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Honey used to treat some wounds

Posted November 25, 2010

— Sharonda McQueen, 27, walks slowly because of wounds on her lower legs.

“When I would hurt, it felt like I was putting my leg in a frying pan,” she said.

McQueen has pyoderma gangrenosum, an autoimmune disease which causes large ulcers which easily become infected.

“She also had a problem with her vascular supply and outflow, which made things worse,” said Dr. David Strom, an orthopaedic surgeon with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Strom prescribed hyperbaric therapy to increase oxygen in the blood to aid healing. Then, he also told McQueen about Medi-honey.

“I said, ‘Is that like the honey we eat?’” McQueen said.

“We believe, even in ancient Egypt, honey was used for medicinal purposes for wounds,” McQueen said. “They may never have had any great idea why it worked." Honey heals wounds Honey heals wounds

The honey product is imported from New Zealand and Australia from bees that produce honey that has a high concentration of an antimicrobial product, Strom said.

It's used either as a special honey ointment or as an absorbing patch, which also keeps the wound moist.

“So, I tried it and started seeing a lot of improvement,” McQueen said.

After two years of treating her wounds, McQueen said she is almost healed. The disease will be chronic problem, so she might be using honey for the rest of her life.

Although it is is imported and specially prepared for medical use, honey is less expensive compared to other medical treatments. It is covered by most insurance policies.


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  • scientistjo Nov 30, 2010

    To change things up once-in-awhile, you could try using some of that red honey from NY! (see other weird news stories)

  • swordmistress Nov 29, 2010

    I find the raw stuff works best of the local honey, though the NZ Honey is divine. It's frequently used with open wounds with animals as it helps keep bandages on wounds that can't be closed surgically and will not harm the animal if they lick it. It's great for all manner of issues around the mouth. We've found it will help heal wounds that seem to be taking forever to heal. Honey is naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, and I believe, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. They've even used the NZ honey to treat MRSA with good results.

    Plus it tastes good!

  • raines mom 2000 Nov 26, 2010

    Honey is also used to treat some burns, acne and aids in healing regular wounds.

  • TeresaBee Nov 26, 2010

    You can also use sugar.

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  • blackdog Nov 26, 2010

    Also known as Manuka Honey. About $20 a jar. It is excellent for treating eye infections and styes.