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Honey and Silver Used to Treat Hard-to-Heal Wounds
 
According to a new report and "World Wound Care Markets 2008," new research is shining a light on some very familiar substances that have powerful medicinal properties -- including honey and silver.
 
Honey's positive effects on the healing process are myriad, from reducing inflammation, swelling and pain, to promoting the shedding of dead tissue and faster healing with minimal scarring. Honey is also an excellent antibacterial agent and is known for its ability to even kill MRSA, and unlike other antiseptics, it is not harmful to tissues.

What is behind honey's powerful therapeutic and antibacterial properties? The hydrogen peroxide it generates stimulates the growth of new cells and blood vessels. Antioxidants prevent the formation of free radicals, which lead to inflammation. Vitamins, amino acids and minerals are vital to new tissue growth, since damage to the underlying circulation limits nutrients from reaching the wound.
 
Honey is most commonly used as a topical antibacterial agent to treat infections in a wide range of wound types. These include:
A 91-year-old woman had a tiny leg sore that threatened to be her undoing. Nothing seemed to work to heal it. Worse yet, Farley had severe allergic reactions to some of the drugs. The wound kept getting bigger and more painful.
"You can smell it and it smells like honey," he said.  That's because it is honey - medical grade Manuka honey.  After 24-hours of being on the honey treatment, significant healing was already noticed.
Major wound care companies are also producing novel dressings that integrate the antimicrobial power of silver. Though they represent a fraction of wound care sales, honey and silver demonstrate the ingenuity of wound care makers.
 
How to use honey on wounds
All difficult to heal wounds should be seen by your doctor. The following are general tips on how honey may be used for wound care.
  • The amount of honey used depends on the amount of fluid exuding from the wound. Large amounts of exudate require substantial amounts of honey to be applied.
  • The frequency of dressing changes depends on how rapidly the honey is being diluted by the exudate. This should become less frequent as the honey starts to work on healing the wound.
  • Occlusive dressings help to prevent honey oozing out from the wound.
  • It is best to spread the honey on a dressing and apply this to the wound than apply the honey directly onto the wound. Dressing pads pre-impregnated with honey are commercially available and provide an effective and less messy alternative.
  • Abscesses, cavity or deep wounds need more honey to adequately penetrate deep into the wound tissues. The wound bed should be filled with honey before applying the honey dressing pad.
 
 
 
 
Web Source: DermNet NZ http://dermnetnz.org/treatments/honey.html, March 18, 2008
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
Mmmmm Honey, Pooh Bear had it right! BEE ware MRSA, Honey is HERE!  
 
Nature has it right again! I would look at utilizing honey that is from a RAW and pure source. This would not be your typical pasteurized variety as typically sold in the stores. 
 
Raw honey is abundant in enzymes that will further help to debride or remove dead tissue from the wound as well as provide nutrients for dividing cells.  Manuka honey from New Zealand is what has been studied here.
 
This article hardly mentioned the importance of topical silver water, which also has shown to have equally beneficial results.
 
Bee Well!
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