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Can honey heal?
Hippocrates, the most important doctor of antiquity and father of naturopathy, described the healing properties of honey 2400 years ago. Today, more and more scientists are dealing with ingredients that come from nature's toolbox and are researching their effects. So it happens that modern medicine increasingly uses natural products that have long been known in empirical medicine. This also applies to honey, which has been used by mankind for thousands of years not only as food but also as a remedy.
Honey is a natural product made by bees and consists of 75-80% sugars. Like salt, sugar is an ancient preservative. Think of jamming, candying fruits or salting, which has been used since the Neolithic Age as a method for preserving z. B. fish or meat is known. In high concentrations, sugar has a hygroscopic effect. H. it extracts moisture from the environment and binds it. This makes it more difficult to colonize and multiply microorganisms on food.
Honey in naturopathy
The honey owes the bees that it is not a “deaf nut”, ie not a pure sugar product. They process sweet plant juices or sugar-containing excretion products from various insects into a unique cocktail of active ingredients that, in addition to sugar substances - predominantly a mixture of fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (glucose) - also water, small amounts of iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and Contains carotene and minerals, various bioactive substances, antioxidants and enzymes.
Honey owes its reputation as a panacea to the father of naturopathy. Hippocrates recommended the bee product internally and externally for many ailments. He also wrote that sword-cut wounds from Greek warriors were less susceptible to infection and healed better when smeared with honey.
Especially enzymes and acids
... are medically effective in honey, even if they are comparatively vanishingly small in their sugar and water content. The acids not only contribute to the smell and taste of the varieties. They stimulate appetite and digestion and inhibit the growth of germs. The naturally contained salicylic acid in honey - the active ingredient of aspirin - has an analgesic and antipyretic effect. Honey also contains acetylcholine, a hormone-like substance that acts as an important neurotransmitter in our organism, e.g. in the transmission of nerve impulses to the heart muscle. In addition, acetylcholine appears to be essential as a messenger for cognitive processes as well as for learning.
The germicidal effect of honey
... is based on a mix of various antibacterial inhibitors. The so-called inhibins play an active role in preventing and reducing inflammation. They are therefore also good for the immune system. Some honeys contain other special active ingredients that are beneficial to health. Numerous recent studies confirm that the New Zealand Manuka honey with its active ingredient MGO (methylglyoxal) is many times more antibacterial than other types of honey.
Manuka honey - like a natural antibiotic
Bees extract New Zealand Manuka honey from the flower nectar of the Manuka bush. Maori, the natives of New Zealand, traditionally use the leaves, bark and honey of the Manuka bush as a remedy. Scientists at the TU Dresden discovered the cause of the enormous antibiotic effect in 2006. They found that “active” Manuka honey has an extremely high content of methylglyoxal (MGO) - an active ingredient with a strong antibacterial effect. No wonder that Manuka honey is now even being used against antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus - the dreaded hospital germ MRSA.
The higher the MGO content on the package, the greater the effect. Since MGO is heat stable, Manuka honey is also suitable for hot dishes and drinks.
Manuka honey strengthens the immune system
Especially in the wet and cold season, we need a strong immune system. Used regularly, Manuka honey can support the body's defenses. For colds, coughing, hoarseness and inflammatory diseases in the mouth and throat, it is recommended to take Manuka honey syrup. The recipes with plant extracts specially made for children or adults alleviate symptoms without side effects, are soothing and breathless.
Antibacterial studies of Manuka honey
Aled E. L. Roberts, Sarah E. Maddocks, Rose A. Cooper: Manuka honey is bactericidal against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and results in differential expression of oprF and algD (Microbiology 158: 3005-3013, December 01, 2012)
Lin SM, Molan PC, Cursons RT .: The controlled in vitro susceptibility of gastrointestinal pathogens to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey (Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Apr; 30 (4): 569-74)
Cokcetin NN, Pappalardo M, Campbell LT, Brooks P, Carter DA, Blair SE, Harry EJ ,: The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels (PLoS One. 2016 Dec 28; 11 (12): e0167780)
Rabie E, Serem JC, Oberholzer HM, Gaspar AR, Best MJ: How methylglyoxal kills bacteria: An ultrastructural study (Ultrastruct Pathol. 2016; 40 (2): 107-11) (pm)