For over 400 years the wound healing power of Norwegian Spruce Resin has been harnessed by the inhabitants of Northern Finland. Now, scientists and clinicians working together have begun to understand the intricate mechanisms of action of this remarkable compound and have created a Class IIb Medical Device - Abilar® Resin Salve to bring this traditional medicine up to the exacting standards of 21st Century wound care.
The first medical publication of the use of coniferous resin in medical practice in Finland is from 1578. Swedish physician Benedictus Olai wrote about natural resin in treatment of old leg wounds in the first medical textbook of the Swedish kingdom as follows:
"...take wax and white spruce resin, both 2 pellets, rams tallow 2 pellets, ship pitch, and olive oil, both 6 pellets...keep in glass container. The wound has to be washed three times a day with sweet wine, and then spread with the above mentioned salve".
Traditionally the resin salve was prepared by boiling the resin with butter or animal fat. The resulting salve was used, and is still in use, as a home-made remedy for wounds, skin infections and abscesses.
However, modern day medicine requires strict quality methods plus an evidence base in order to comply with regulations so Abilar® Resin Salve has been developed, tested and proven to help in the management of infected and non-infected wounds caused by: