Honey has earned itself many accolades for promoting good health. The latest news about honey could leave a sweet taste in diabetics' mouth.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin have discovered that applying honey on diabetic ulcers could heal the infection and avoid what could otherwise lead to amputation of the infected foot.
A doctor at the University of Wisconsin introduced this unique therapy to about 6 diabetic patients. The therapy healed the infection and offset the final blow of amputation. Honey destroys bacteria due to its acidic nature.
The therapy was experimented on a 79-year-old diabetic patient who had a severe abscess that was not responding to any of the conventional treatments. When all treatment measures had failed, honey helped in healing the wound.
Following the success of this therapy, a controlled trial has been initiated to get more people to use the benefits of this therapy. The therapy involves applying a thick layer of honey on the wound after the dead skin and bacteria have been removed.
Honey therapy is already employed in New Zealand to treat bed sores and is well-known in Europe as an alternative form of medicine. The results of this trial will be published by 2008 or 2009.
A rare honor for honey, indeed!