A research team at London’s Kingston University says that common hospital infections like the difficult−to−treat methicillin−resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can be effectively treated by applying an ointment made of pomegranate rind.
Combining the pomegranate extract with metal salts combated MRSA most successfully. And adding vitamin C to the mix effectively warded off other infections often seen in hospitals.
How do the researchers feel about the harnessing the power of natural products to treat resistant infections? Fairly optimistic: '[i]t shows that nature still has a few tricks up its sleeve,' he said.
“We have developed a topical ointment that can successfully attack a range of drug−resistant microbes. It's a breakthrough and a striking example of the effectiveness of adding more components to create a more active product," says lead researcher Declan Naughton.
“The increase in drug−resistant infections found in hospitals has made our research topical and pressing," said Naughton. "The idea of using a foodstuff is unusual and means that the body should be able to cope more easily with its application; patients are less likely to experience any major side−effects."
How do the researchers feel about the harnessing the power of natural products to treat resistant infections? Fairly optimistic: "[i]t shows that nature still has a few tricks up its sleeve," he said.
The research was reported in the British Journal of Biomedical Science and BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.