Manuka honey is the name given to the special type of honey collected on Manuka bush native to New Zealand. Owing to its strong antimicrobial as well as antibacterial properties, Manuka honey can be used to treat a number of diseases. Such health benefits are not found on any other type of honey.
Therapeutic Benefits Of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is a well-known for its antibacterial properties. This is because the natural acidity in honey does not offer the congenial environment for survival of pathogenic bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide that preserves the honey has antibacterial effects.
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Also, honey is in fact a sugar solution that dries up water present in cells of bacteria compelling them to dehydrate and thus prevents their multiplication process. Since the bacteria cannot multiply, the infection does not spread further to surrounding tissues.
The principal use of Manuka honey is for dressing wounds because it reduces swelling, removes damaged tissues from wounds, fights infection and hence accelerates the healing process. Manuka honey is effective against pathogenic bacteria strains such as E.coli, salmonella typhimurium, staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes. Besides, Manuka honey is effective against MRSA-infected wounds.
As we all know, kids often suffer from diarrhea and honey can help a great deal in keeping frequent diarrhea at bay. Studies suggest that diarrhea-affected children who were fed Manuka honey solution on a daily basis recover much faster than the ones who are just given ORS. This is because of the strong antibacterial properties of honey.
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Manuka honey significantly heals bleeding of gums and reduces plaque formation. This is a combined effect of the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is established as an effective killer of isolates of the organism–helicobacter pylori that causes stomach ulcers as well as gastric. However, it is to be noted that only Manuka honey can kill helicobacter pylori and other varieties of honey fail to do so.
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Dairy animals such as goats, sheep and cows are affected with Mastitis that renders them sick and makes their milk unusable. Every year the dairy industry suffers huge losses when the dairy animals suffer from mastitis.
Also, the expenses born by the dairy industry for treatment of the affected animals are too huge. But recent studies at New Zealand’s Waikato University establish that if Manuka honey solution is injected into the udder of the suffering animals, then they would take lesser than usual time to recover and the overall treatment would also cost less.
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The university team has tested the effect of Manuka honey on 7 chief strains of the bacteria causing mastitis. Once they perform the test on the dairy animals it can be declared and used as commercial treatment for mastitis.
In addition, Manuka honey is believed to be helpful for acid reflux, cold, flu, sore throat, heartburn, peptic ulcers, eye infection, throat infection and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Also, Manuka honey protects the gastrointestinal system.
When used topically, Manuka honey can cure burns, sores on foot, acne, athlete’s foot, insect bites, arthritic inflammation, boils, sunburn, diabetic wounds, cracked lips, yeast infections, rashes, herpes, ringworm, skin irritations and eczema.
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