Honey throughout the ages
It was the number one wound treatment for centuries.
Perhaps the oldest known medicine, Aristotle (384-322 BC) said, "It’s good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds" while Dioscorides (50 AD) referred to it as "Good for all rotten and hollow ulcers".
Despite its longstanding reputation, the practice of using honey to treat wounds in hospitals ceased with the discovery of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the 1940s.
Manuka honey - Honey back on hospital shelves
...But the tides have turned.
Antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria or superbugs are on the increase and the much relied on penicillins including methicillin, amoxicillin, oxacillin and other widely used antibiotics are becoming less effective at treating infection. This is causing alarm and concern in hospitals around the world.
But almost miraculously manuka honey is able to defeat MRSA, staph infections, dermatitis and much more, while aiding in the healing of wound and burns.
According to professor Peter C Molan (MBE) BSc (Hons) Wales. PhD Liv. from New Zealand's University of Waikato, "It works on bacteria, fungi, protozoa. We haven't found anything it doesn't work on among infectious organisms."
Thanks to Peter's research, manuka honey is being used in hospitals around the world to combat a wide array of infections that were considered all but untreatable.
What is manuka honey?
Manuka honey is a form of monofloral honey that’s created by honey bees as they gather nectar from the flowers of the manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium).
Why Manuka honey?
It should be noted that some honeys are no more antibacterial than sugar.
The antibacterial properties of manuka honey, however, is more than 100 times stronger than what’s found in ordinary table honey. 10+ or better active manuka honey can be diluted more than 100 times but still halts the growth of bacteria.
Ratings have been introduced to determine the therapeutic potency of manuka honey.
The higher the rating, the higher its therapeutic properties.
For more information on the latest developments regarding the bio activity testing of manuka honey visit Active Manuka Honey.