Published on January 6, 2011
At the Wound Healing Centre, Honey has always been an integral part of our wound care success.
Honey has had a valued place in traditional medicine for centuries and has been used for reducing any potential of clinical infection and for accelerating wound healing. Honey has been used since ancient times and Egyptians used honey as a wound treatment as early as 3000 BC. It has also been found in Egyptian tombs and appeared to still be in good condition with normal colour, even though it was 3000 years old. The lack of deterioration, explains a great deal about the potential of honey to destroy the bacteria that would normally cause its deterioration.
Most honeys are produced from one plant, such as Manuka honey. Others may be from as many as 26 different floral sources and the difference between floral sources in the antibacterial activity is believed to be highly significant. The Manuka (or tea tree) is a small tree or shrub native to New Zealand and the southeast of Australia. It is found right throughout New Zealand and Australia. The Manuka plant has an antibacterial effect and it is thought to increase the antibacterial content of the honey and that is why we have such incredible wound healing results in the Wound Healing Centre. Also the Manuka Tea Tree has been known by the Maori for centuries for its healing properties and this healing potential and this may be another reason why the healing results in the Wound Healing Centre is so high.
The Wound Healing Centre has several types of dressings with Manuka Honey incorporated and will use this as a dressing of choice with nearly all mucky wounds.