Honey – A Miracle Wound Healer
With standard techniques exhausted for a diabetic patient who had ulcers covering his foot, Dr. Jennifer Eddy, a physician and professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, turned to honey.
Long-forgotten, honey was a wound treatment used by physicians in ancient Egypt and Sumeria, prescribed by healers in India and China, and praised by Hippocrates and Galen.
Dr. Eddy prescribed a thick application of ordinary honey to be smeared on gauze and placed on the patient’s wounds. Within two weeks there was marked improvement and within six to twelve months the ulcers completely healed.
“I’ve used honey in a dozen ulcer cases since then,” said Eddy. “I’ve yet to have one that didn’t improve.”
Physicians like Dr. Eddy have not only found that honey rapidly clears infections from wounds, but it also actually promotes healing. They’ve also found that honey rarely produces adverse side effects and is far more cost effective than traditional medicines use dto treat both minor and serious wounds.
Why is honey such a miracle wound healer? Laboratory and clinical research offer the following reasons:
* Bacteria cannot live in the presence of honey. The osmotic pressure (pressure that sucks a solvent through a membrane of a cell into a denser solution) that honey naturally exerts removes water molecules from bacteria, making them shrivel up and die.
* Honey placed on a wound creates a physical barrier through which bacteria cannot pass.
* When honey is diluted with water, the glucose oxidase it contains become active and produces hydrogen peroxide, a powerful anti-bacterial agent.
* The sticky texture of honey prevents dried blood from adhering to the bandage. Dressings can be removed from the wound without hurting new skin cells.
* Adverse side effects of honey-based would dressings are extremely rare.
Dr. Peter Molan, the director of the Honey Research Unit, has assembled a database of literally hundreds of clinical finds on how honey can be used to treat the following wound conditions: Abrasions, amputations, abscesses, bed sores, burst abdominal wounds, cancrum oris, cervical ulcers, chilblaims, cracked nipples, cuts, diabetic ulcers, fistula, foot ulcers in lepers, infected wounds, large septic wounds, leg ulcers, malignant ulcers, sickle cell-related ulcers, skin ulcers, surgical wounds, tropical ulcers, wounds to the abdominal wall and perineu, varicose ulcers.
Honey and Emergency First Aid
Because honey’s strong antibacterial ability quickly renders even heavily infected wounds sterile without the use of antibiotics, honey is a perfect first-aid dressing.
Adapted from The Honey Prescription, by Nathaniel Altman (Healing Arts Press, 2010).