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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 418--424

Wound care with traditional, complementary and alternative medicine


Reconstructive Sciences Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Ananda A Dorai
Reconstructive Sciences Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia,16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
Malaysia
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.101331

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Wound care is constantly evolving with the advances in medicine. Search for the ideal dressing material still continues as wound care professionals are faced with several challenges. Due to the emergence of multi-resistant organisms and a decrease in newer antibiotics, wound care professionals have revisited the ancient healing methods by using traditional and alternative medicine in wound management. People's perception towards traditional medicine has also changed and is very encouraging. The concept of moist wound healing has been well accepted and traditional medicine has also incorporated this method to fasten the healing process. Several studies using herbal and traditional medicine from different continents have been documented in wound care management. Honey has been used extensively in wound care practice with excellent results. Recent scientific evidences and clinical trials conducted using traditional and alternative medicine in wound therapy holds good promise in the future.






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