of pain in sore throats, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis (sinus pain), rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis is still in its initial stages.
Initial findings indicate that use of the drug for about four weeks reduces coughing in people suffering from chronic bronchitis. Pain and nasal secretions have been observed to significantly reduce in persons suffering from sinusitis (sinus pain) after three to four days of using this drug. Similar results have been recorded with sore throats (pharyngitis) and hoarseness (laryngitis).
Safe Use of Serratiopeptidase
The existing information indicates that it is safe to use serrapeptase in adults if it is taken through the mouth and only used for a period not exceeding four weeks. Studies are yet to make out the possible long term side effects of this chemical. Pregnant women are advised to avoid the drug altogether given the grey areas that still exist with respect to the side effects it may have on the woman and the fetus. To be safe, breastfeeding mothers are also highly discouraged from using serrapeptase.
According to a section of researchers, serrapeptase can interfere with the clotting of blood. The danger this poses is the fact that people who are using the drug might be at a higher risk of suffering from bleeding disorders or over bleeding in the event of an injury. Anyone with a bleeding disorder should seek advice from their doctor before using serrapeptase. Those preparing to undergo a surgical procedure are advised to avoid using this drug at least two weeks to the surgery to avoid the possibility of over bleeding during surgery.
There is still a lot that is unknown in the use of serrapeptase and the side effects that it can bring. The need to exercise caution when using the drug cannot be overemphasized. Talk to your doctor before you start using this drug.