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Honey Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised  

Honey has been approved by the FDA for healing wounds "Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved Manuka honey to be used in wound and burn care in the United States. Manuka wound dressings have already been used for several years in Great Britain, Australia, and its native New Zealand. Canada also cleared it for use as an antimicrobial dressing earlier this year." (1) "A household remedy millennia old is being reinstated: honey helps the treatment of some wounds better than the most modern antibiotics. For several years now medical experts from the University of Bonn have been clocking up largely positive experience with what is known as medihoney. Even chronic wounds infected with multi-resistant bacteria often healed within a few weeks... The fact that honey can help wounds to heal is something that was known to the Ancient Egyptians several thousand years ago. And in the last two world wars poultices with honey were used to assist the healing process in soldiers' wounds. However, the rise of the new antibiotics replaced this household remedy. 'In hospitals today we are faced with germs which are resistant to almost all the current anti-biotics,' Dr. Arne Simon explains. 'As a result, the medical use of honey is becoming attractive again for the treatment of wounds." (2)

Regina Bailey's Blog on "Due to recent concerns about antibiotic resistance, researchers are gaining renewed interest in the healing properties of honey. Honey not only helps wounds heal, but it also fights germs. Researchers state that honey can stop bacterial growth due to its "high sugar content, low moisture content, gluconic acid (which creates an acidic environment) and hydrogen peroxide." In studies, honey has been shown to speed up healing time, reduce inflammation, and even retard tumor growth." (3) "Doctors turning sweet on healing with honey (WebMD) -- Peter Molan, Ph.D., likes to tell the story of the 20-year-old wound. Infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, an abscess oozed in an English woman's armpit long after it had been drained. Nothing seemed to help, and the pain prevented her from working. Then in August of 1999, she read about the remarkable wound-healing properties of honey. She convinced doctors to apply some to the dressing to her arm, and a month later the wound healed. Now she's back at work." (4)

World Wide Wounds "Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria." (5)

ScienceDaily "(Jul. 27, 2006) — A household remedy millennia old is being reinstated: honey helps the treatment of some wounds better than the most modern antibiotics." (6)



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