Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, honey was used for its medicinal properties. During the World War II, it was utilized as an antibacterial agent for treating wounds. And now, after thousands of years, it continues to provide us with wondrous healing miracles.
The advent of antibiotic drugs and other medicines during the 20th century stole the limelight away from the medicinal value of honey. It was not only in these recent times that the glory of using honey for health purposes was slowly retrieved. It was through the efforts of Professor Molan, a New Zealand based researcher, that honey from the Manuka bush was discovered to contain antibacterial characteristics that are potentially better than any other honey sold in the market.
Honey has gained its antibacterial properties of hydrogen peroxide from the enzyme that bees add to the nectar. Prof. Molan was able to conduct a research on the efficacy of the Honey from Manuka Bush, a native plant in New Zealnd, in fighting bacteria. The degree of the Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties was then compared to a standard antiseptic. Results showed that the former had broader spectrum in fighting against bacteria than that of the latter.
As a matter of fact, there were evidences that illustrate its effectiveness against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureas (MSA) which was found to be as sensitive as Staphylococcus Aureas, the most sensitive bacteria to honey. If this will be proven correct, Manuka Honey could be the key to eradicating the occurrence of nosocomial infections all over the world. Aside from that, Manuka honey also has anti-inflammatory effects that are helpful for the timely healing of the wound.
The Mauka honey is basically used as a treatment to wounds and ulcers regardless of its cause. For example, wounds caused by radiation treatment of cancer patients were applied with honey dressings. The effects turned out satisfactorily excellent. Aside form that, Manuka honey can also be used as an anti-aging agent. It is effective in removing scars on the skin that are caused by aging or injury. It can also be used for treating acne and other skin diseases. The product can also be utilized in treating seasonal health conditions like flu, hay fever, sore throat and cold as well as swellings caused by injury, infection or disease.
Some doctors and patients have already witnessed the healing prowess of the Manuka honey and they are convinced that it is a viable and effective treatment. What’s more is that Manuka honey is available worldwide at a reasonable cost. But the best part is that, the Manuka honey being a natural herb carries no harmful side effects and so it is safe for use.