Clinical observations on the wound healing properties of honey
Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1988 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
British Journal of Surgery
Volume 75, Issue 7, pages 679–681, July 1988
How to Cite
Efem, S. E. E. (1988), Clinical observations on the wound healing properties of honey. Br J Surg, 75: 679–681. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800750718
- Issue online: 8 DEC 2005
- Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JAN 1988
- Wound healing;
Fifty-nine patients with wounds and ulcers most of which (80 per cent) had failed to heal with conventional treatment were treated with unprocessed honey. Fifty-eight cases showed remarkable improvement following topical application of honey. One case, later diagnosed as Buruli ulcer, failed to respond. Wounds that were sterile at the outset, remained sterile until healed, while infected wounds and ulcer became sterile within 1 week of topical application of honey. Honey debrided wounds rapidly, replacing sloughs with granulation tissue. It also promoted rapid epithelialization, and absorption of oedema from around the ulcer margins.