Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lick your wounds

I heard yesterday on Living on Earth that histatin, an ingredient in human saliva, contains healing properties.

In experiments conducted by scientists in the Netherlands, wounds treated with saliva healed faster than wounds not so treated.

I find it very satisfying when observed behavior like a dog licking its wounds ends up having a scientifically provable beneficial basis.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I heard a story about a guy with a massive leg wound...his dog licked and licked it until he was able to get treatment, which was a long time because he was lost or something, about a week or so...anyway the dogs licking saved his leg! Gross but true