New research from Padjadjaran University (Indonesia) has successfully applied coffee powder to treat diabetic ulcers for male patients who have had amputation indications.
In the new publication in the American scientific journal - American Journal of Medical Case Reports - a group of authors from Padjadjaran University (West Java, Indonesia) presented a very unusual treatment for diabetic ulcers .
According to the authors, the anonymous male patient, 63, had an amputation indication because three diabetic ulcers above his right foot were very heavy, infected and failed to treat. If the limb is not present, the infection can be severe and endanger the life of the patient. However, male patients refused to cut off this leg.
Therefore, Dr. Hendro Yuwono - the lead author of the report - and his colleagues decided to treat him with arabica coffee powder . Coffee powder is applied as a treatment for infection, rubbing directly on the wound and bandage. The patient was changed once a week in combination with close health monitoring. After 3 months, the infection had suddenly pushed back.
" Coffee has the ability to be a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial . Many chemicals in coffee can keep the cells of the wound healthy, help them heal faster" - Dr. Yuwono declared published in the report. He added that the powder could resist some common infections like MRSA and E.coli, by producing hydrogen peroxide when it reacts with fluid in the wound, helping to reduce the fertility of bacteria.
The authors said they tested this therapy on more than 200 patients since 2004 and have not had any complications.
However, scientists note that the method is still in the research phase and that all processes are strictly managed in a sterile hospital environment. The work offers the prospect of a cheap, safe treatment for infection, which is of great concern in the context of increasing antibiotic resistance. Of course to be able to build a complete regimen, more research and testing steps are needed.
Recently, some quirky methods and application of natural materials have been gradually studied and implemented. The most recent is the approval of the UK National Health Service (NHS) for treatment of wounds with maggots.