|November 20, 2012||
Chronic Wound Treatment With Topical Tea Tree Oil
Patricia Culliton, MA, LAc; Linda L. Halcón, PhD, MPH, RN
The following case study presents one patient’s experience with treatment of a chronic lower-extremity wound using a tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) mixture applied topically. JC is an 85-year-old man with a history of more than 70 years smoking cigarettes. Prior to 2006, he had no cardiology issues and no diabetes but did have a mild case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had osteoarthritis in both knees and had difficulty walking but enjoyed using his walking lawn mower, which provided some aerobic exercise. He mowed his own and several neighbors’ lawns, and this kept him active 2 to 3 hours per day during the summer months. During the winter, he lived in Arizona and golfed 3 days per week.