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Topic: Notes and Considerations on Treating Buruli Ulcers with Healing Clay  (Read 8025 times)

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There are a few critical points to consider when treating a buruli ulcer with therapeutic clay.

First, clay is actually more effective with infections that have progressed for quite some time. In fact, clay poultices are not very effective, if at all, until the ulceration opens up. With buruli, unlike many other poultices uses, clay must come in contact with the diseased tissue. This was determined by doing a two month test where daily poultices were used before the ulcer opened up. Poultice applications had very little, if any, impact on the condition.

The reason is due to the known methods of clay action: Clay neutralizes the enzymes produced by the mycobacterium, and debrides the wound at a molecular level.

Second, in order to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time, the ulceration should be surgically debrided before clay application, especially in cases where the ulceration is not yet advanced. This should be done by an "expert".  The better the surgical intervention, the easier clay can do its job.  This "pre-treatment" is actually a part of the "accepted" medical treatment of Buruli.

While this has not been absolutely necessary, doing so ensures the best possible outcome. This debriding should be done by a medical doctor experienced with buruli ulcerations. In the case history displayed on the Eytons' Earth buruli ulcer page, no surgical debridement was done, nor needed.  However, we are aware of a second case where clay therapy was not successful until the ulceration was opened.

Third, both the enzymes and the diseased and rotting tissue need to be removed in a timely fashion in order to halt the progression of the condition. It is the body's own immune system that ultimately eliminates the infection, and the immune system is paralyzed as long as these enzymes are present in-tissue.

This means that while the infection is still active, clay will have to be changed out often. As long as the wound is draining, the clay itself gets "used up" rapidly. Once the clay is "full", it stops being effective, and will no longer halt the progression of the disease state. Clay may have to be changed out as often as every 15 to 20 minutes in the beginning. This was determined by doing another series of tests which showed that leaving clay on the ulceration without changing it (4-8 hours) during the initial stages of recovery resulted in poor performance by the clay.

The usual rule of clay use does not apply: Usually, one leaves clay on the body until it starts to dry and detaches naturally. Because of the draining, the clay will not dry as it would otherwise do. Once draining stops (this is determined by examining the state of the wound), clay can be left on the area for longer periods of time.

Finally, while all of the known therapeutic clays should work (the example @ Eytons' Earth was done by using our green desert healing clay, the best clay to use during the first treatment stage is green illite. Illite is a mica. It has a particle size that is about half the size of smectite. Rather than being comprised of flat, wafer-like particles, illite particles are more round. These characteristics make illite the IDEAL CONTACT CLAY.

Conversely, illite has very, very little sorption (ion exchange capacity) power compared to other therapeutic grade clays. Luckily, extremely powerful sorption is not required for the illite to be effective. This was determined by a comparative analysis study done by Eyton's Earth in 2017, by a lab in Canada with a great deal of experience with ion exchange capacity testing.

I call illite "The Grappler" because of the way it rips and grabs substances. Illiite can be used right up until the point that new granulating tissue starts to form. You will know this is occurring because the newly forming tissue will start to bleed. Then, a montmorillonite/bentonite clay should be used, which has a far greater "pulling" effect and many other beneficial properties for wound healing.
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