Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2006 / Article

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Volume 3 |Article ID 904248 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel022

Yamni Nigam, Alyson Bexfield, Stephen Thomas, Norman Arthur Ratcliffe, "Maggot Therapy: The Science and Implication for CAM Part II—Maggots Combat Infection", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 3, Article ID 904248, 6 pages, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel022

Maggot Therapy: The Science and Implication for CAM Part II—Maggots Combat Infection

Received13 Sep 2005
Accepted23 Mar 2006


Maggot therapy employs the use of freshly emerged, sterile larvae of the common green-bottle fly, Phaenicia (Lucilia) sericata, and is a form of artificially induced myiasis in a controlled clinical situation. Maggot therapy has the following three core beneficial effects on a wound: debridement, disinfection and enhanced healing. In part II of this review article, we discuss clinical infections and the evidence supporting the potent antibacterial action of maggot secretions. Enhancement of wound healing by maggots is discussed along with the future of this highly successful, often controversial, alternative treatment.

Copyright © 2006 Yamni Nigam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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