Patrick Guilfoile: Birch bark bandages may be back in vogue
Birch bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments including serving as bandages to treat skin wounds. Subsequently, a number of scientific studies have demonstrated the healing properties of birch bark extracts. These include reports of healing herpes skin sores, burned tissue, and skin grafts. Scientists from Germany recently filled in some of the molecular details of how birch bark aids the healing process.
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