The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Medical honey for wound care

    The evidence confirms its antibacterial properties and additional beneficial effects of medical honey on wound healing, according to this article published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    What is it?

    • Leptospermum is a genus of about 80 species of plants in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, which is marketed as Medihoney.

    How does it work?

    • It’s hygroscopic, meaning it draws moisture out of the environment and dehydrates bacteria.
    • In addition, it has anti-inflammatory effects.
    • More on its action is summarized here.

    How it is applied to wounds?

    • Medical honey dressings (or poultice) should keep the honey in contact with the wound for at least 12 hours — preferably 24 hours.
    • In stable wounds, the Medihoney dressing has been left in place up to 7 days.


    • About 5% of patients report stinging pain after administration.
    • Local hypersensitivity reactions are less common.
    • No systemic reactions have been reported.

    The bottom line?
    It might be a treatment option for MRSA (methacillin-resistant Staph aureus) skin infections. The article discusses other uses as well.

    The author’s concluded, “The current evidence … should encourage other wound care professionals to use CE-certified honey dressings with standardized antibacterial activity, such as Medihoney products, as an alternative treatment approach in wounds of different natures.”

    1/11/08 19:36 JR

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