HERB - wound healing & honey

Walter J. Wakefield wjwakefield at juno.com
Thu Sep 7 19:56:02 PDT 2000

One of the essential components of the treatment of Helicobacter pylori
as the bacterial cause of ulcers is PeptoBismol, or an equivalent bismuth
containing compound.  Apparently the bismuth is useful in some capacity. 
I believe it disrupts  some process in the bacterium, but I have not
researched this in any detail, so am not sure.  Maybe someone else has
seen some research on this topic?  Anyway, maybe PeptoBismol has more
properties than just coating and soothing??

Suzanna, the Herbalist, Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra
On Thu, 07 Sep 2000 13:23:33 -0700 Sara Bairrington
<katri4684 at surfree.com> writes:
>I emailed my Mom,  she said that peptobismol by it's nature helps coat 
>inflamed areas.  Honey  is the antibiotic that helps it heal.  The 
>heals from the inside out, which is the only way to heal bed sores.  
>did say that if the wound was really nasty she'd add a small amount of 
>iodine that also helped speed the granulation and healing.  She has 
>this for over 50 years as a RN.  Yup, it's the oldtimey way to do the 
>but she feels that if it works, why change.  She can't tell me what 
>ingredients in each component do the job, she just knows it works.
>At 12:59 PM 9/7/00, you wrote:
>>>Yes, it helps the wound granulate, has soothing properties, helps 
>>I think I'd personally be more interested in the "why" behind it
>>scientifically. What ingredient combination or substance makes
>>this possible, I wonder? Medical history suffered this huge blow
>>when people decided that pouring stuff into wounds was a good idea.
>>It's taken us nearly forever to get out of that mode of thinking,
>>historically speaking. Their mistaken, but understandable, idea
>>was that if pus is good and laudable, then more pus must be better.
>>So back to the peptobismol idea, I wonder what it is that might
>>make it appear that a wound gets better. Could it possibly be that
>>honey simply made it possible for the peptobismol *not* to harm
>>the wound? That in and of itself wouldn't surprise me, considering
>>the nature of honey. But I'd hate to dismiss the peptobismol out
>>of hand.
>>Iasmin de Cordoba, gwalli at ptc.com or iasmin at home.com
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