Hi from Dubai flower folk, Jim and his healing mole wounds here!
Congratulations to health blogger Borzack for guessing my alternative method of helping my wounds heal after the recent removal of a couple of moles on my back & face. Other regulars here homed in on the fact it was honey and guesses from olive oil, a poultice and flower bach remedies came in in part 1 of the post.
Rather than follow the Docs advice to use Fucidin antibiotic cream I opted for Manuka honey by Comvita. After attending a talk by word class specialist Dr. Ehab Hammouda at the 2nd Dubai burns week data was presented showing the miraculous way that Manuka honey can aid healing process and reduce scarring after surgery. How this works I’m not entirely clear but hopefully comments in this post will help educate me!
Some of the ‘before’ pictures shown in his compelling presentation were not for the feint hearted and certainly not recommended viewing after a big meal this stuff really did seem to play a part in wound care management. Inspired by the presentation I went against my skin Docs advice and opted for an alternative that he dismissed and urged me to ignore after surgery. Any ideas why?
Back in 2004 the BBC news featured Manuka as an alternative measure for wound & cancer care……….
Honey has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years – the Ancient Greeks used it, and so have many other peoples through the ages.
Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds.
But with the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey’s medicinal qualities have taken a back seat.
But that might be about to change – thanks to one New Zealand based researcher.
Working in his Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, in the central North Island, biochemist Professor Peter Molan has identified one particular type of honey with extraordinary healing qualities.
Professor Molan has shown that honey made from the flowers of the manuka bush, a native of New Zealand, has antibacterial properties over and above those of other honeys.
And on it GO’S:
Cancer specialist Dr Glenys Round has also found honey to be an effective treatment.
“We’ve been using honey to treat fungating wounds, where the cancer has broken through the skin,” she said.
“The results in that situation have been excellent.”
Most recently, she has had success in using honey dressings on patients with wounds or ulcers resulting from radiation therapy.
“Most of these patients in the past had tried various other conventional treatments without good success, and that is the reason why at least initially honey was tried.”
Most patients seem happy to try the honey treatment.
Six days after surgery my 7 stitch scar on my back has yet to itch or bleed thanks to my Manuka socked dressing (changed twice a day to keep the bees away) and the scar on my face is kept from forming as the moist healing environment gives the change for the skin to repair and rebuilding without having a scab to contend with.
So, Why don’t more Docs recommend this treatment? Would you use it instead of antibiotic creams AND do you think antibiotics could become a thing of the past?
Do tell, let’s get this honey post buzzing, flowers!