The all-natural approach has shown promising evidence in fully healing these ulcers in just a few weeks’ time.
In America especially, diabetic foot ulcers have become problematic in recent years. In fact, 20 percent of all diabetic individuals will develop these wounds, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Perhaps that’s why there has been a number of exciting new developments in how these ulcers are treated.
A team from China is using stem cells derived from skin appendages to improve wound healing for ulcers. Similarly, a research collective from Texas is utilizing cord cells for the same purpose. Meanwhile, a group from Northwestern University is using a mix of proteins and various cells to create regenerative bandages.
A common thread among these projects is that they rely on groundbreaking technologies. However, a group of scientists from the Wound Institute of Beverly Hills is relying on a much more elemental solution to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
Rethinking ulcer treatments
As detailed in a recent study in the journal Wounds, the WIBH team has turned to sea salt-based spray to treat these ulcers. As part of a 12-week study, the scientists treated a total of 10 patients, each with varying levels of ulcer severity. Once a week, the wounds were treated with a combination solution made from sea salt pulled from a coral reef, purified water, sodium benzoate and lysozyme.
Sodium benzoate has long been used in many wound care ointments, as it helps prevent infections by impeding microbial growth. Lysozyme, meanwhile, has demonstrated promise in improving wound healing. A 2014 study in the journal Mediators of Inflammation noted that it can help prevent infections that follow several traumatic injuries.
And while coral reef salt isn’t exactly a normal component of wound care treatments, this isn’t the first time it appeared in the research literature. In a piece written from ABC News Australia, professor Bart Currie explained that while there is some evidence to the value of sea salt in wound healing, nothing is completely definitive. He did mention, though, that while saline is used to clean wounds of nasty microbials, sea salt isn’t always a sterile option.
But based solely on the efforts of the WIBH team, this sea salt spray may be an effective option. In addition to two patients experiencing full wound healing, another six saw a 73-percent reduction in the size of the wound. It’s also worth noting that two patients withdrew from the process, and that can modify the final results.
As such, the WIBH team is continuing their efforts into this natural therapeutic option, and sea salt spray could become available in just a few years’ time if the results continue to prove as impressive.
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