Honey as a topical treatment for acute and chronic wounds

Honey as a topical treatment for acute and chronic wounds | Cochrane | March 2015

I stumbled across this and found it interesting that science is gradually proving more “old wives’ tales” to be based on hard scientific facts.

Cochrane reviews are considered a gold standard in medicine, so I was surprised to see that even here they found real evidence for honey’s effectiveness.

Honey appears to heal partial thickness burns more quickly than conventional treatment (which included polyurethane film, paraffin gauze, saframycin-impregnated gauze, sterile linen and leaving the burns exposed) and infected post-operative wounds more quickly than antiseptics and gauze.

Beyond these comparisons, any evidence for differences in the effects of honey and comparators is of low or very low quality and does not form a robust basis for decision making.  

And another good use of honey::

Honey: An effective cough remedy? – Mayo Clinic

Answers from James M. Steckelberg, M.D.

Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. But honey alone may be an effective cough suppressant, too.

In fact, in the study, honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses. Since honey is low-cost and widely available, it might be worth a try.

And remember: Coughing isn’t all bad. It helps clear mucus from your airway. If you or your child is otherwise healthy, there’s usually no reason to suppress a cough.



2 thoughts on “Honey as a topical treatment for acute and chronic wounds

  1. Nursefun1952

    Wound care companies got on the honey bandwagon about 10 years ago. Sterile gauze is impregnated with honey and used on a variety of wound types. Medihoney is one product. I am a retired wound care nurse and we generally would choose the sterile dressings over the grocery store variety.

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    1. Zyp Czyk Post author

      Thank you so much for your input – this is even more interesting than I thought.

      It’s not the kind of topic I usually post about, but when I find these odd snippets I like to share them. And now I have real world verification – I love the Internet!



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