As you already know, antibiotics are over-prescribed and have been for many years. For instance, physicians typically use antibiotics to treat hospitalized patients who suffer from acute viral respiratory tract infections, even though antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
For years now, healthcare experts have been warning of a possible medical catastrophe from an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, thanks to antibiotic over-prescription.
Fortunately, researchers at the University of Technology in Sydney have recently shown that medical-grade Manuka honey - also known as Medihoney - improves the effectiveness of antibiotics by suppressing the formation of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
The Australian study used Medihoney in combination with the antibiotic rifampicin to treat skin and chronic wound infections. Normally, if the superbug multidrug resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA or golden staph) is treated with just rifampicin, it becomes resistant very quickly.
However, when Medihoney and rifampicin were used in combination to treat MRSA, the emergence of rifampicin-resistant MRSA was suppressed - although the study researchers are not yet sure how or why this happens.
Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple disease conditions, but it wasn't until the late 19th century that honey was shown to possess natural antibacterial qualities.
Manuka honey - honey made by bees from the flower of the Manuka plant found in New Zealand - is known to have powerful healing properties. Also known as tea tree, oil extracted from this plant is antibacterial and antifungal and has been used in products like mouth washes and disinfectants.
Dark in color with an intense flavor thanks to its tea tree roots, Manuka honey can be used just like regular honey as a sweetener. It combines the powers of tea tree with the natural antibacterial properties of honey. It is known to have potent broad-spectrum antibacterial activity in treating infected chronic wounds and serious skin infections.
Besides its use in wound care, Manuka honey has been found to be effective in treating stomach ulcers, gastritis and other digestive problems. It has also been used to treat conditions such as sore throats, colds, dermatitis, acne, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, acid reflux and heartburn.