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    Honey kills antibiotic-resistant bugs

    Honey kills antibiotic-resistant bugs
    Chronic wounds could benefit from traditional medicine.
    19 November 2002

    Some companies are already making honey-impregnated bandages for treating wounds.
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    Honey could help to treat wounds that refuse to heal. Researchers seeking scientific support for honey's legendary medicinal properties have found that it stops bacteria from growing - even strains that are resistant to some antibiotics1.

    Records of people covering wounds in honey stretch back to ancient Egypt. Until recently it was believed that honey's syrupy consistency kept air out of wounds, and that its high sugar content slowed bacterial growth. The new evidence suggests that honey must also have other properties that kill bacteria.

    Compared with an artificial honey solution of the same thickness and sugar concentration, natural honey kills bacteria three times more effectively, Rose Cooper, a microbiologist at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and colleagues have shown. They are not sure what the active ingredients are.

    Some types of honey, when diluted, form hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria and can be used to clean wounds. But Cooper's team rules out the possibility that hydrogen peroxide is the only force at play.

    Both pasture honey, which generates hydrogen peroxide, and manuka honey, which does not, stop bacteria from growing in the lab, they demonstrate. They used strains of Staphlyococcus and Enterococcus that can withstand 'last resort' antibiotics, such as methicillin and vancomycin. The microbes were collected from wounds and hospital surfaces.

    Honey may be antimicrobial because of enzymes secreted by the bees that make it; alternatively, its activity could be due to its acidity or to chemicals from the original plant nectar, Cooper speculates. "It's a traditional remedy that has been overlooked," she says. "To reintroduce it, we must have evidence to support its antibacterial and healing properties."

    Andrea Nelson, a nurse researcher who has worked on chronic wound healing at the University of York, UK, agrees. To convince sceptical doctors, clinical trials must be carried out applying honey to patients' wounds, she says.

    Infected wounds cause pain, result in extra time in hospital, are costly to treat and can lead to complications and even death. Treating them has become a problem, as prolonged use of antibiotics can result in the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria.

    Clinical trials must be carried out
    Andrea Nelson
    University of York

    For this reason, other alternative remedies are also being explored, says Nelson. These include iodine, silver-based compounds and 'larval therapy', in which maggots are applied to the wound to eat away dead tissue and break down bacteria.

    While scientists continue to scratch their heads over honey's secrets, some companies are already making sterilized tubes of honey and honey-impregnated bandages for treating wounds.

    Cooper is careful to add a warning: "We're not suggesting that anyone should rush out and buy honey in supermarkets to treat wounds." The heat-processing of store-bought honey would probably eliminate any antibacterial properties, she says - anyone with a stubborn wound should seek professional treatment.

    Cooper, R. A., Molan, P. C. & Harding, K. G. The sensitivity to honey of Gram-positive cocci of clinical significance isolated from wounds. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 93, 857 - 863, (2002). |Article|

    © Nature News Service / Macmillan Magazines Ltd 2002

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    Just ordered manuka

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    Exclamation Here is answer I got from Nice Lady from manuka/ Everybody should be aware what kind,

    .........of honey they ordering from Manuka

    Hello Maksim

    I looked at your website carecure - what an interesting discussion about the use of honey for wounds. I also had a quick look at your e-bay site - e-bay is just amazing...

    I will ship the active manuka honey out tomorrow.

    For external wounds, I would recommend using the active manuka honey with the UMF rating of 17.7 - as the UMF 19.4 can be a little too strong for an external wound.

    When the higher rated honey is applied externally, it can burn and sting (I am aware that you may not feel the burning / stinging sensation on the wound), but it can also cause the wound to become red and a little inflamed.

    Therefore, for external wounds, we always recommend getting the less strong honey which is still plenty strong to take care of any type of wound, burn, ulcer, sore, scar etc.

    So with your approval, I would like to send you the UMF 17.7 for external wound care? The UMF 17.7 is not listed at our website, but we have it in stock.

    (The Active Manuka Honey with a UMF rating of 19.4 is excellent for internal uses such as acid reflux, heartburn, h. pylori eradication, gastritis, ibs etc)

    Anytime you have an active manuka honey with a UMF rating of 10+ you have a highly active honey. We know that after listening to our customers for the past 12 years, that the most therapeutic UMF range is between 16 and 19.

    Also at our website we explain in further detail about the UMF rating. We try to educate our customers and let them know that it is not necessarily more benefitial, the higher the UMF is, it all depends on what the honey is being used for.

    Here is the link re: the UMF rating:

    If you have not had a chance yet to read our very encouraging customer testimonies, here is the link:

    I think the active manuka honey will be very benefitial for your wounds.

    If you would like to contribute wound photos taken before, during and after healing, we are always interested in publishing people's story of wound healing online, so other people can learn from your experience.

    Is it o.k. with you to send you the UMF 17.7 tomorrow?

    Kind regards Elaine

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    None of this is proved however by standard medical research studies.

    Let the buyer beware!


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