Creepy crawly medicine--does it work?
- By: Samena Chaudhry, Ardeshir Bayat
There are some more unusual techniques used in medicine, and they can also be a little gruesome. The thought of maggots crawling around on your skin is pretty unpleasant, but it does apparently have some therapeutic basis…
Imagine going to a doctor for a leg wound that just won't heal. Instead of prescribing antibiotics, the doctor suggests a treatment of maggots. Sounds horrible? You may have read stories with concentrated close ups of huge numbers of scary and non- sterile looking creatures and wondered why anyone would even consider such a treatment. But, disgusting as it sounds, scientific research has shown that, in some cases, such creepy crawlies may heal a wound more quickly and efficiently than modern medicine. “Biosurgery” using larvae such as maggots for treatment of difficult wounds is now becoming an established discipline in the management of difficult wounds.
Maggot therapy (placing live sterile maggots on a