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

2009-09-06 |

How Effective Is The Use Of Honey And Sugar For Treating Wounds?

While sugar and honey have been used for ages in wound care, the necessary scientific testing to determine when to use sugar in wounds or when to use honey is still underway. Different types of honey from different locations in the world are being analyzed for their medicinal properties and compared against one another to determine the most effective types, the best concentration to apply and even the best frequency for changing dressings.

Conclusions

Though such remedies are ancient, their use in medicine requires the development of appropriate levels of scientific knowledge and supervision by the medical community. Just like any medication or treatment, the effectiveness and safety of these materials needs to be understood before it should be used by each of us. In the same way that you shouldn’t borrow some medications from someone with similar symptoms and “see how it goes” in taking them, neither should you buy some honey or sugar in the grocery store and start treating the nasty gash in your foot that you received while walking along the beach.

Related Links

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Category: General Health, Medical Research, Medical Treatment

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