6 year ago, by Andrea Rider in
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I've been through medical school and this somehow made me think skeptical about the power of naturist medicine. But the recommendation of treating peptic ulcers induced by Helicobacter pylori with Manuka honey just caught my attention and I decided to dig a little deeper, may someone becomes interested. I must say first that it is an organic product, that is collected only in New Zealand, so the price is a little bit bitter and higher than the usual honey, of course.
Properties of Manuka honey
What impressed me the most about this honey is that it has some interesting properties that gives it antibiotic properties, while it is not an antibiotic to which we are used. Instead, it uses the properties of non-peroxides to kill bacteria. On the website of the Waikato University
are posted some interesting documented facts about the extraordinary effects of this type of honey.
It seems that not every honey has this antibacterial properties, but only some of them — the honey collected from a special species of bushes. Also, if the honey is really collected from manuka bush flowers (Leptospermum scoparium
), than its antibacterial properties can't be lost in time like it happens with usual honey, which loses its peroxide groups and with them — the healing properties.
Benefits of Manuka honey
This type of honey can be used in various affections. Due to the fact that it can be both used internally (eaten) and externally (as an ointment or mask), Manuka honey receives a wide range of diseases it can improve. It was proved to be efficient against Eschericihia coli and Enterococci, it will help faster regeneration of wounds and is more efficient than other honeys against Helicobacter Pylori infection. The most common diseases where Manuka honey treatment is used are:
- peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter Pylori
- dressing for wounds, boils
- mask or ointment in bacterial infections of the skin
- sore and red throat
Purchasing Manuka honey
Before you buy Manuka honey, you have to know that not all the honey sold as "Active Manuka Honey", is actually active. Pay attention to the UMF indicator, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. Since the antibacterial effect is evident, but researchers couldn't understand completely what factor of this honey is responsible for the antibacterial effects, it was called UMF.
If you are decided to buy Manuka honey, than you have to know that the recommended UTF for external use is between 5 to 10, while for internal use, it could be from 10 to 16 or even more. As you will discover, prices for a 500g bottle of Manuka honey may vary between 20 and 40 dollars, but many say it really works.
Ask the supplier if the honey was produced and packed in New Zealand. If not, you have to be very precautious, because chances you're buying a simple honey made somewhere in China, are very big.
I hope one day I'll get the chance to try Manuka honey myself. After so many good words about it, it really made me curious too to find out what's all about and to see for myself if everything said is really true. If you tried Manuka honey already or intend to, or have any other story related to it, please add it in comments of this page.
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