The History of Honey and Wound Healing

The use of honey as a wound treatment therapy is as old as recorded human history.

References and formulas for honey-based wound dressings can be found throughout the medical writings of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. Honey was used as a first line treatment until the mid-twentieth century when synthetic dressing materials and antiseptics grew in popularity at the expense of natural treatments.

Regulatory reforms of the 1970s established high standards for sterility, consistency, and quality control of medical products that created new challenges for natural products in the medical marketplace, and honey was largely forgotten as a wound treatment by modern clinicians – until very recently.

The following videos feature Dr Peter Molan, Professor of Biological Science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Molan has been a pioneer in this field, with over 30 years’ experience researching Manuka honey and its use in woundcare.

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