Manuka honey sounds like something you should be spreading on your toast but the medical profession is beginning to find some interesting uses of it in healing the sick. There are many uses of manuka honey that are being discovered but here are the 5 most common uses for Manuka honey within the medical profession.
1. Wound Treatment
The greatest amount of research and attention has been on Manuka honeys affect upon wounds and in the area of wound treatment. Manuka honey has received a lot of attention due to the fact that it has some antibacterial properties and helps with wounds, just like hydrogen peroxide does; and it also prevents outside bacteria from entering into the wound by creating a barrier over the area.
On top of this, Manuka honey has a positive nutrient effect for generating new tissues, since it contains amino acids, vitamins and trace elements, as well as easily assimilable sugars.
2. Leg Ulcers
The wound healing properties of Manuka honey make it useful for leg ulcers as well. It has been found that Manuka honey can help in leg ulcers; it also reduces the bad odour that comes from them.
It is perhaps not surprising that Manuka honey is also useful when it comes to burns – it can help destroy any existing infections and create a barrier against new infections, as well as promoting re-growth of tissue. On top of this, Manuka honey can also reduce scarring.
4. Gut Infections
Manuka honey has also been found to have a positive effect in fighting bacterial infections in the gut; since it is a totally natural product, very few people have allergic reactions to it. The main digestive uses of Manuka honey include help against diarrhoea, peptic ulcers, and acid reflux.
5. Coughs and Colds
The final most common use of Manuka honey is in the fight against coughs and colds as it helps your body with its antibacterial properties. Unfortunately Manuka honey has quite a distinctive taste that may not be to some people’s taste (though most of the people enjoy it).