Manuka Honey Heals Wounds

Manuka honey and healing Researchers from the United Kingdom’s West Cumberland Hospital have found that topically applied Manuka honey successfully treats wounds and helps them heal faster.

The researchers tested 17 patients with chronic or recurrent pilonidal sinus disease, a condition where wounds open up at the lower spine in a region called the pilonidal sinus. The disease is considered a congenital defect within the skin of the spinal region. The condition produces recurring cysts, and continual wounds form from the cysts.

The wounds are difficult to heal.

A dressing with Manuka honey was prepared and applied to the patients following surgery. A total of 15 of the 17 patients accomplished complete wound healing with the Manuka honey dressing. The average healing time was 49 days. Only two patients had a recurrence of the wounds within several months of the therapy.

The researchers concluded: “Manuka honey dressing therapy provides an effective topical treatment for chronic/recurrent pilonidal sinus disease.”

The study was published in November of 2011’s issue of the Journal Wound Care. The researchers noted that there was no funding from any outside source, and none of the research team had any conflicts of interest. (Realnatural also has no conflicts of interest with this topic.)

This study confirms a 2005 case study series done at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which found that Manuka honey used as a dressing increased the healing time of leg ulcerations. They concluded that, “the use of Manuka honey was associated with a positive wound-healing outcome in these eight cases.”

Manuka honey is produced by bees that collect pollen from the Manuka tree. The Manuka tree grows primarily in New Zealand and Australia. Manuka honey is known for its antimicrobial properties, as has been shown in laboratory research. Other evidence has illustrated that Manuka honey stimulates the immune system.

Written by Case Adams PhD


Thomas M, Hamdan M, Hailes S, Walker M. Manuka honey as an effective treatment for chronic pilonidal sinus wounds. J Wound Care. 2011 Nov;20(11):528, 530-3.

Gethin G, Cowman S. Case series of use of Manuka honey in leg ulceration. Int Wound J. 2005 Mar;2(1):10-5.

Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn ones health around. As I drove home that night, I realized I needed to get this knowledge out to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.”