Monday, June 16, 2008

Honey Injections Used to Treat Pneumonia

Treatment of Severe Pneumonia by Intravenous Honey in a Patient with Malignant Bone Tumor

By Mamdouh Abdulrhman, Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt


Abstract: A 35-year-old male having osteosarcoma of the left shoulder region (grade III) developed high fever, respiratory distress and cough. He was generally ma rkedly ill and looked very toxic. The temperature was 39.5°C.

Chest examination revealed dullness, bronchial breathing and crepitations on the right side. Plain x-ray of the chest revealed semi homogenous opacity involving most of the right radiological lung zone. He was provisionally diagnosed as having pulmonary metastatic disease. He refused hospital admission for further investigations and management and sought an alternative treatment for this life-threatening condition.

Because of its anti-microbial, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties, honey was used for treatment of this case. Two forms of honey therapy were used: (1) Oral honey in a dose of 50 ml dissolved in water and given before meals three times daily, and (2) Intravenous injection of 5 ml 20% honey solution every two weeks (a total of 3 injections were given).

The patient showed marked improvement (both clinically and radiologically) after about 6 weeks.

After Honey Therapy

Before Honey Therapy

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