This property of chestnut leaves has inspired new research, by Cassandra Quave, from the Emory University. She found very interesting the fact that rather than killing staph, this botanical extract of chestnut leaves works by taking away Staphylococcus aureus ability to create toxins, which are the reason for damaging the tissue.
According to the statistics in the USA, antibiotic-resistant bacteria annually cause at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in one year.
This new discovery about the effects of the chestnut leaf extract on Staphylococcus aureus virulence, holds a great promise in treating and preventing that type of infections, without driving the growing problem of drug-resistant pathogens.
Hundreds of interviews were done by Quave, especially in Italy, where Local people and healers told them how they would make a tea from the leaves of the chestnut tree. They, actually washed their skin with it to treat skin infections and inflammations.
The research team found in the leaves 94 different chemicals and discovered that the most effective against staph are Arsene and oleanane.
A study, conducted on mice, showed that it stops tissue damage and red blood cell damage. The activities of this extract were not lost, or have become resistant, even after two weeks of repeated exposure. Additional tests on human skin cells showed that this botanical extract does not harm the normal skin micro-flora or the skin cells.
For detailed information how this remedy works you can see in the video below:
If you are interested to prepare your own herbal tinctures, watch the video from MountainRoseHerbs: