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Amish, burdock, holistic remedies, natural remedies, salve, skin grafts, wound care



  1. Flurry, Mitchell D. MD
  2. Herring, Kelsie L. BA
  3. Carr, Logan W. MD
  4. Hauck, Randy M. MD
  5. Potochny, John D. MD


BACKGROUND: Amish patients show a demonstrated preference for traditional, herbal remedies over modern medical interventions such as skin grafting. One such remedy is a mixture of Burn & Wound Ointment (B & W Ointment; Holistic Acres, LLC; Newcomerstown, Ohio) and steeped burdock leaves. Although both have demonstrated some antimicrobial and wound healing properties, burdock and/or the combination of B & W Ointment and burdock has never been studied to determine its purported ability to reduce pain, prevent infection, and accelerate wound healing.


METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on 6 Amish patients treated with salve and burdock leaves instead of skin grafting following complex traumatic wounds to determine whether the traditional treatment incurred any patient harm.


RESULTS: The time of wound epithelialization and healing complications were noted, among other data points. Time to full epithelialization ranged from 1 to 7 months. Time to full wound healing was proportional to wound size.


CONCLUSIONS: Although the treatment presented here is unconventional, it did not cause harm to the patients studied.