We live in an era of microbes. They are present in every nook and corner of our environment. These microbes colonize on the skin, in the respiratory tract as well as in the stomach and intestine. Majority of bacteria live in harmony with each other without disturbing the health. However, there are few that may produce health issues. Antibiotics are conveniently used to kill these bacteria.But in the light of rise of antibiotic resistance bacteria, it has become difficult for the medical fraternity to ensure effective treatment. Patients are thus diverting their treatment options towards alternative medical techniques. Manuka honey has been an effective alternative treatment for H. pylori infection which is responsible for stomach ulcers. Its medicinal property is also beneficial for healing skin ulcers.
Manuka is a small bush that grows only in New Zealand. For centuries, natives of New Zealand have used Manuka plant for various medical conditions. The bees produce honey by pollinating Manuka bush. Manuka honey contains hydrogen peroxide. It is the most beneficial content that gives manuka honey its antibacterial quality.
Methylglyoxal (MG) is present in most types of honey. But in manuka honey its concentration is far more than other. MG has antibacterial qualities. It is the basic strength of manuka honey.
Stomach ulcers are caused by H. pylori bacteria. They eat away the protective lining of stomach. The acid then corrodes the stomach lining and gives rise to ulcers. Usually antibiotics are prescribed to the patients to kill these bacteria. According to research, H. pylori bacteria are five to ten times more sensitive to manuka honey than any other honey.
Manuka honey when applied externally over the skin ulcer enhances the healing process. It reduces the chance of secondary infection and reduces pain. It is also suitable for venous ulcers. Especially in case of antibiotic resistant staph bacteria, manuka honey reduces the chance of further complications. UMF (unique Manuka Factor) is a measurement scale to rate the quality of manuka honey. A level of 10 or more indicates significant antibacterial activity.
Now since you are aware of the properties and effect of manuka honey on ulcer, let us explore how to use it:
Benefits for Stomach Ulcers
- Take one teaspoon of honey before breakfast, meals and dinner. However, the person can adjust the amount and number of times that suits him.
- Spread the honey on toast, bread, so that it remains longer in the stomach.
- Use only UMF labeled manuka honey.
- You can also mix honey in a glass of warm water and drink it two to three times in a day, preferably on empty stomach.
Benefits for Skin Ulcer
- Clean the wound with warm water or with an antiseptic solution. Now apply honey generously on the wound surface. You can also apply it to the nearby inflamed and red skin.
- For an area of 5 cm ulcer, apply at least 1 tablespoon of manuka honey.
- Apply a dressing pad on the ulcer. You can also apply honey first over the dressing pad and place it over the ulcerated area.
- For varicose ulcers, pressure bandage is applied over the dressing.
- While applying manuka honey, take care to apply it with clean and sterile spatula. Use sterile dressing.
Other Benefits of Manuka Honey
- Manuka honey is used to reduce cholesterol.
- Since manuka honey has significant anti inflammatory activity, it is used in many inflammatory processes occurring in the body.
- It has significant activity in sinusitis.
- Besides treating stomach ulcers, manuka honey is also effective in treating other GI tract problems.
- It is also found to be effective in treating gingivitis and other periodontal disease.