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The Healing Power of Ants

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Using Solder ants to stitch a cut in a tradition in Africa

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Holding the edges of a cut together, a healer places a number of ants directly on the wound, instinctively the insects bites directly on the flesh and lock their jaws, sealing a cut like a suture.

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The healer then cuts off the thoraxes and tails of the ants. The jaws remain on the place for several days until the area is healed. Though the procedure is still being observed on the continent, it is slowly disappearing with the proliferation of hospitals and clinics.