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

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By: Linda von Wartburg

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

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

According to the study review, honey's high sugar content, low moisture, acidicgluconic acid, and hydrogen peroxide reduce inflammation and swelling. It canapparently help prevent amputations in people with diabetes because itsterilizes infected wounds and speeds healing, especially when wounds havebecome 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 isimperative, though, that you consult with your doctor before slathering honey onany wound.

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

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