Dirt in the wound

Published April 27, 2020

It seems that putting soil in a wound — ster­il­ized soil, to be clear — helps it clot and heal faster, thanks to the silicates.

The study […] found that the pres­ence of soil in wounds helps acti­vate a blood pro­tein, known as coag­u­la­tion Factor XII. Once acti­vat­ed, the pro­tein kicks off a rapid chain reac­tion that helps leads to the for­ma­tion of a plug, seal­ing the wound and lim­it­ing blood loss.

Potential use: “In extreme cas­es and in remote areas with­out access to health­care and wound seal­ing products.”

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