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Manuka honey 'has wound-healing qualities'


Scientists have suggested that manuka honey could have a benefit in the treatment of stubborn wounds.

Researchers from Cardiff University said that the “miracle” honey can tackle the bacteria that makes some wounds difficult to heal.

Past studies have already linked the substance to offering benefits for those suffering MRSA and other such infections as well as in the dressing of wounds.

However, study leader Dr Sarah Maddocks warned people that it is the medical version of the honey to which the research refers. She said that streptococcus pyogenes can get in the way of the healing process for wounds, but added that evidence showed manuka both fought and protected against this.

Dr Maddocks said: “We have grown these biofilms in the laboratory and found the manuka honey kills off some of the bacteria but we’ve also found that it can inhibit the growth of these biofilms.”

The study showed that the majority of bacteria within biofilms was killed by a two-hour manuka treatment.

The findings were published in the Society for General Microbiology’s journal Microbiology.


Readers' comments (3)

  • using honey to heal wounds is nothing new

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  • My husband has had a very bad bout of cellulitus for the very first time. He was admitted to hospital for 8 days for introvenous anti biotics, discharged for two days then re admitted to hospital when the health centre thought his case too severe for their treatment. A further 4 days of inrovenous anti biotics and now on oral anti biotics. The wound is very large covering his left leg from knee to ankle. The dressings are changed daily due to excessive 'weeping'. The wound is slowly drying, the skin is a terrbile mess and the healing process will take a long time. Would a manuka dressing be beneficial in this case?

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  • Anonymous | 7-May-2012 10:15 am

    in answer to your question, every individual responds differently to treatment. It is worth looking at the results and recommendations of this latest study cited above and other studies and providing no damaging side effects have been reported discussing it with his treating physician.

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