How Manuka honey dressings work

Stage 1 - Hydroscopic mixture draws lymph from the wound bed

Stage 2 - The honey flows into the wound bed, removing slough and devitalized tissue

The low pH of honey (approximately 3.5) also promotes healing by maintaining a “sour” wound environment.  Low pH has been shown to increase the availability of oxygen from haemoglobin, decreasing the damaging effects of high protease activity, and creating a medium that is inhospitable to bacterial growth.

Manuka Health’s honey is a supersaturated solution of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose, and fructose), and approximately 17% water.  This mixture exerts a strong attraction for water and, when placed in a wound bed, draws fluid up from the underlying tissues.  This osmotic activity bathes the wound bed causing autolytic debridement - softening and lifting slough, eschar, and devitalized tissues from the wound.

The Manuka Health Wound Dressings are based on a proven hydrogel platform that combines glycerine in a highly absorbent gel matrix.  The dressing conforms to the wound bed to maintain a moist wound surface and absorbs large amounts of exudate without drying out the wound bed.

The high absorbency allows the dressing to be left in place for extended times, but will not stick to the wound bed – the result is less frequent dressing changes without risk of damage occurring to the wound bed.  The hydrogel sheet is backed with a vapour-permeable membrane that controls evaporative loss to maintain a moist wound environment without fluid build-up that can lead to maceration of the peri-wound area

The exceptional absorbency of the hydrogel matrix is ideally matched to the action of the medical grade manuka honey as it absorbs the excess lymph generated by the honey’s osmotic pull.