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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 6 (2009), Issue 2, Pages 165-173
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem175
Commentary

Medical Honey for Wound Care—Still the ‘Latest Resort’?

1Children's Hospital Medical Centre, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2Institute for Bee Research, Celle, Germany
3Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
4Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Children's Hospital Medical Centre, University of Bonn, Adenauerallee 119, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Received 19 July 2007; Accepted 5 November 2007

Copyright © 2009 Arne Simon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

While the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used honey for wound care, and a broad spectrum of wounds are treated all over the world with natural unprocessed honeys from different sources, Medihoney™ has been one of the first medically certified honeys licensed as a medical product for professional wound care in Europe and Australia. Our experience with medical honey in wound care refers only to this product. In this review, we put our clinical experience into a broader perspective to comment on the use of medical honey in wound care. More prospective randomized studies on a wider range of types of wounds are needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of medical honey in wound care. Nonetheless, the current evidence confirming the antibacterial properties and additional beneficial effects of medical honey on wound healing should encourage other wound care professionals to use CE-certified honey dressings with standardized antibacterial activity, such as Medihoney™ products, as an alternative treatment approach in wounds of different natures.