The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using maggots to clean wounds

    We’re talking about the soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of certain flies. Their benefits include cleaning the wound and possibly speeding healing.

    Medscape has a detailed review of the subject.
    In one study that is representative of the available research, removal of dead tissue occurred more rapidly and the size of the wound decreased faster during the first 4 weeks of maggot therapy compared to standard therapy, but the actual time it took to heal was the same.

    The bottom line?

    • There’s not enough evidence to support using maggots in everyone
    • Although the little buggers clean the wound, they don’t seem to speed healing

    Research has not addressed the pain and discomfort associated with cleaning large wounds (as in burn patients). This might be a possible advantage to study in the future.

    10/30/06 08:56 JR

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