Honey was initially used in medical applications because of their antibacterial properties. Nevertheless, it was replaced by antibiotics and other traditional forms of medicine in the 1940s and 1950s. Due to recent studies, it is now an increasing interest in honey as a topical antibacterial agent in the treatment of infected wounds, burns, eczema, zoster and other bacterial and fungal infections. The antibacterial properties of honey are due to high levels of sugar, pH, osmotic pressure and the hydrogen peroxide content. Honey is different in its antibacterial activity not only due to hydrogen peroxide, but also due to herbal components such as methylglyoxal and some experts called the Unique Manuka Factor or UMF.
Wounds in laboratory tests are cured faster than dressings containing Manuka Honey than with standard types of honey. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is also very susceptible to the antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey, making it a valuable resource for the treatment of MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Research also shows that Manuka Honey inhibits enzymes called cysteine proteases, that are involved in muscle wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy, viral replication, tumor invasion and metastasis.
“Manuka Honey is the best thing that happened to the medical industry for decades, says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International, that is a manufacturer of products for skin care products containing Active Manuka Honey as a healing agent. At a time when consumers were losing faith in pharmaceuticals and gaining faith in natural alternatives, Manuka Honey is getting its well-deserved recognition.
Research shows that Manuka honey inhibits enzymes called cysteine proteases that are involved in the muscle wasting disorders such as muscular dystrophy, viral replication, tumor invasion and metastasis.