Sweet to Eat and to Treat: Healing Wounds With Sugar And Honey

2009-09-06 | |
Last updated: 2009-09-06

For our ancient relatives, injuries were more than likely the biggest challenge to sustained health, followed by various types of infections. Heart disease, cancers and conditions resulting from lifestyle choices had far less effect on people whose life expectancy was usually far shorter than those of us living today.

Since those ancient times, when people hurt themselves or one another and were left with an open wound, there were always those who wanted to help the body in recovering. In many cases, help often came in the form of common ingredients such as herbs or some types of food products applied to the wound. In some situations, the use of heat and cauterization of the wound was attempted.

With ingredients such as a parsley, butter and beer mixtures, that seem more like some type of food marinade, success was at best infrequent. Indeed, with a few exceptions learned over the millennia, many of these techniques were not highly successful. The use of such treatments usually either slowed the rate of healing or directly contributed to the worsening of infection. Without the benefit of modern antibiotics, the results could often be serious injury or death.

Which Ancient Ingredients Are Beneficial For Treating Wounds?

Two important materials of a sweet nature that were discovered during our long history and have shown a measurable success in wound treatment have been sugar and honey. Sugar has been used in various countries around the world for centuries. Honey was used by the ancient Egyptians explicitly for wound care and the Roman soldier’s personal first aid kit always contained it. As is clearly the case, the ingredients are by no means new, but the resurgence in their use has only come from renewed interest in studying the successes of ancient medical techniques.

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