Fascinating research, conducted a few years ago, on the antibiotic effects of honey –
Honey, used in tea or hot water for generations to soothe sore throats, could soon be substituted for antibiotics in fighting stubborn ear, nose and throat infections, says a new study. Medical scientists at Ottawa University, in Canada, found in tests that ordinary honey kills bacteria that cause sinus infections, and does it better in most cases than antibiotics.
Astonishingly effective “It’s astonishing,” researcher Joseph Marson said of bees’ unexplained ability to combine the nectar of flowers into a seemingly potent medicine. The preliminary tests were conducted in laboratory dishes, not in live patients, but included the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is highly resistant to antibiotics. The results of the study were presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, in Chicago.
In upcoming human trials, a “honey rinse” would be used to “flush out the goo from sinus cavities,” said Marson. The researchers have so far tested manuka honey from New Zealand, and sidr honey from Yemen. The two killed all floating bacteria in liquid, and 63 to 91 per cent of ‘biofilms’. Bacteria sometimes form a biofilm layer in sinus cavities, urinary tracts, catheters, and heart valves, protecting the micro-organisms from normal drug treatments and often leading to chronic infections.
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