Natural Health News – Extracts Birch Tree have served for centuries as a traditional remedy to help wounds heal faster.
raids Now, German researchers have made in understanding how an extract of the white outer layer of the bark works to heal wounds.
Their findings are published in the journal Plos One .
The mechanism is complex and occurs at the molecular level. In the first phase of wound healing, cells damaged skin release certain substances which lead to a temporary inflammation. They attract phagocytes, which eliminate foreign bacteria and dead tissue.
At this stage, the birch bark extract ( Betula alba syn. B. pendula , the Betulaceae family) increases the ability of damaged skin to produce certain types of protein called “inflammatory substances” that attract the types of cells that kill bacteria and dead tissue. Then, birch (betulin and lupeol specifically proteins in the cortex) it causes cells called keratinocytes skin move to the injury, which helps heal faster and close the wound.
In the second phase of wound healing and skin cells migrate to close the wound. Birch (betulin and lupeol specifically proteins in the cortex) causes cells called keratinocytes skin move to the injury, which helps heal faster and close the wound. birch extract aids in this process as well, they found.
Herbal to aid in wound healing remedies have been gaining more attractive than ever, due to reports more than ever about the dangerous side effects associated with many drug treatments.
A traditional remedy
The authors of the paper show that the birch bark was used by the Indians of North America that his wounds wrapped with her accelerating wound healing. Their findings support earlier laboratory data showing a beneficial effect on cell proliferation and cell migration.
Small studies in humans have also shown positive results. In a case report German researchers describe successful treatment of necrotizing herpes zoster using an emulsion of birch bark. Similarly it found birch bark extract, in a study of the German language, to be effective in the treatment of two patients suffering from second-degree burns . In a small clinical trial involving 24 people, a preparation significantly birch bark accelerate healing in skin graft donor sites .
In traditional medicine, especially in Russia, most parts are used birch tree.
Infusions of birch leaves is said to be an excellent tonic for a variety of inflammatory problems related to the bladder and kidneys. the birch leaf infusions are also recommended to promote the flow of bile, which is used to digest fats. Infusions of birch buds are said to help detoxification through a strong diuretic action.
birch sap is considered a general tonic for the whole body and has many traditional uses. It is believed to strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to resist disease. The sap is also used as a wash to improve skin texture and skin problems revive such as eczema and acne. It has also been used to remove dandruff and increase hair growth.
applied to rheumatic joints or arthritis, a compress made of mashed potatoes and fresh steamed birch leaves is said to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.