Honey returns as possible wound healing agent.




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Besides it obvious culinary attributes, honey has come full circle in regard to other applications. In the past, honey was used as a remedy for a variety of skin conditions. As folk remedies usually go, honey too was left out of any medicinal or health discussions until the past few years. Research has found honey to be of benefit to endurance athletes as a preferred source of carbohydrates.1 According to the National Honey Board, “This research demonstrates that honey is a carbohydrate option for athletes based on its low glycemic index, positive metabolic response, and effective energy production. These results are great news for athletes or anyone looking for a natural, convenient energy boost. The taste of honey has broad appeal, and honey is readily available in a variety of forms and flavors.”

It turns out that honey has received attention for other health benefits that, once again, bring back the folk remedies of the past. A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology discusses a decade’s worth of research that has been conducted on honey as a healing agent. The focus of this body of research has been on honey as a treatment for wounds and burns. Apparently, honey not only keeps the wound moist, but also reduces infection and inflammation. The applications for the field of dermatology are impressive and seem to be expanding. The authors review these additional benefits by adding, “it increases the rate of healing by stimulation of angiogenesis, granulation, and epithelialization, making skin grafting unnecessary and giving excellent cosmetic results.”2


1. S Lancaster, RB Kreider, C Rasmussen, C Kerksick, M Greenwood, A Almada, CP Earnest. EFFECTS OF HONEY SUPPLEMENTATION ON GLUCOSE, INSULIN AND ENDURANCE CYCLING PERFORMANCE. FASEB Experimental Biology Meetings 2001.
2. Molan PC. Potential of honey in the treatment of wounds and burns. Am J Clin Dermatol 2001;2(1):13-9.