Monday, 26 September 2011

Manuka honey and Kanuka honey

At the meeting held at the NZ Parliament's Beehive building, initial results were presented showing that medical-grade kanuka honey from the Bay of Plenty could be a useful treatment for acne and molluscum contagiosum. In the acne study, 82% reported an improvement within a week and 77% had a reduction in the number of acne lesions. Professor Holt said that he was not surprised by these results given that honey kills the bacteria which cause acne. He said that compared to popular acne treatments that contained bleach, honey was natural, safer, healed the wounds caused by acne spots, was likely to reduce scarring and moisturized the skin as opposed to drying it out. "The leading acne treatment sells around US$2 billion a year - we think that honey is a far superior treatment and plan to demonstrate this in a large independent clinical trial". The honey is applied as a facemask for 20-30 minutes twice a day, and washes off easily with warm water. -
For many years Manuka honey has been used in cream formulas for the treatment of Acne and it now appears that the related Kanuka honey can provide the same benefits for treating Acne and other bacterial and fungal skin infections.
The huge popularity of Manuka honey and the limited supply has led  to substantial increases in price over recent years especially for the higher grades of certified UMF activity. If Kanuka honey is able to demonstrate the same levels of antimicrobial activity as Manuka honey, it will also be in great demand for medical applications.

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