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Abstract Title:

Blumea balsamifera Oil for the Acceleration of Healing of Burn Injuries.

Abstract Source:

Molecules. 2015 ;20(9):17166-79. Epub 2015 Sep 17. PMID: 26393555

Abstract Author(s):

Zuo-Wang Fan, Yu-Xin Pang, Kai Wang, Fu-Lai Yu, Dan Wang, Quan Yang, Qing-Song Ma, Xiao-Ting Li, Jin Zou, Wen-Qing Zhang, Li-Fen Wu

Article Affiliation:

Zuo-Wang Fan


Blumea balsamifera oil (BBO) is a main extract obtained from Blumea balsamifera (L.) DC (Ainaxiang) leaves, which are widely used as a traditional medicine by the Miao and Li Nations to promote skin trauma or burn injury healing. This study was initiated to investigate the healing efficacy in deep second-degree burn model in rats. The rats were treated by BBO for 21 consecutive days. The rate of healing, scabs dropped time and re-epithelialization time were observed every three days for 21 days after burn injury. The samples were collected from different treated rats by sacrificing the animals on the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th, 14th, and 21st day post-burn creation. Then, the water content of burn tissue was measured. Plasma interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) levels were evaluated, and the tissue expressions of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) were determined along with skin histopathology. The results showed that the water content of tissue was significantly reduced, the scabs dropped time shortened, and healing accelerated after treatment with BBO in the burn injury rats. Furthermore, the expressions of growth factors were significantly increased in the tissue; however, the levels of inflammatory factors on plasma decreased. This study confirms the efficacy of BBO consumption on burn injuries.

Study Type : Animal Study

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