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Would you let a larva heal your wounds?


Dic 31, 2022

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Hospitals in Kenya will start using live larvae to treat some patients after a pilot study on the use of this ancient practice gave promising results.

In a country where many people have to pay for their medicines, the method of healing wounds infected with larvae also promises to reduce medical bills.

«The results were good. Patients who were going to stay here for three months and have surgery on top of using expensive antibiotics were able to leave the hospital in two to three weeks,» said Dr. Christopher Kibiwot, who took part in the pilot at Kenyatta National Hospital.

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The larvae clean the wound by feeding on dead tissue.

Larval therapy dates back to the earliest civilizations.