Medihoney for wound healing is becoming an increasingly popular practice amongst health care professionals and wound specialists.
Wounds that are difficult to heal are becoming more and more common, Medihoney is a good alternative for wound healing in those slow to heal wounds. Medihoney wound dressings are a popular choice for wound management and wound healing, especially from a patients perspective. Medihoney and was one of the first certified honey licensed for use in the medical field.
- Ocala Drawing moisture out of the wound environment
- Werne Dehydrates the surface bacteria and killing them
- Produces gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide when comes in contact with wound exudate helping to cleanse and clean the wound.
- Antibacterial properties
The History of Using Medihoney For Wound Management and Healing
Honey is the oldest wound dressing material known to humans when some modern products are failing in this area.Yaghoobi, Kazerouni and Kazerouni (2013).
Honey has been used in wounds over the past 4000 years, commonly seen in African, Chinese and Greek civilisations. However, it wasn’t until recently that the antibacterial properties have been further examined.
What is Medihoney?
Medihoney is a special formulation that consists of a mixture of Australian and New Zealand honey. This special formulation contains Leptospermum and glucose oxidase compounds that are antibacterial in nature.
How does Medihoney work for wound healing?
Medihoney works in many ways, some of which are still unknown. However, studies have shown that Medihoney:
- Stimulates leukocytes to release cytokines to improve tissue repair
- Improves immune response to infection
- Stimulates the production of antibodies
- Broad antibacterial activity of honey that is broad-spectrum reducing the wound bacterial load
- Has antiviral, anti-inflammatory components.
What types of wounds is Medihoney best for?
Medihoney has been proven to an affective option for
- Partial-thickness burns
- Acute wounds
There is more quality evidence required, however, some studies suggest that Medihoney is also effective for treatment of:
- Chronic wounds
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
What is the science behind Medihoney?
There is good evidence to show the effectiveness of the antibacterial properties of Medihoney, which may benefit wound healing. The use of Medihoney in acute and partial thickness burns has been found to be slightly superior than conventional treatment options.
There is a growing body of evidence from clinical experience and obserational research from all over the world. However, more extensive studies are required for Medihoney to be used more commonly in clinical practice.
What are the advantages of using Medihoney on wounds?
Some of the advantages of using medihoney on wounds includes
- Easy to change the dressing without causing pain or damage to the good tissue
- Reduction in wound odour
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and debriding effects
- Ability to suit all wound types and wound healing stages
- Patients are very open to using “natural” wound product alternatives
What are the contraindications of Medihoney?
The most common adverse effect of using Medihoney on wounds is pain. This study identified that approximately 5% of patients experienced stinging pain after the application of Medihoney.
Is it safe to use any honey on wounds?
In a normal environment, honey can contain Clostridium botulinum, in Medihoney, this has been inactivated and the product is classified as sterile.
Therefore, if you want to apply honey to your wounds, ensure it is Medihoney that has been specifically treated for the use on wounds. Each bach of Medihoney has been gamma irradiated which inactivate Clostridium spores, but still has the effectiveness of natural pure honey.
What wound products contain Medihoney?
Medihoney is available in various types of wound products. Medihoney for wound healing can come in a paste or sheet form.
Medihoney Wound gel is perfect for wounds with some depth that may have some yellow or white film (slough) on the wound bed. This is the most popular type of Medihoney product.
My conclusion on Medihoney
There is some good evidence to suggest the use of Medihoney and the benefits for wound healing. Although, more research is required for use in certain types of wounds. In saying that, Medihoney is a good natural option for wound healing, that could be very beneficial for wound healing.
In wound management, it is important to look at the big picture, including nutrition, circulation, causative factors and the overall health of a person. There are many wound myths out there, it is very important that when choosing a wound product, that there is good evidence to support its use. If you have a wound or know someone with a wound that is slow to heal, it is always best to have a full assessment performed by a wound specialist.
If you would like some wound advice, please contact me and I can do a Telehealth consultation.
Related Posts on wound care
Robson, V., Dodd, S. and Thomas, S. (2009), Standardized antibacterial honey (Medihoney™) with standard therapy in wound care: randomized clinical trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65: 565-575. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04923.x
Simon, A., Traynor, K., Santos, K., Blaser, G., Bode, U., & Molan, P. (2009). Medical honey for wound care–still the ‘latest resort’?. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine: eCAM, 6(2), 165–173. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem175
Yaghoobi, R., Kazerouni, A., & Kazerouni, O. (2013). Evidence for Clinical Use of Honey in Wound Healing as an Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory Anti-oxidant and Anti-viral Agent: A Review. Jundishapur Journal of natural pharmaceutical products, 8(3), 100–104. https://doi.org/10.17795/jjnpp-9487
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