Over the past few years, manuka honey (tea tree) has gained a reputation as a superfood that can cope with colds, allergies, and infections of various kinds, heal wounds and improve skin and hair condition. It sounds like a fairy tale, is not it? But in this, as in many other cases concerning miracle products, one should only believe in scientific facts, and not in marketing tricks. We tell what manuka honey really is and why everything is not as beautiful with it as it seems at first glance.Medical history of honeyLet's start with the fact that honey was generally...
From Abstract: Following the discovery of synergistic action between oxacillin and manuka honey against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, this study was undertaken to search for further synergistic combinations of antibiotics and honey that might have potential in treating wounds.
Honey has been used since ancient times and more recently, for the healing of wounds and against infectious diseases. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of two manuka honeys showing different potencies of their antibacterial activity, on potentially pathogenic oral bacteria.
Professor Thomas Henle and colleagues at The Technical University of Dresden publish the research results upon identifying the substance formerly known as the “unique manuka factor” primarily responsible for the non-peroxide activity of manuka honey.