Honey has been long used as a traditional medicine and natural anti-microbial dressing for infected wounds for several hundreds of years. The study carried out by Dr. Joseph Marsan and his team of University of Ottawa, aimed to analyze the role played by honey on the so-called “bio-films”, that are responsible for several chronic infections. Certain bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staph aureus shield themselves from anti-microbial activities by living in biofilms, which cannot be penetrated by even the most powerful anti-microbials.
The team discovered that honey was more effective in killing these bacteria, than the commonly used antibiotics.
Marsan said “Our study shows that certain kinds of honey, such as the Manuka honey from New Zealand and the Sidr honey from Yemen are effective on these bacterial biofilms, and is far superior to the most powerful anti-microbials used in medicine today.”
It has been found from the study that certain honeys play a major role in management of chronic infections that are otherwise extremely difficult to treat. The study, which was carried out in-vitro in the lab, is now planned to be applied on in-vivo on lab animals, and then on patients.
This Canadian finding is in-fact, a repeat research of what was published in last year’s Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, performed by a team at Penn State College of Medicine, wherein the group had discovered that honey works better than commercial cough medicine, as the “Dextromethorphan (DM)” found in honey eases child cough.
There is also sufficient evidence that honey works well when applied in wounds, smothering the bacteria growing in wounds. Taking all this into consideration, although, it is not surprising to note that honey which works well in all such cases would also prove effective in killing these bacteria.