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Generic: honey
treats Burns, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Wound healing, Fournier's gangrene, Rhinoconjunctivitis, Leg ulcers, Radiation mucositis, Skin graft healing, Herpes, Plaque / gingivitis, Gastroenteritis, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, and Dermatitis
               



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Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Burns: Early evidence suggests that honey may reduce burn- healing time. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
Grade: C

Dermatitis (dandruff): The evidence supporting the use of honey in the treatment of dermatitis and dandruff is limited. Further investigation is needed to make a firm recommendation.
Grade: C

Diabetes mellitus type 2: Early evidence suggests that honey may help lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Additional study is warranted in this area.
Grade: C

Fournier's gangrene: Currently, there is insufficient available evidence for the use of honey in the treatment of Fournier's gangrene. Additional study is needed.
Grade: C

Gastroenteritis (infantile): Currently, there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of infantile gastroenteritis.
Grade: C

Herpes: Preliminary study found honey effective in treating labial but not genital herpes. More research is needed in this area to draw a firm conclusion.
Grade: C

Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol): In general, the evidence supporting the use of honey to treat high cholesterol is weak. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
Grade: C

Hypertension (high blood pressure): Currently, there is preliminary evidence that suggests benefit in the use of honey in the treatment of high blood pressure. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
Grade: C

Leg ulcers: Honey dressings have been used on leg ulcers with no apparent clinical benefit. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
Grade: C

Plaque / gingivitis: Currently there is limited study showing a small benefit in the use of honey in the treatment of gingival plaque and gingivitis. Further study is needed.
Grade: C

Radiation mucositis : Currently, there is insufficient available evidence to recommend for or against the use of honey for radiation mucositis.
Grade: C

Rhinoconjunctivitis : Currently there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of rhinoconjunctivitis. Early study suggests no benefit.
Grade: C

Skin graft healing (split thickness): Currently there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of split- thickness skin graft.
Grade: C

Wound healing: The primary studied use of honey is for wound management, particularly in promoting rapid wound healing, deodorizing, and debriding necrotic tissue. The types of wounds studied are varied; most are non- healing wounds such as chronic ulcers, postoperative wounds and burns. Although honey has apparent antibacterial effects, more human study is needed in this area.
Grade: C

               
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