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.