Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Honey Can Protect Wounds from ‘Superbugs’ MRSA and VRE

Medical World Buzzing Over Sweet Solution for Bugs
Scoop Independent News (New Zealand), 10/29/2007

A local home-grown US FDA approved product can protect wounds from superbugs such as MRSA and VRE.

Recent studies indicate that Manuka honey may succeed where advanced drugs have failed.

Two studies have shown Comvita’s Medihoney® to be a powerful tool in clearing wounds infected with multi-drug resistant bacteria including VRE and MRSA.

“The findings of the present study add to the body of evidence and clearly show that honey has a valuable therapeutic role to play in wound care, often where modern approaches have failed,” said researchers Narelle George and Keith Cutting…

How honey heals

* Has naturally occurring antibacterial properties – from hydrogen peroxide
* Acidity pH 3.8 – 4.3 to help correct the pH of chronic wounds
* Low water content helps clean wounds by drawing fluid away from the wound bed
* Creates moist healing conditions
* Helps reduce odour of chronic wounds
* Helps reduce pain sometimes associated with dressing changes
* Does not foster bacterial resistance or have toxic effects with long-term use
* Medical grade honeys are filtered, gamma irradiated and produced under strict conditions.

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