Doctors with Emory University have found that the peppertree can counter the MRSA superbug.
For thousands of years, people have known certain trees and plants have healing proprieties. One such piece of shrubbery is the Brazilian peppertree. According to the RainTree tropical plant database, the peppertree has unique chemicals that can improve wound healing rates as well as modulate the inflammatory response.
And the evidence isn’t just anecdotal, as there’s plenty of research to back up the peppertree’s power. According to a 2015 study published in the journal Acta Cirurgica Brasileira, oils made with the plant increased the speed of tissue regeneration in a group of laboratory rats.
Now, a research team out of Emory University has found another important use for the peppertree.
There is a whole array of plants that can aid the wound healing process.
While many of the important developments in wound healing come from laboratories, there are so many powerful solutions that grow right in the natural world. Specifically, many medical professionals rely on a wide array of therapeutic plants including yarrow, which helps heal scar tissue from burns, and calendula, noted for its ability to increase blood flow.
But those only scratch the surface, and there is a veritable garden of plants used in wound care regimens.
New genetic studies of shark species has found insight into their powerful immune systems that one day might aid humans
In the past, we’ve touched on just how essential fish are when it comes to advancing wound care research. For instance, studying the zebrafish has given scientists important new insights into how to address issues with tissue regeneration and inflammation.
Harvard researchers have created a new kind of device that could create new dressing types for the wound care industry.
In most of the recent developments that advance wound healing, whether they’re an ultrasound diagnostic tool or a wearable system for preventing ulcers, one thread connects all of these technologies: portability. Having something that’s quick to use and easy to carry around is essential for proper wound care, especially in emergency situations or for use on the battlefield.
There is promising research that shows acupuncture may aid wound healing.
Of the many different forms of alternative medicine, acupuncture may be the most popular. With origins dating back to ancient China, this practice involves placing needles in key parts of the body to better a person’s health. Practitioners believe that acupuncture can help with everything from expediting people’s recovery after surgery to acting as nausea relief during chemotherapy.
But did you also know that acupuncture may have important implications in wound care? There’s a large amount of research demonstrating that acupuncture can help with pain and even decrease wound healing times.