Surgihoney, a New Type of Honey Used to Treat Wounds and Kill Infections

SurgihoneyIan Staples, a UK businessman has produced a type of organic honey which, according to doctors, has “amazing results in treating wounds and infections,” as noted by the Daily Mail.

Honey has been used for thousands of years for its healing powers, although doctors prefer penicillin and antibiotics. However, the new type of honey, called Surgihoney, which is packaged in sachets of 10 g each, can kill bacteria, parasites and fungal infections, while helping to healing wounds.

Dr Matthew Dryden, consultant microbiologist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said that this honey “will revolutionise wound care around the world.”

The new product, Surgihoney, was tested for one year in hospitals in Hampshire hospitals on babies, women who have just given birth, cancer patients and elderly people. Wounds and ulcers, including those infected with the extremely strong MRSA superbug, healed in a few days, while the number of women who have suffered infections after cesarean birth halved.

The new honey was used to heal the wounds of the soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan and to treat acne and protect the skin of cancer patients under chemotherapy.

The product was licensed by the competent authority in the UK, but is not yet available for sale on the market. Surgihoney is developed by Ian Staples, a businessman who previously owned the car accessories chain Halfords. He bought an organic farm in southern Chile, created hives, and then funded scientists from Ireland to help develop this new type of honey.

“I have conducted numerous laboratory tests and compared it with honeys from around the world. I found Surgihoney better for treating every type of bug. So for the past year I have been using it on patients and the results have been amazing,” said Dr. Dryden who added: “There are plenty of products that can kill bacteria but they often don’t help heal tissue. Honey is a fantastic natural medicine. The important extra is that it kills the bugs but doesn’t damage the tissue.”