The Healing Power of Manuka Honey
August 21, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsThe healing powers of honey have been well known since Pythagoras’ time. Now, some scientists believe that one particular kind called Manuka Honey has antibacterial properties that can be used to treat a variety of different health conditions and symptoms. The level of awareness is increasing and Manuka Honey is gaining popularity within the medical community.
Manuka Honey is now being used to treat conditions such as eczema, wounds, arthritis, Athletes foot, ringworm, psoriasis, poison ivy, etc. "Our products seem to work when others fail," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International, manufacturer of health care products containing Manuka Honey as a healing agent. "We at Honeymark believe that Manuka Honey will soon be a household name."
Manuka Honey is made by bees that collect pollen from the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is indigenous to New Zealand. Manuka Honey has natural antibacterial properties and, when applied to the skin, has been found by some studies to effectively treat wounds and ulcers that have failed to respond to standard medicine, particularly those that are antibiotic resistant.
Manuka Honey's healing powers are so strong that its antibacterial component has been given its own classification which has become known as "the unique manuka factor" (UMF). Strengths range from UMF5, which is believed to be equivalent to a 5% solution of a standard antiseptic, to UMF20 (or higher), which is equivalent to a 20% solution of antiseptic.
Manuka Honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing but has been found in clinical trials to reduce inflammation and scarring. Its healing properties appear to be due to the presence of the enzyme glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic, and its high sugar concentration which inhibits bacterial growth. Manuka Honey is also known to have natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties
Manuka Honey wound dressings and creams are now being used in NHS hospitals and has been extremely effective in combating MRSA known as the antibiotic-resistant “superbug”. “In the past year, Manuka Honey has become accepted into conventional medicine,” says Frank Buonanotte. It's just a matter of time that more medical products will contain this highly effective ingredient that has no reported negative side effects."
To purchase health care products containing Manuka Honey, go to www.HoneymarkProducts.com or call 866-427-7329 to order by phone.