Bedsores treatment, alternative and natural
June 2 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are a common problem for people with limited mobility, such as nursing home patients and others who are confined to bed or a wheelchair. Constant pressure on the skin causes reduced blood flow, death of skin cells and, eventually, open wounds which can get infected.

Bedsore treatment
Bedsores are difficult to treat and are slow to heal, putting patients at risk for infections.

Natural remedy for bedsores
A traditional Finnish remedy -- a salve made from Norwegian spruce tree resin mixed with unsalted butter -- heals bedsores faster than a standard modern treatment. The tree resin salve is a folk remedy of the Finnish Lapland. It has been used for decades, and possibly centuries. Repolar Ltd. is a company that has started to develop a salve as a commercial product. The tree resin appears to kill a number of skin pathogens, including the "superbug" MRSA, which is resistant to a number of antibiotics and can cause deadly infections. Research shows the salve also has antifungal properties. British Journal of Dermatology, 2008.

Nurs Older People. 2014. Updated guidance on pressure ulcer prevention issued. Patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers should be repositioned at least every six hours and those 'at high risk' should have their position changed at least every four hours, according to new guidance.