Friday, June 12, 2009
For All Things a Purpose
While not a topic for polite conversation, it seems that an old, old remedy now has scientific validity. Using maggots on wounds works!
Before you cover your eyes and say Ewwwww, just listen to this. For years, hospitals have kept a supply of maggots on hand to use for certain difficult to heal wounds and burns. Researchers feel they have finally figured out why.
A fluid secreted by the maggot as it feeds, contains an enzyme that breaks down decaying tissue. This enzyme could be isolated and placed in an ointment that will promote healing.
Though still a work in progress, someday we may be able to buy maggot-produced products at the local drugstore.
For more information on research, check out this article.
It could give a whole new meaning to the phrase "a fly in the ointment", couldn't it?
Have a great weekend!