Another limited study published in 1995 in Food and Agriculture Organization (of United Nations) website agris.fao.org looked into same. Ten clients with Decubiti ulcers (bedsores) were treated with banana leaves for 2 to 3 weeks during their confinement at the Philippine General Hospital. They were treated with boiled guava leaves as antiseptic solution. The wounds were dried with clean old T-shirts and then clean banana leaves were applied three times a day over a period of 2-3 weeks. At the same time, they applied daily cleaning and Betadine and Vaselinized gauze pads on another test group.
In case of Banana leaf group, the decrease and the drying of the decubitus site continued from day to day and cured faster by a week. The limited study concluded guava leaves are astringent in effect as they contain Tannic acid. Banana leaves have a therapeutic effect as they contain preservative moisture along with tannic content – helping in healing of ulcers. Apart from that, Banana leaves also contain natural antioxidants and anti bacterial properties.
So, considering the aforementioned wound healing properties of banana leaves and possible benefits in bedsores, one may consult an Ayurvedic medical professional and try the natural and low cost remedy. It is important to note, as a natural product, banana leaves are contaminated with various pathogens. One must clean the leaves well or sterilize them before using on bedsores or pressure ulcers.
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