Salve and burdock: A safe, effective Amish remedy for treatment of traumatic wounds?

Mitchell D. Flurry, Kelsie L. Herring, Logan W. Carr, Randy M. Hauck, John D. Potochny

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Background: Amish patients show a demonstrated preference for traditional, herbal remedies over modern medical interventions such as skin grafting. One such remedy is a mixture of Burn & Wound Ointment (B & W Ointment; Holistic Acres, LLC; Newcomerstown, Ohio) and steeped burdock leaves. Although both have demonstrated some antimicrobial and wound healing properties, burdock and/or the combination of B & W Ointment and burdock has never been studied to determine its purported ability to reduce pain, prevent infection, and accelerate wound healing. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on 6 Amish patients treated with salve and burdock leaves instead of skin grafting following complex traumatic wounds to determine whether the traditional treatment incurred any patient harm. RESULTS: The time of wound epithelialization and healing complications were noted, among other data points. Time to full epithelialization ranged from 1 to 7 months. Time to full wound healing was proportional to wound size. Conclusions: Although the treatment presented here is unconventional, it did not cause harm to the patients studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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