Manuka Honey Heals Wounds
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.