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About Manuka Honey
Active Manuka Honey is used as a natural product both internally and topically on the skin. Apitherapy, the name given to treatment with natural honey, has been used by many different cultures throughout history. Such uses are now being reconsidered by a modern world in light of new research into the properties and uses of Active Manuka Honey.
What is known as 'Active' Manuka Honey has enjoyed growing acceptance by the academic and medical world of late, and reporting of the honey's unique properties has proliferated in the world's press and media.
Bees gather pollen from the flowers of the Manuka Bush, which is indigenous to New Zealand. The honey making process is enriched by the pollution free environment of New Zealand, and certain types of Manuka Honey which are produced have been observed to have some very special properties indeed.
It is only thanks to academic research, predominantly in the last decade, that we are now able to explain many of the incredible observed effects that certain specially selected and tested honeys can have.
Honey has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks used it, and so have many other people through the ages. Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds. With the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey's medicinal qualities had taken a back seat. However, recent case studies have indicated that honey has been more effective in treating certain ailments, even more than antibiotics. In all honeys, there is hydrogen peroxide produced from an enzyme that bees add to the nectar. It has been discovered that a particular honey only found in the New Zealand region called Manuka Honey seems to have the most healing agents.
Active Manuka Honey
'Active Manuka Honey' has been considered a remedy for many health conditions since ancient times. Active Manuka Honey is unique to New Zealand and contains non-peroxide antibacterial agents which can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that cause slow healing wounds such as eczema and burns.
Dr Peter Molan, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Waikato, has proven the natural antibacterial properties of Active Manuka honey during a decade of research at the university's Honey Research Unit.
In laboratory tests UMF Active Manuka honey inhibited the growth of bacteria which causes many skin infections including Staphylococcus aureus and helicobacter pylori. Recent clinical trials at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, showed skin infections and wounds infected by "Golden staph" and other antibiotic resistant bacteria responded well to Active Manuka honey dressings.
The leading authority on medical research into UMF rated Manuka Honey is the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The director of the unit is Dr Peter Molan, who has devoted the majority of his career into understanding more fully the properties of the honey and its varied applications.
The Honey Research Unit has a very informative website which is essential reading for anyone interested in the applications of this incredibly diverse natural resource. http://bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/
IMPORTANT - Please note that we are very restricted over what we can say about honey's medical uses. Because Manuka Honey is a purely natural product, rather than a licensed medication, medical claims are prohibited. However, we are permitted to include links in our website to external third party sources of information on the benefits and research of honey's use.