Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Many people diagnosed with diabetes would end up losing parts of their body, usually their legs because of the disease. Diabetes is due to no sugar control in our body. Since before, nature has been our ally in helping us with our sickness and medical problems. Ad this help for diabetes comes in an extraordinary way. That is the maggot therapy. This is a type of therapy that uses maggots as the main surgeon in helping patients with diabetes avoid losing their legs.

Certain live maggots have been trained since antiquity as an economical, safe and effective type of wound debridement (cleaning). In controlled and sterile settings by licensed medical practitioners, maggot therapy introduces live, disinfected maggots into non-healing skin or soft wounds of a human or other animal. They eat the dead old tissue, leaving the live tissue alone. It is uncertain if maggot secretions have any effect on bacterial growth, since different studies have produced contradictory results, and some species of bacteria may be naturally resistant to maggot secretions. As of 2008, maggot therapy was being used in around 1,000 medical centers in Europe and over 800 medical centers in the United States. This therapy has made wonders and help patients in their battle against the dreaded diabetes.

What they do is they place small maggots into the wound area. Maggots eat and clean the wound before bacteria starts coming in and when that comes, amputation is the best option to avoid gangrene of the wound. There is really a big change in the wound. The healing process is fast compared to drug treatment of the wound. Many diabetic patients would prefer this therapy because of the fine result. Wounds are cured and they don't lose any part of their body, especially their legs in the process.