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Archive for the 'Honey (incl Medihoney)' Category

No effect of honey on intestinal and hepatic CYP3A

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

It’s suggested that honey may stimulate the CYP3A enzyme, and this might alter the metabolism of drugs.

Researchers in Germany studied the effect of repeated honey administration on human CYP3A enzyme activity using the benzodiazepine drug midazolam (Versed). (more…)

Treating cough with honey

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Cough is a major cause of doctor visits among children and adults. It can impact quality of life, cause anxiety, and affect sleep for parents and their children.

Here’s a Cochrane review of the evidence supporting the use of honey to treat acute cough in children. (more…)

Medical honey for wound care

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Researchers from Germany and New Zealand have reviewed Medihoney — a medically certified honey licensed for professional wound care in Europe and Australia. (more…)

Apitherapy: Experience of German Beekeepers

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

 Apitherapy is the use of bee products such as honey to prevent or treat illness and promote healing.

Researchers at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany conducted a survey of beekeepers. (more…)

Honey to treat wounds

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

 In some cases, it might speed healing, according to this review from The Cochrane Library. (more…)

Maggots, and leeches, and honey, oh my!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

In this time of MRSA (methacillin-resistant Staph aureus) skin infections, Medscape reviews 3 CAM wound treatment options.

Here are the highlights. (more…)

Medical honey for wound care

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

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.


Benefits of honey on night cough and sleep quality in children

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Is it a good as dextromethorphan — the cough-suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines?

Researchers from the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University Hershey show that it is. (more…)

Exploring the value of antibacterial honey to treat resistant bacterial infections

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

? The media regularly reminds us of the dangers and difficulties in treating infections caused by microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics.

For example, the Washington Post reports that in 2005, MRSA (methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections killed nearly 19,000 people in the US, compared to 17,000 HIV/AIDS deaths. (more…)

CAM and the common cold

Monday, January 15th, 2007 has reviewed cold remedies that work and don’t.

Here’s a summary of useful CAM options.


How does honey kill bacteria?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

In a previous post, the use of honey to treat wounds was discussed. Here is a good review of the antibacterial effects of honey.


Medihoney and the return of the poultice

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Historically, a poultice was a soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance. It was usually heated, with the active ingredient spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body. The poultice has been used to reduce fever, treat rattlesnake bites, and any condition of the skin that requires direct application of medicine.

Now, the poultice is being used with honey, Medihoney to be precise, in the treatment of wounds.


The use of CAM among poor Central Americans

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Reported earlier on the site was a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 36% of Americans use CAM ? 62% if prayer is included.

Now, here is an estimate of the use of CAM in one Central American country.