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From Dr Adrian McCracken

Malvern, Worcestershire

Further to the interesting article on treating ulcers with honey by Professors Andrew Moore and Henry McQuay, I agree this is wonderful treatment.

Sometimes it is better to use the thick, uncentrifuged honey as it does not run out of the wound as readily.

I thought your readers may be interested to know that I have used pawpaw (papaya) in treating deep pressure wounds with considerable success when nothing else has worked.

Basically you scoop a little pawpaw out with a teaspoon to the rough shape and size of the wound, put it in and put a dry dressing on and leave it for a couple of days, repeating it every now and then.

I enclose photo of some very deep pressure wounds on one our patients in our local community hospital, showing how much better they were after just 10 days' treatment, and after three weeks they had completely healed.

Everything we had tried prior to this failed to help.

Unfortunately, the nurses at our community hospital are no longer allowed to use pawpaw, or even honey, as the powers that be have announced these are ‘not licensed medicines'.

This does seem crazy as surely all that matters is that we get our patients better, but such is the modern bureaucracy.

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