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Equine Wound Healing Jumps Ahead

By Pamela Bolding

After nearly fifty years of conventionality, a change in equine wound healing is out of the chute, thanks to scientists Charles Worden and Dennis Hendren. They pooled their knowledge of human wound technology to benefit the horse. In spite of the fact that some are not yet open to this high-tech healing tool, these men charge forward because their shared goal is to make it readily available for horses.

This journey all started when Worden was working to find a way to stop leakage from blood vessels after human by-pass surgery. He found that blood vessels healed totally within 3-5 days using concentrated platelets (platelets are a component of whole blood). He filed this away in his mind. Later, he started working for a human wound technology company that was making a product from human platelets for diabetic humans. This is where he met Hendren.

Worden, the ever-active horseman, began to ‘kick’ around the idea of using this technology for equids. He and Hendren realized that horses and diabetic humans had a common characteristic - both have limited circulation in the legs. (In humans, it is the result of disease; in horses, it is by natural design.) This was the genesis of their company, BeluMedX.

Based on Nature's Healing

Their line of products uses plasma and other components of whole blood. Whole blood contains:

Plasma: the golden fluid or liquid portion of blood that has been anti-coagulated.
When you go to the Red Cross to donate blood, they collect it in a bag that has a small amount of liquid in it. That liquid is anti-coagulate. It keeps the blood from clotting inside the bag. They then fractionate that unit of blood - that is, remove all the cellular portions (i.e. red cells, white cells and platelets) - and the part left is plasma.

Platelets: The smallest of the cellular components of whole blood. The platelet is the cell responsible for blood clotting and tissue repair in our bodies. It has, inside its cell wall, proteins called alpha granules. These granules contain the growth factors responsible for tissue regeneration.

Proteins: The building blocks of life. They are the things that all life, as we know it, comes from. They are formed from the union of amino acids and chemicals, such as ammonia.    

Wound
The initial wound - Before.
Wound After
Eight weeks later, after using Eclipse™  Wound Wash and Eclipse™  Wound Healing Aid, without suturing. 

 

The whole blood used in their products is provided by a commercial herd of USDA-certified disease-free domestic blood-donor horses (just like when we donate blood to the Red Cross, or cats and dogs provide blood for veterinary use). The products work with the horse’s own body, naturally spurring a more rapid production of healthy tissue, without the problem of excessive scar tissue. Because there are no toxic materials in the treatment protocol, there are no changes in skin or hair color, and no burning or pain where applied. Within hours of the first treatment of the concentrated platelet-rich plasma solution, the wound becomes painless without the use of drugs. Undesirable inflammation and bleeding are diminished, and many different growth factors are stimulated. Lacerum® has the ability to cause new pathways of blood supply to be created. In as little as 48 hours, an entire area of new tissue and blood supply to that tissue can be established - tissue regeneration.

Healing Tools Past and Present
This surpasses the old methods of indirect wound healing by local irritation (which turns into inflammation when the wound gets older)  using sulfuric acid, copper sulfate, silver solutions, and other caustic materials to control excessive granulation tissue (proud flesh), which at the same time destroys the healthy tissue. Even cleaning the wound with povidone iodine or hydrogen peroxide destroys healthy tissue and beneficial microorganisms. Using their plasma wound wash or saline solution does not.

 Their products, or “healing tools” as Hendren more correctly calls them, consist of the frozen, equine platelet-rich plasma, called Lacerum® and frozen equine plasma called Rem X®. Rem X is a usable by-product after the platelets are concentrated and extracted. Rem X has all the immunoglobulins, or natural immunity, acquired by the donor horse over his lifetime. This is then used to help fight infections that might occur after your animal is wounded. Mainly veterinarians use these products for major wounds where bone and tendons are exposed.

Another product in their “tool box” is called Lacerum II®. Lacerum II® is a product with unique properties. It contains equine plasma set in an aloe vera gel base. This gel base acts both as a carrier and as a way to stabilize the plasma proteins. Aloe vera is a strong anti-oxidant, and with the vitamins C, A, and E, you now have a very potent formula for healing. This product is used after the wound has granulated up to skin level. It helps the epithelium (layer of cells) close over the wound.

BeluMed X also has a line of OTC products (available through their company’s online store, tack stores, feed stores, and other retail outlets).  These are sold under the Eclipse brand name. Their tissue friendly Wound Wash is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral solution that will not kill newly growing tissue cells. This product is taking the place of povidone iodine and hydrogen peroxide (both of which research has shown to be detrimental to wound healing). The Eclipse wound healing aid is very similar to the Lacerum II® product sold by vets, and is used for minor wounds and abrasions. (Again, the equine proteins in these products are processed from a USDA approved equine whole blood source that is certified disease free.) 

BeluMed X’s novel approach to wound healing reduces inflammation, results in less scarring, and faster healing. It consists of a protein wash solution for cleaning wounds prior to treatment, a topical wound-healing gel, and other aids. Their frozen, platelet-rich plasma solution, that is applied topically to promote healing, is available through veterinarians only. Some products are made from donor horse blood; some are made from the horse's own blood. The equine proteins in these products are processed from the USDA-approved equine whole blood source. Several anti-oxidants and a germ killing ingredient are added. With this approach, the ‘elastic’ nature of the cells is hydrated, but not overly so, resulting in less scarring. (Skin grows across, not up - this is why proud flesh has no hair on it.)  

Put to the Test

The first one to use their products was Hot Springs, Arkansas veterinarian, Dr. David Jolly. Dr. Jolly, who was a major doubter at first, noticed a difference in some serious wounds in as little as a few weeks. Jolly observed tissue was being regenerated. He also was amazed to see no infection. He began to search through the information on diabetics (that Worden and Hendren had) and saw even old wounds could be healed. He became aware using antibiotics on the cuts/wounds to promote healing was not the answer. “Reestablishing blood supply is the key,” Jolly said. He has over a hundred cases of healing recorded using the BeluMedX products.

“This is no smoke and mirrors; we have the science to back it up. It’s good science - it’s biology,” Worden says. They have an agreement with two large veterinary supply companies and “centers of influence”: universities and recognized experts who all have observed what these healing tools can do. They also receive many calls daily from horse owners for help.

They are now working on growing a new hoof in 56 days, whereas it generally takes 9 months to a year to get a hoof from coronet band to the ground. This holds hope for many hoof injuries, hoof sloughing, and founder cases.

I asked Charles Worden for the bottom line on their high tech wound healing, and he said, “We have found a way to take Mother Nature’s healing tools and put them into a tube.” Hoof Print

For more information:
BeluMedX
11524 N. Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72212
501-312-8400
866-312-8400
www.belumedx.com

 

About the author:
Pamela Bolding is a freelance writer and horse owner living in Searcy, Arkansas. She is involved in the natural horse movement with emphasis on the barefoot agenda. She also works on behalf of the wild horses/Mustangs and against horse slaughter. She can be reached at 501-368-0354 and angelhorse2000@msn.com.

 

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