The letters for B & W stands for Burn and Wound. My husband and I use and sell both B & W Ointment and Chickweed Ointment at our inn. In the September, 2010 issue of "Plain Interests," is published a comprehensive account of an Amish man who was critically burned, treated, and recovered by the B & W Ointment method and a hospital stay. "Plain Interests" is a newspaper publication enjoyed by the "Plain" people, as they refer to themselves, a people who dress in separatist garb of varying distinctions. The title of the article is titled, "Treating The Worst Case of Burns We Have Ever Seen." It's an incredible story of how this man's family and the Amish community fought to treat him with B & W Ointment and burdock leaves, and their struggles with the hospital and doctors. They appreciated the supportive interventions of the hospital and doctors; however, they wished to move him to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; a hospital that allows for the B & W method of treatment for burns. He was not granted a transfer to Louisville.
The patient was gravely ill, was on IVs, a breathing machine, had a feeding tube, was receiving antibiotics and other support. The doctors were asking for his wife to sign for skin grafts to both arms and legs. After a stalemate, the Amish and the hospital came to an agreement regarding the man's treatment. The hospital would do skin grafts on the right leg and arm and the Amish could treat the left leg and arm with the B& W Ointment, and that is how it was handled. The Amish man recovered. I won't go into detail. If you are able to get a copy of this newspaper, or if you wish to visit us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I would be happy to show you the article.
The article concludes stating that in the course of his treatment, "Around 70 gallons of B-W Ointment was used. Approximately 50 burdock leaves per day were used. We liked the bigger burdock leaves the best. Around $600 worth of gauze, B.V.D. pads, wraps, tape, bed pads, etc were used per week." They stated, "CVS Pharmacy has the softest 4 x 4 pads available for cleaning", and specified it is their stock #310421.
John Keim is the maker of B & W Ointment. Here is a very detailed article and report regarding the Amish experience and claims of this product.
In many communities, the Amish have practitioners who specialize in the supervision of the B &W Ointment method of healing. Almost every Amish home I know of has a container of B & W Ointment. I have seen tips of finger nearly amputated by a saw. They treat their wounds with the ointment and application of burdock leaves. They harvest burdock leaves in the summer or fall, dry them, and store until needed. The Burdock leaves draw out the pain.
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In the August, 2009 "Plain Interests" issue is a letter to the editor regarding B & W Ointment. It reads, "Our first experience of using the B & W ointment was when our son (16-year-old) came home from work one day with a cut above the knee, at least 4 inches across, resulting from a mishap with a chainsaw. So we soaked it out good, then I dressed it with the B & W ointment. After I finished dressing it, he left the house and I wondered if I did the right thing. Well, I hope so . . I never had any experience in dressing a burn or bad cut, and I had wished I knew more about it." The writer goes on to say that the some returned home with bloody legs and toes. He had taken his bike to the neighbors, got thrown off when he was going downhill, and got badly gravel burned and sustained a severe toe injury. Skipping over details, the father concludes, "I was just so amazed how fast it healed...."
The address for "Plain Interests" is 420 Weaver Rd., Millersburg, PA 17061. There are more Amish newspapers and magazines you might like to subscribe to. Click here for this link.
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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 29, 2015