Since ancient times, Honey has been used to treat wounds, burns, sores and boils. In 2007, Mānuka Honey was approved by the US FDA as an option for wound treatment. Mānuka Honey offers antibacterial and antioxidant properties, all while maintaining a moist wound environment and protective barrier, which prevents microbial infections in the wound or on broken skin. Multiple studies have shown that Mānuka Honey can enhance wound healing, amplify the regeneration of tissue and even decrease pain in patients suffering from burns.
With the move towards evidence-based practice, clinicians and customers considering using honey will want to know what evidence there is to support it. There are now several brands and types of honey wound-care products available as registered medical devices, but there is little promotional advertising of honey products for wound care. The misconception that there is no evidence to support the use of honey seems to be quite common and may be partly due to this lack of advertising.
For example, one two-week study investigated the effects of applying a Mānuka Honey dressing on 40 people with non-healing wounds. The results showed that 88% of the wounds decreased in size. Moreover, it helped create an acidic wound environment, which favours wound healing.
What’s more, Mānuka honey may help heal diabetic ulcers. A Saudi Arabian study found that Mānuka Honey wound dressings, when used in combination with conventional wound treatment, healed diabetic ulcers more effectively than conventional treatment alone. Additionally, a Greek study showed that Mānuka Honey wound dressings reduced healing time and disinfected wounds in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Another study observed the effectiveness of manuka honey in healing eyelid wounds after surgery. They found all eyelid wounds healed well, regardless of whether the incisions were treated with Mānuka Honey or vaseline. However, patients reported that scarring treated with Mānuka Honey was less stiff and significantly less painful, compared to scarring treated with vaseline.
Lastly, Mānuka Honey is effective at treating wound infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Hence, the regular topical application of Mānuka honey on wounds and infections may help prevent MRSA. Mānuka honey has a direct soothing action and stimulates natural repair and healing when applied topically, speeding the healing process and helping to prevent scarring. It is besides that a wonderful natural skin care and beautifying ingredient. It hydrates the skin to protect against dryness. It softens and soothes the skin and is great for rough skin or after environmental exposure from the sun, wind or cold.
Acne is usually caused by hormonal changes, but it can also be a reaction to poor diet, stress or bacteria growth in clogged pores.The antimicrobial activity of Mānuka honey, when used in combination with a low-pH product, is often marketed to fight acne. Mānuka honey could help keep your skin free of bacteria, which could help with the acne healing process. Also, given its anti-inflammatory properties, Mānuka honey is said to decrease inflammation associated with acne. One study investigated the effects of Kanuka honey, which has antibacterial properties similar to those of Mānuka honey. It found that Kanuka honey was as effective as antibacterial soap at improving acne.
Quoted from an article released by Prof. Peter Molan BSc, PhD in Biological Sciences: Honey may be considered by some customers or even professional clinicians to be an “alternative medicine” or a “complementary medicine”, and its reputation as a cure-all in the health food market may well cause clinicians to not give it due consideration for use in wound care. But honey is no more “alternative” or “complementary” than tulle gras, sutures, elasticated compression bandages and silver which, like honey, were commonly used in wound care about a century ago. Like silver did, honey went out of common usage when antibiotics came into use in the early 1940s, and like silver it is coming back into use now that the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is becoming widespread. The clinical and scientific evidence from modern research outlined in this review should make it clear that, at least in its use in wound care, honey should be considered alongside modern pharmaceutical products with regard to its effectiveness and therapeutic actions.
Source to the research article on the website of the University of Waikato can be found here. (https://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/handle/10289/6095)