Maggots can be used to treat wounds and skin infections that do not respond to normal treatments. Maggot therapy utilizes maggots of the green blowfly. The maggots eat the dead and necrotic tissue in the wound and leave the living tissue alone.
History of Maggot Therapy
Maggots have been used for centuries to treat wounds. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is credited with documenting this type of treatment in 400 BC, which was the first known instance of this type of treatment. The use of maggot therapy started to become more widespread around the late 1800s when doctors started using it with patients who had necrosis or gangrene.