Honey has been used to heal injuries for centuries. As Concern has increased over the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms, scientists have started to re-examine a number of the famous time-proven remedies for wound care.
When applied to burn, honey is known to soothe the discomfort associated with burns and to help burns heal more faster. Honey has also been helpful for improving healing, reduce recovery time, reduce scar formation and many more.
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Honey was shown to stimulate human monocytes (a type of white blood cell which is responsible for phagocytosis of foreign compounds ) to make inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are secreted by immune cells in response to pathogens and indicate immune cells to raise their response to pathogens.
Honey is also a potent antibacterial agent for many reasons: Honey has a high sugar content,a low moisture content, generates an acidic environment and comprises hydrogen peroxide
Utilizing honey on diabetic ulcers
Although few studies have been conducted specifically on using honey in the management of diabetic ulcers, the available ones are favorable to using honey.
Honey has been reported as being more powerful than conventional treatment in more than 100 case reports for therapy for chronic wounds.
In one particular study, honey was effective when several other treatments had failed in a diabetic foot ulcer colonized with Pseudomonas, vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The wound has been reported to have healed slowly, and It was theorized that the way in which honey is processed may have removed some of its beneficial components, including some of its antibacterial ability.