Originally Posted by jaayteetx
C'mon Doc, they said those things about leeches once too.
Big difference. For years and years, I've used leeches in salvaging some of my flap reconstruction and replantation of digits and limbs. Same for maggots in cleaning up wounds with gangrenous tissue within. There has NEVER
been a question as to IF
leech and maggot therapy works. Egyptians used leech and maggot therapy 3,500 years ago. The treatments were back in vogue during the Middle Ages, and again in the 1800s. These therapies were not FDA-approved until the early 2000s, not because it was felt that they were not effective, but because before that time, a company growing and distributing them for medical use could not prove that the leeches and maggots would be disease-free and could not themselves transmit disease.