Manuka honey is a uniquely potent natural substance with the ability to combat many strains of modern superbugs and dramatically improve healing times for long-term wounds. Manuka honey is able to achieve such amazing results in wound care via a number of factors in its unique chemical composition. Find out below exactly how Manuka honey has the power to heal even the most chronic of wounds.

Powerfully anti-microbial

Manuka honey stands out from the crowd of 100’s of other honey types because its power to combat many strains of modern superbugs is not diminished by time or dilution. In fact it’s most effective when diluted and studies have shown that as little as 3% by volume can kill many types of antibiotic resistant bacteria and microbes, including the so called superbugs, MRSA and C.DIFF, often found in healthcare establishments today.

Studies by Allen et al. (1991) have shown that this potency is unique to Manuka honey, as all other honey types tested demonstrated a rapid fading of efficacy in the presence of catalase, an enzyme present in wound fluid, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide, the main active antibacterial component produced when honey is diluted.

Promotes healing

Many anti-microbial wound care products attack bacteria, whereas Manuka honey is unique in the fact that it promotes healing as well. Manuka honey’s effect on the venous system greatly improves wound healing prognosis. It stimulates multiplication of vascular endothelial cells, increasing the blood supply’s oxygen delivery potential. The healing outcomes, even for long term non-healing wounds, are dramatically improved.

Lowers pH

Leptospermum Scorparium honey is characteristically acidic with a low pH between 3.4–5.5. Bacterial colonization or wound infection are often accompanied by pH values of 7.3+ in wound exudates. The acidity of Manuka honey is low enough to be inhibitory to several bacterial pathogens and it has been demonstrated that acidification of wounds speeds healing and reduces the surface area of a wound.

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Moist wound environment

Contrary to popular belief, in order for a wound to heal the area needs to be moist. Manuka honey can provide the catalyst and the controls to stimulate and maintain a moist wound environment conducive to healing. This occurs via the osmotic effect of the Manuka honey which also allows exudate to be managed. Having a moist wound environment assists the healing process whilst minimising harmful bacteria and infection.

Malodour Management

Wound malodour, which causes distress, severe discomfort and social isolation to patients, may be reduced through honey’s bactericidal effects on the anaerobic bacteria causing the wound odour. The Manuka also releases a mildly sweet scent in the wound.

Autolytic debriding action

Manuka honey contains high levels of sugar (approx. 87%) which causes osmotic activity helping to promote autolytic debridement of necrotic tissue. The osmotic action draws lymph fluid from subcutaneous tissue to the wound surface, removing debris and slough. Following debridement of the wound, honey promotes the formation of granulation and epithelial tissue, encouraging the creation of collagen and angiogenesis.


Manuka honey hastens the healing of wounds through its anti-inflammatory effects. The high levels of antioxidants in Manuka honey are what gives it this ability helping to reduce oedema and exudate.

August 31st, 2016|