Management of Non-Healing Ulcer by the Use of Crushed Raw Papaya along with Leeching: A Case Study
The incidence of non-healing ulcer is 1-2 percent in developed countries. In Indian community its prevalence reported in year 2004 was 4.8 per 1000 populations. It may increase many folds in future because of increase in number of old persons, diabetes mellitus and vascular diseases
A male patient aged 63yrs. came to surgery OPD Majeedia Unani Hospital, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, in October 2019, with the complain of ulcer on antero-medial aspect of right foot. The ulcer was painful and movement was limited on affected side.
After required investigations and local examination of wound, treatment was started by local application of meshed papaya and combination of oral Unani drugs formulations along with leech therapy as described in texts of Unani System of Medicine. It was observed that Unani treatment of non-healing ulcer with papaya and leech therapy is an option to avoid amputation and its complications. The ulcer completely healed without any locomotor disturbances. Recovery was very fast and the condition of leg totally resolved without any complications and side effects.
Keywords: Non-healing ulcer, Unani medicine, leech therapy, Qurooh-e-Aseeratul Indemal.
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