Too much sugar may be bad for the waistline, but it could help doctors heal the sick.
New research shows folk medicine from Africa may hold the key to treating wounds that defy modern medicine.
study found granulated sugar poured directly into bed sores, leg ulcers
and even amputations promotes healing when antibiotics and other
treatments have failed.
The study is headed by Moses Murandu,
a senior lecturer in adult nursing at Wolverhampton University, who
grew up in Zimbabwe where his father used sugar to heal wounds and
reduce pain when he was a child.
draws water from the wound into a dressing - bacteria needs water to
survive - which allows accelerates the healing process, or kick starts
it where progress has stalled. When Mr Murandu moved to the UK he realised that sugar was not recognised as a traditional medicine that had something to offer.
of the patients receiving treatment as part of the research is Alan
Bayliss, from Birmingham, who was being treated at Moseley Hall Hospital’s amputee rehabilitation ward.
underwent an above the knee amputation on his right leg due to an ulcer
at the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Hospital Birmingham in January 2013, and as
part of the surgery a vein was removed from his left leg.
his post-surgery rehabilitation, Mr Bayliss was moved to Moseley Hall
Hospital where standard dressings were used but the left leg cavity
wound was not healing effectively. Nurses
contacted Mr Murandu and Mr Bayliss was given the sugar treatment and
within two weeks the wound had drastically reduced in size.
Source - Daily Mail