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Treatment of Burns : Can Allopathy achieve “The ideal healing touch” on its own ?

Dr. (Maj.) Suma Kaza

Assistant Professor of Pathology,
Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences
Narketpally, Nalgonda
E-mail ID-cyma2110@gmail.com


Introduction:The first International Congress on Research in Burns dates to over 50 years ago. This event was organized at National Navel Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Followed by a compilation of 64 papers edited by Artz and published as the proceedings. Since then immense progress has been made in early resuscitation, infection management, wound excision and coverage which have helped in the fight against burn mortality.1,3 Though wound care is constantly evolving with the advances in medicine, the search for the ideal dressing material still continues as wound care professionals are faced with several challenges.4

Numerous options exist for dressings. While many factors must be considered in dressing selection. The goals in selecting the most appropriate dressing should include providing protection from contamination (bacterial or otherwise), from physical damage, allowing gas exchange, moisture retention and providing comfort to enhance functional recovery5,6. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as ‘the health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being’.7The treatment of burn wounds has evolved over several decades through clinical and preclinical research.