The antibacterial activity of honey 1. The nature of the antibacterial activity
Peter C Molan
Honey has been used as a medicine since ancient times in many cultures and is still used in 'folk medicine'. The use of honey as a therapeutic substance has been rediscovered by the medical profession in more recent times, and it is gaining acceptance as an antibacterial agent for the treatment of ulcers and bed sores, and other surface infections resulting from burns and wounds". In many of the cases in the cited reports, honey was used on infections not responding to standard antibiotic and antiseptic therapy. It was found in almost all of the cases to be very effective in rapidly clearing up infection and promoting healing. Honey has also been found to be effective in treating bacterial gastroenteritis in infants.