Pharmacological Properties of the Medical Maggot: A Novel Therapy Overview

Published on May 3, 2018in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine1.813
· DOI :10.1155/2018/4934890
Litao Yan3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Dalian Medical University),
Jin Chu3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Dalian Medical University)
+ 5 AuthorsShouyu Wang15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Dalian Medical University)
In the last decade, maggot has been hailed as the miraculous “medicinal maggot” for its diverse properties, including antimicrobial, antibiofilm, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing activities. The fact that maggots show so many beneficial properties has increased the interest in these tiny larvae dramatically. Whilst there is relatively abundant clinical evidence to demonstrate the success of maggots as debridement agents, not so much emphasis has been placed on the basic science evidence, which was a combination of physical and biochemical actions. This review differs from those earlier works in that it is undertaken to provide an update of the latest scientific basis published on maggot, particularly active ingredients within maggot excretions/secretions (ES). Further investigations should focus on the isolation, identification, recombination, transgenosis, and mass production of the beneficial molecules within maggots.
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