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Research Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 136 - 140

Use of Honey as a Medicinal Product in Wound Dressing (Human and Animal Studies): A Review

Alireza Lotfi    

Abstract: Use of honey as a medicinal product dates back to 2000 years ago and ever since, it`s been utilized in dressing wounds and healing burns.The honey produced by diverse herbal sources contains various antibacterial substances that lead to increase of antibacterial activity of the natural honey. It has a high Osmolarity and takes the lymph into the wound and causes the tissues of the wound surface to use the nutrients of the lymph. Having pH = 3.6-3.7, honey provides an acid environment for a faster wound healing and moreover, bacteria are not able to grow in PH of honey. In order to prevent the growth of yeasts, the honey being used should be thick and should contain at most 17% of water. Honey stimulates the production of lymphocytes and intensifies the body`s reaction against microorganisms. One of the antibacterial elements of honey is hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide surface of honey varies based on the kind of honey and the nectar being used in its production. Today, due to its accessibility, antibacterial abilities, high Osmolarity, capability of aromatizing and vast use in traditional medicine, a special attention is devoted to the use of honey in wound dressing and burn healing in modern medicine and veterinary medicine.

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