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Natural remedies treat chronic wounds
Wed, 14 Nov 2007 21:59:11
Chronic wounds, considered as the most challenging health problems, do not respond well to
the majority of the standard treatments.
The situation is often more complicated as the wounds are often infected with antibiotic
resistant bacteria. As a result, it seems administration of alternative medicine may be helpful
in several cases.
Ointments with plant-derived ingredients have an excellent stimulatory effect on the
formation of granulation tissue and epithelization.
Honey has been used to treat wounds since ancient times. Honey can act as a sealant,
keeping the wound free from contamination, when applied directly on the wound surface or
via a dressing.
Its high sugar provides topical nutrition, thought to promote healing and tissue growth.
Honey is also a bactericidal and hyperosmotic agent that draws fluid from the wound bed, and
kills the bacteria that cannot thrive in such an environment.
It is an ideal first aid dressing, especially where standard medications and equipment are not
Maggots as biochemical debriding agents have been used for centuries to help heal wounds.
They ingest and degrade bacteria; they also secrete an enzyme that disinfects the wound,
dissolves necrotic tissue, and stimulates wound healing.
The leech, once an indispensable part of medicine in the 19th century only to be abandoned
in favor of scientific medical advances, is seeing a renaissance in the area of modern plastic
reconstructive surgery -- particularly in microsurgery transplantation.
Arnica is particularly effective in torpid wounds coated with smeary fluids and those with poor
formation of granulation tissue. The application of arnica compresses, combined with
immobilization and limb elevation is believed to be effective in treating lymphangitis.
Studies have revealed using wet compressions of digitalis lanata (foxglove) promotes wound
healing significantly. It is mainly effective in treating torpid wounds coated with smeary fluids,
old wounds and chronic ulcers.