An Investigation into the Therapeutic Properties of Honey

  • 43 pages

  • Published: 6 Jan 2010

  • Author(s): Carter, Dee A., Blair, Shona E., Irish, Julie

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This RIRDC report summarises investigations into the therapeutic potential of Australian honeys. The study was conducted to increase the use and acceptance of honey as a therapeutic agent in conventional medicine.
Honey shows great potential as a topical antimicrobial agent, but it is grossly under-utilised in modern medicine. The results show that numerous Australian honeys possess significant antibacterial properties, and that honey is effective against a wide range of problematic pathogens, including multi drug-resistant clinical isolates and those growing in biofilms.