Honey made from the nectar of manuka flowers has several properties that have led to its use in some first aid and medical treatments. This honey has a higher level of antibacterial properties than most other forms, helping it to help heal minor cuts and wounds faster and with less likelihood of infection. It is also used for cancer treatments, lowering cholesterol, fighting inflammation, diabetes treatments, minor infections, and some gastrointestinal concerns.
While honey is not a replacement for medical treatment, there are some forms of medical grade honey that are prepared with a dressing for use as needed. As a boost to the healing properties of the skin and a way to limit the growth of bacteria or infection it can be applied to minor wounds as needed. Unlike antibiotics, research so far has shown that it does not lead to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The scientific studies have not created proof that it is effective, but the risks involved with topical application are low for those who do not have allergies.
When using manuka honey as a treatment for other health concerns, particularly when ingesting it as part of a treatment, it is important to be certain there are no allergies, particularly allergies to bees. Also, make sure your blood sugar is normal, and consider any chemotherapy treatments as the honey may interact with these treatments and make them less effective. As an addition to the regular daily diet, this honey may assist with lowering cholesterol to acceptable levels, as well as help to bring balance to a diabetic diet. It can increase the necessary plant-based sugars without causing spikes that artificial sugars or added sugars do. Too much can cause a sugar level spike so intake should be monitored. It is suggested that this honey may also fight cancer cells and help lower the risk of developing cancer when consumed regularly, though no large scientific studies have been concluded on these claims.
In occurrences of ulcers, especially diabetic patients with leg ulcers, the honey may be applied directly to the ulcer. The antibiotic properties may help to clear out the infection while the other properties will encourage cell repair and growth for the skin surrounding the area.
Manuka honey is created in Australia where the manuka flowers are pollenated by the bees, and their nectar is gathered and turned into honey. Honey has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and treatments, and has been determined to have antibacterial properties. Manuka honey has been found to have higher levels of antibacterial fighting properties, and can help to improve skin healing while halting bacterial growth. This honey is used for fighting high cholesterol, diabetes, and in helping to reduce the risk of cancer.
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