An Investigation into the Therapeutic Properties of Honey by Dee A. Carter, Shona E. Blair, Julie Irish

By Dee A. Carter, Shona E. Blair, Julie Irish

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2007) Unusual activity of honey from the native Australian stingless bee, Trigona carbonaria. Joint Scientific Meeting of The Australian Society for Microbiology and New Zealand Society for Microbiology. Adelaide, Australia. Proffered paper. A. E. (2007) Honey prevents biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus. Joint Scientific Meeting of The Australian Society for Microbiology and New Zealand Society for Microbiology. Adelaide, Australia. Proffered poster. , Irish, J. A. (2006) The science supporting the medicinal use of honey.

However, it is clear that honey is under-utilised as a modern infection control agent, especially as we have now provided scientific data proving its significant activity against drug-resistant pathogens (including anaerobes and fungi), as well as an ability to inhibit formation of biofilms. Honey is non-toxic and is able to stimulate wound healing, in contrast to other topical anti-microbials. Honey also shows excellent potential as a prophylactic agent, particularly in the hospital setting where patients are often immuno-compromised and exposed to multi drug-resistant pathogens.

E. (2006) The use of honey in veterinary wound management. Control and Therapy Series, Postgraduate Foundation in Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney. E. (2005) Therapeutic honey. National Healthcare Journal Aug: 54-58. E. and Irish, J. (2005) Honey vs Superbugs. Australasian Beekeeper 107(2):79-83. A. E. (2009) Medical Honey - the latest research. Wound Care Symposium; Wound Care Association of NSW, Sydney, Australia. Invited speaker. A. E. (2007) Honey – the sweet solution for problem pathogens.

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