Friday, 23 September 2011

Medical uses of New Zealand honey

Medical researcher Professor Shaun Holt has announced what is believed to be the world's largest programme of research on the medical uses of honey.
Speaking at a meeting in Wellington yesterday, Professor Holt said that honey had huge potential to treat many medical conditions, but clinical trials were needed to prove that it worked. "We know that honey can heal wounds and kill just about any bug, so in theory it could be used to treat diseases ranging from eczema to skin infections to lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis". - scoop.co.nz
Manuka honey has a long history of medical use due to its antimicrobial properties, treating a wide range of skin and internal infections. Manuka honey is also a popular ingredient in natural cosmetics and moistirizers because of its moistire renention properties.
As reported Professor Holt will be using Kanuka honey for these trials, Kanuka is a close relative to the highly acclaimed Manuka species.

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