Thursday, November 11, 2010
Honey - An Antiseptic
The International Journal of Clinical Practice reports that honey accelerates healing and prevents infection. Honey has many properties that inhibit bacterial growth: low moisture content, as honey glucose breaks down in air it forms the antiseptic agent hydrogen peroxide. The research suggests that honey might be particularly useful for an infected wound or one that will not close post-surgery. Honey even reduced amputation rates among diabetes patients suffering from open, infected sores.
Honey has been used to treat wounds for millenia but was avoided since the 1940s when antibiotics arrived. Because of antibiotic resistance fears today, natural remedies are more popular.