Ask Your Doctor: Is Honey Wound Salve Right For You?

| Oct 31, 2007

The use of honey as a healing salve was recently the subject of a review of eighteen studies covering over sixty years. According to the study author, Dr. Fasal Raul Khan, honey was the bee's knees for wound healing throughout ancient history - it was even found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, still edible after all those years.

The efficacy of honey in wound healing was the topic of research in the early 20th century, but it lost popularity when antibiotics were introduced in 1940. Now it's regaining ground, partially due to concerns about antibiotic resistance.

According to the study review, honey's high sugar content, low moisture, acidic gluconic acid, and hydrogen peroxide reduce inflammation and swelling. It can apparently help prevent amputations in people with diabetes because it sterilizes infected wounds and speeds healing, especially when wounds have become infected or fail to close.

According to the studies, honey should be reapplied from hourly to twice daily. Wounds so treated may become sterile within three to ten days. It is imperative, though, that you consult with your doctor before slathering honey on any wound.

Sources: EurekAlert; International Journal of Clinical Practice, September 2007

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Wound Care

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Posted by mgordon on 4 November 2007

Yes, raw honey works well on wounds before it becomes too serious. It is a natural antiseptic. I had a allergic reaction to vitamin E which made dark burn marks on my neck. After applying raw honey to my neck for three days the marks faded and the skin healed.

Posted by ricklude on 5 November 2007

I would have guessed that, the sugar content of honey would prove to be a food source for bacteria but, reading this VERY short article has me thinking twice about it.

It does make a good common sense case but, I shall wait for the science wizards to proclaim it's safe to use.

I hope this publication follows up on the article.

Posted by Anonymous on 19 November 2007


Posted by Anonymous on 27 May 2008

best result for diabetes if consumsi with honey, becouse honey not like a sugar (glukose) but (fruktose) so not need insulin for metabolish. so i'ts good for diabetes biside honey have more full nutritions for make your cell and tisue reborn.

Posted by Anonymous on 20 September 2008

honey is a great disinfectingm salve especially for burns. I used it on a 2nd degree bur with great results. Raw unfiltered honey is good but use with moderation if you are diabetic. Although its better than sugar with it's molecular makeup its still a sweetener and 1 tbs had 16 grams sugar and caution should be used. No more than a tablespoon per day. Avoid other sweets, too, if you are using honey.

Posted by Anonymous on 22 September 2008

being TYPE I patient i am using honey regularly, it reduces swallowing on body, specially on feet, i am using one or two teaspoon only when my Blood sugar is low(or i make it low to use it), i found it safe, even it help in healing cuts and wounds

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