* Why do people suck a sore finger and dogs lick their wounds? Not only does this make the “owie” feel better, but also factors in saliva cleanse wounds, kill bacteria and promote the repair of the injured tissues. Although it is easy to understand how saliva is essential for healthy teeth and gums (just ask your dentist,) saliva’s healing properties extend well beyond the mouth. They help reduce the severity of stomach ulcers, sustain liver function and, surprisingly, contribute to the maintenance of a healthy reproductive tract. Moreover, some factors in saliva regulate immune system function, and it is these substances that Salpep is developing into anti-inflammatory agents.
Wonders of Saliva
* Why do animals lick their wounds? It is a long-time fascination with that question and others like it, which revolve around the diverse qualities and characteristics of saliva, that continues to drive research activities.
* Jesus proceeded to miraculously cure the blind man by making clay to apply to his eyes-“he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes”
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* Scientists have found that a multi-purpose protein, found in several body fluids, including saliva. It can promote the healing of skin wounds better than any Band-Aid. The protein could be helpful in the healing of diabetic ulcers, bedsores and venous ulcers, which usually don’t heal due to inflammation and bacterial infection. Preliminary studies led scientists to believe that SLPI would be helpful in the healing process leading to further investigation. According to scientists, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
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* Saliva, science has revealed, is much more than water. It is packed with proteins that help control the teeming hordes of microbes in our mouths. It is stuffed with substances that make our spit stringy, stop our teeth from dissolving and help heal wounds.
* Dogs , and many other animals, have a protein in their saliva called SLPI which has been shown to protect wounded tissue and speed up healing. SLPI is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and scientists are currently trying to isolate it and use it as a treatment for healing leg ulcers and bedsores in humans.