How This Father Saved His Diabetic Foot By Using Raw Honey?
A recent post on The Nerdy Farm Wife blog chronicled the use of raw honey on a diabetic foot ulcer. Those with diabetes, type one or type two, often rack up costs upwards of a thousand dollars due to these ulcers. For those wondering if there is anything they can do after all the traditional medical procedures have been tried, the facts are simple.Raw honey is known for antibiotic factors. The general rule is the darker the honey, the better the antibiotic properties. Of course, Medihoney is available in more developed countries. The only difference between the Medihoney and honey that is sold in the stores for everyday cooking is that Medihoney is purified with ultraviolet light instead of heat.
However, Medihoney has been known to cause pain when applied to burns. Honey with a more acidic pH is better to help stimulate the healing of the wound.The treatment mentioned in the blog post and on OBGYN News has a specific rhythm to it. The wound is first cleaned (the blog post mentions using disposable alcohol wipes). This helps to keep the wound from further developing any infections. The honey is then added to the wound either by spreading it on the wound with a cotton tip or by placing it on the gauze. The gauze is then put over the wound and the honey is left to do its magic.Other tips from the blog post include making sure the wound stays extremely clean and letting the wound air for about an hour between bandages. Another tip is to get the doctor’s okay before trying any home remedy, no matter how promising it may seem.
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The OBGYN article notes that after the honey was used, the ulcers did not return. The same reaction was seen with The Nerdy Farm Wife. Be careful what kind of honey is used, however. Manuka honey (a particularly expensive type) is disputed to be great for wounds, but can sometimes make it worse, especially on a diabetic wound. There is a particular chemical, Methylglyoxal, that reacts badly with a diabetic wound. See the Hindawi article for more information on this interesting reaction.