The Mystery of Manuka Honey

Almost a different topic for a change. I say ‘almost’ because Manuka Honey seems to have curative properties which defy ‘science’. Note that I am  not a devotee of ‘alternative medicine’.

So here is the story.

My wife has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for some 40 years. She is very fortunate that the type of MS that she suffers from is the gradual kind, and not the ‘acute’ kind. If she had the ‘acute’ kind, then she would have been long dead.

MS is a very strange ‘disease’. I use that word in its simple sense – ‘dis-ease’, equals ‘don’t feel very well’, and not the sense that it was used before the medical profession turned every physical disability, whatever it may be, into a ‘disease’. MS is a ‘condition’, just as baldness is a condition. Has anyone noticed the ‘disease’ of baldness which seems to affect loads and loads of males, but very few women? What does the WHO have to say about the ‘disease’ of baldness? Nothing, of course.

It is hard to know precisely when the MS is causing difficulties or if old age is causing the problems, or some other unidentified ’cause and effect’. What we sometimes fail to see, as a result of the rise of epidemiology, is that every change MUST have cause and effect. Nothing at all which happens in this universe is chance. Everything is ’cause and effect’. It is true that, generally speaking, the incidence of ’cause and effect’ may be very random and may occur ‘by chance’, but that use of the word ‘chance’ is not the same as chaos.

So B’s problems are unpredictable but are not chaotic. Cause and Effect are real.

So we arrive at my point.

B has a wound on the upper surface of the skin of her leg half way between her knee and her ankle. That wound has existed for about two years or more. It scabs over but when the scab comes off, the tissue beneath it is still raw. It scabs over again, and the result repeats.

She also has two pressure sores on her bum. They are not quite ‘on her bum’, but near enough. One is where the coccyx is and the other is where the pelvic bone is on the left side is, looked at from behind. I have a pretty good idea what incidents caused those pressure sores, but that is not important. What is important is that no one really seems to know what to do about them.

But back to the leg. The difference between the leg sore and the bum sores is that there is no pressure on the leg, and so it ought to be easy to sort out. But no one can be bothered. Nurses come twice a week and change dressings, but I could do that – no problem. Why does no one give a toss about the two year old leg wound?

Anyway, I have decided to ‘solve the problem’ if I can. A couple of months ago, when the scab fell off, I smeared the leg wound with honey (not Maluka). It was a question of ‘what will happen?’. After a couple of days, the district nurses came round and replaced my ‘honey-smeared’ dressing with their own patent dressing. The result was calamitous. The wound suppurated and the skin around it became red and raw. It took several weeks for that rawness to flake off. And yet, from what I could see, prior to the introduction of the dressing, the honey had improved the skin around the wound.

I might be wrong, but I have decided to take personal responsibility. I am determined to ‘cure’ the sore on her leg. The wound created a huge scab, roughly circular about 1″ in diameter. I waited for it to fall off, which took several weeks. Still the skin beneath was not whole. But I have been smearing a folded tissue with Maluka honey and covering the wound with that ‘dressing’.

When I looked at the wound tonight, It seemed to be less extensive.

I say ‘seemed to be’ because we all know how easy it is to fool ourselves. But, whatever anyone might say, the FACT is that the NHS has failed to cure that wound.

An oddity is that I found the Manuka honey preparation among the box-full of medicaments which sits on our dining table! It is said to be: “100% Medical Grade Manuka honey”   What is weird is that if you look up ‘Manuka Honey’ on the net, medical researchers cannot find anything other than a mild antiseptic attribute.

So what if my ministrations ‘cure’ that two year old wound which the medical profession has been unable or unwilling to cure? I think that I can do it by gentle persuasion using manuka honey, or any other honey for that matter. Or possibly even treacle, or jam.

What I am saying is that researchers into the properties of manuka honey are only able to look at the superficial qualities, which leads them to see only a mild anti-septic property – according to their chemical analysis. What their analysis cannot tell them is how manuka honey reacts with skin, flesh and blood.  What will eventuate is unknown at the present time.We shall not go into Big Pharma’s ‘snake oil’ remedies for behaviours, as opposed to illnesses and diseases at this time.

Hang on! Is the word ‘Illness’ just the word that we have been looking for? Ought not the word ‘disease’ be replaced, for the most part, by the word ‘illness’? Is there any such thing as ‘mental disease’?

Is it any wonder that The People, and, indeed, their Parliamentary Representatives, have become confused? You can be ill because you ate a contaminated morsel of food, and you get the shits. You can even replicate that eventuality be drinking too much red wine.

‘Illness’ is both endemic and epidemic, and we all suffer from ‘illness’ all the time. The Health Zealots portray a population which is individually (endemic) healthy in detail, and collectively (epidemic) ‘fit for purpose’.

Human beings are always slightly ill. Thankfully, on the whole, a bit of medication, in the form of cigs, food and booze, cures that slight illness. Otherwise, we would be at each others throats, bashing, killing and stealing.

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We shall see if Maluka honey works. If it does not, then nothing is lost. But what if it does work?

 

 

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6 Responses to “The Mystery of Manuka Honey”

  1. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Hi Junican, the Roman Army used honey to pack around soldiers wounds. It was considered very effective.

    • nisakiman Says:

      I read somewhere years ago that a doctor working in the jungles of South America (? I think) who was perennially lacking in antiseptics to treat his patients found that by covering open wounds in sugar, which was abundant and cheap, and then bandaging them was more effective than the antiseptics he had been using.

  2. Ed Says:

    I can vouch for its effectiveness on animals, especially on long term wounds and skin problems. It works better than any vet topical antibiotics for most small mammals as they have a tendency to lick a wound, which can be quite nasty and even fatal if ingested in enough quantities. The worst they get if they lick off the Manuka is a sugar rush. It also works as an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic.

    You can get medical grade ointment/honey and also wound dressings online although the ointment is a bit pricey.

  3. smokingscot Says:

    I’m wading my way through a huge tome on ancient Egypt where honey was used for exactly the purpose you use it on Mrs. J.

    So I thought I’d go look at some stuff on the why’s and such – and this one (I’ve looked at four others, but this is the most helpful) explicitly states that honey does contain trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, but Manuka honey does not.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

    I use hydrogen peroxide regularly and wait until the soaked cotton bud has been there long enough for the wound to bubble. That’s crucial on bleeding or open wounds, perhaps not so on super infected wounds that I leave to my dermatologist.

    Then there’s the other aspect, that perhaps Mrs. J’s simply responding positively to someone she trusts. I believe the term is placebo effect.

    Anyway, best wishes for some sort of permanent fix.

  4. thelastfurlong Says:

    The NHS do Manuka dressings for leg ulcers I think. Ask.
    https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=Manuka+honey+dressing

  5. junican Says:

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. They will not be ignored.

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