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It’s In The Honey

2 Feb

A new study published in Microbiology has uncovered evidence in favour of the clinical use of Manuka Honey in the treatment of chronic wounds.

Manuka Honey is derived from nectar that has been gathered by honey bees foraging in the Manuka tree, found in parts of Australia and New Zealand. It is already known to inhibit over 80 species of bacteria, and is used as an ingredient in many wound care products across the globe. However, its antimicrobial properties are not fully understood.

A normal skin bacterium called Streptococcus Pyogenes is often associated with chronic wounds. It clumps together with other wound bacterium to form ‘biofilms’ which are barriers that are resistant to drugs, and infection occurs. The study has shown that Manuka Honey not only breaks down these biofilms, but can even stop them from forming in the first place.

Dr Maddock’s lab technicians have also found that Manuka Honey is just as capable of killing other forms of wound associated bacterium such as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, and Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

This kind of research is a great stride forward in times where infections are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotic treatments.