MEBO (Moist Exposed Burn Ointment)
Dr Sanjay Saraf
MEBO (Moist Exposed Burn Ointment) is a
Chinese herbal formulation and has been
proposed as an efficacious product for the
management of partial-thickness burns.
The MEBO contains
Base of beeswax and sesame oil.
In addition, MEBO includes in its formula 18
amino acids, 4 major fatty acids, vitamins,
The MEBO was developed in the 1980s by
Professor Rongxiang Xu in china in the form
of an herbal remedy and was claimed as the
ideal burn wound dressing.
Control of pain and infection
Decrease of scar formation
Prevention of progressive necrosis of burn
Promotes epithelial repair
Inhibits bacterial growth
Reduction of water evaporation from burn
improved scar formation
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