How Honey Can Help Wounds Heal Better

“And your Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (men’s) habitations….. there comes from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for mankind. Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought’.
(Translation of Quran 16:68-69)

Fifteen percent of diabetes sufferers develop ulcers, usually because of impaired sensation in their feet.

Every 30 seconds, someone in the world has their foot amputated as the result of a diabetic foot ulcer. In 2001, almost $11 billion was spent treating diabetic ulcers and amputations in the United States.

Researchers are currently conducting the first randomized, double-blind controlled trial investigating the use of honey for diabetic ulcers. Many experts believe that treating wounds with honey could offer tremendous benefits to the approximately 200 million diabetics worldwide.

Diabetics often have decreased ability to fight infection because of poor circulation, so diabetic ulcers treated with antibiotics can become colonized with drug-resistant organisms. But honey fights bacteria in numerous ways.

Honey’s combination of acidic pH, low water content (which dehydrates bacteria), and the hydrogen peroxide secreted by its naturally-occurring enzymes make it effectively immune to resistance.

Science Blog May 3, 2007

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