Researchers in Manchester, England are treating mouth and throat cancer patients with honey, seeing if it will reduce their chances of contracting bacterial infections, especially ones that are resistant to antibiotics. Honey has been shown to have an antimicrobial effect against many bacteria and fungi.
A 1992 study also found that honey sped up the healing of wounds caused by Caesarean sections. Another study found that honey cured the intractable wounds of 59 patients.
A bounty of medical studies have found that honey can help heal ulcers, as well as offering relief from diarrhea, insomnia, sunburn, and sore throats.
This ancient remedy has recently been rediscovered by conventional medicine, especially when modern therapeutic agents fail.
Interesting that as medical technology races to find the next "cure" that may kill you anyway, a growing amount of research is taking the more natural road less traveled -- and finding impressive results, not unlike a bandage made from shrimp shells that promotes clotting.
Along those same lines, researchers in the UK are testing the effect of a particular kind of honey on mouth and throat cancer patients to promote healing and limit their risk of contracting bacterial infections resistant to antibiotics. Other bee products, incidentally, have also been shown to help combat everything from dental plaque to Lyme disease.
The specific kind of honey British researchers are using, produced by bees who feed on Manuka bushes, is believed to have special anti-infection and anti-inflammatory properties. If you're considering using honey to treat a condition, it should be raw honey, and even though it is one of the safest sweeteners to use, it still needs to be used in moderation, especially if you struggle with signs of insulin excess.
On Vital Votes, Mary from Cabool, Missouri agrees:
And Char from Plainfield, Illinois shares the following anecdotal evidence: