Amish Home Burn Treatment: B&W Salve and Burdock Leaves
People in the Amish community have been using “The New Concept in Treating Burns” and their experience is recounted in a little booklet by that title. It is a compilation of articles, testimonials, and letters to the editor of a monthly newspaper Plain Interests, published in Millersburg PA.
The treatment, involving B&W ointment and dressings of scalded burdock leaves, was developed by John Keim, an Amish farmer and natural healer. The Amish have a tradition of taking care of their own, and they try to avoid hospitals whenever possible. In the booklet, they even recommend treating hip fractures at home without surgery. (Which, after all, is what we did before we had hospitals and surgery).
They claim that with the B&W burn treatment:
- Painful burns are rendered non-painful.
- Healing is faster.
- Painful debridement is not necessary.
- Skin grafting is not necessary.
- Scarring seldom occurs.
- Iatrogenic harm from hospitals is avoided.
- Patients can be treated at home at much less expense.
According to Keim, with his method it seldom takes more than seven days to get a completely new skin cover on second and third degree burns, and in over two decades he never had an infection. He saw only 2 cases of scarring, and they were minimal. He does not charge for his services.