Evaluation of effectiveness in a novel wound healing ointment-crocodile oil burn ointment

  • Hua-Liang Li
  • Yi-Tao Deng
  • Zi-Ran Zhang
  • Qi-Rui Fu
  • Ya-Hui Zheng
  • Xing-Mei Cao
  • Jing Nie
  • Li-Wen Fu
  • Li-Ping Chen
  • You-Xiong Xiong
  • Dong-Yan Shen
  • Qing-Xi Chen
Keywords: Crocodile oil burn ointment, Chinese herbal medicine, Burn healing, Hair follicles, Antinociceptive, Anti-inflammatory


Background: Crocodile oil and its products are used as ointments for burns and scalds in traditional medicines. A new ointment formulation - crocodile oil burn ointment (COBO) was developed to provide more efficient wound healing activity. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the burn healing efficacy of this new formulation by employing deep second-degree burns in a Wistar rat model. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of COBO were also studied to provide some evidences for its further use.

Materials and methods: The wound healing potential of this formulation was evaluated by employing a deep second-degree burn rat model and the efficiency was comparatively assessed against a reference ointment – (1% wt ⁄ wt) silver sulfadiazine (SSD). After 28 days, the animals were euthanized and the wounds were removed for transversal and longitudinal histological studies. Acetic acid-induced writhing in mice was used to evaluate the analgesic activity and its anti-inflammatory activity was observed in xylene -induced edema in mice.

Results: COBO enhanced the burn wound healing (20.5±1.3 d) as indicated by significant decrease in wound closure time compared with the burn control (25.0±2.16 d) (P<0.01). Hair follicles played an importance role in the physiological functions of the skin, and their growth in the wound could be revealed for the skin regeneration situation. Histological results showed that the hair follicles were well-distributed in the post-burn skin of COBO treatment group, and the amounts of total, active, primary and secondary hair follicles in post-burn 28-day skin of COBO treatment groups were more than those in burn control and SSD groups. On the other hand, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of COBO were much better than those of control group, while they were very close to those of moist exposed burn ointment (MEBO).

Conclusions: COBO accelerated wound closure, reduced inflammation, and had analgesic effects compared with SSD in deep second degree rat burn model. These findings suggest that COBO would be a potential therapy for treating human burns.

Keywords: Crocodile oil burn ointment; Chinese herbal medicine; Burn healing; Hair follicles; Antinociceptive; Anti-inflammatory


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