In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving
I came across this article about a “new” treatment: honey. The article begins:
TRENTON, New Jersey – Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature’s original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback.
More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma Sciences Inc., a New Jersey company that makes medicated and other advanced wound care products, began selling the first honey-based dressing this fall after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.
It is talking about a product called “Medihoney,” which is a patch that has honey embedded in it to help wounds heal better. A colleague of mine wanted to bring the product to one of the hospitals at which I practice. I thought it was amazing. The article continued:
Honey dressings and gels, as well as tubes of manuka honey, have been gaining in popularity overseas, fueled by scientific reports on their medical benefits and occasional news accounts of the dramatic recovery of a patient with a longtime wound that suddenly healed. Regular honey can have mild medicinal benefits. A study published Dec. 3 showed it helps to calm children’s coughs so they can sleep. But manuka honey is far more potent, research shows.
Dr. Robert Frykberg, chief of podiatry at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, said the Medihoney product has worked on about half the patients with diabetic foot ulcers who have used it.
He said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds.
“It’s been used on wounds where nothing else will work,” said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years.
As I was reading and learning about the medicinal effects of honey, one thing came to mind: these verses of the Qur’an:
And [consider how] they Sustainer has inspired the bee: “Prepare for thyself dwellings in mountains and in trees, and in what [men] may build [for thee by way of hives]; and then eat of all manner of fruit, and follow humbly teh paths ordained for thee by they Sustainer.” [And lo!] there issues from within these [bees] a fluid of many hues, wherein there is health for man. In all this, behold, there is a message indeed for people who think! (16:68-69)
In fact, the literal Arabic word that is translated as “health” is shifaa’, which means “healing.”