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
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: 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.
Early evidence suggests that honey may reduce burn- healing time. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
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.
Currently, there is insufficient available evidence for the use of honey in the treatment of Fournier's gangrene. Additional study is needed.
Currently, there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of infantile gastroenteritis.
Preliminary study found honey effective in treating labial but not genital herpes. More research is needed in this area to draw a firm conclusion.
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.
Honey dressings have been used on leg ulcers with no apparent clinical benefit. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
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.
Radiation mucositis :
Currently, there is insufficient available evidence to recommend for or against the use of honey for radiation mucositis.
Currently there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of rhinoconjunctivitis. Early study suggests no benefit.
Skin graft healing (split thickness):
Currently there is insufficient human evidence to recommend honey for the treatment of split- thickness skin graft.
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.