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Honey used as effective wound treatment

Article-Honey used as effective wound treatment

The use of honey as wound therapy dates back to ancient times and has continued into present-day folk medicine. In Ghana, it is used to treat infected leg ulcers, as well as a therapy for the topical treatment of measles in Mali. Medical journals report numerous benefits of using honey to dress wounds:

  • The viscosity of honey provides a protective barrier to prevent wounds from becoming infected.
  • Honey creates a moist healing environment that allows cells to re-grow across a healing wound flush with the surface of the wound, thus preventing deformity of the skin.
  • Honey causes scabs and dead cells to lift off the surface of the wound, leaving a clean, healthy wound bed in which re-growth of tissue can occur.
  • Honey stimulates the re-growth of tissue involved in the healing process.
  • Honey does not stick to underlying wound tissues.
  • Honey has an anti-inflammatory action, which reduces the swelling around a wound.
  • The high sugar content of honey draws lymph out of a wound, which lifts dirt out of the wound bed.
  • Honey prevents odor associated with serious wounds and skin ulcers.
  • Honey rapidly clears infection from wounds.

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