Honey, the New Antibiotic

Released on: February 24, 2008, 10:13 am

Press Release Author: Frank Buonanotte / Honeymark

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: In the wake of an increasing number of cases involving
antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, medical professionals seek refuge in a
special type of honey containing powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
to treat Staph infections and MRSA.

Press Release Body: An old household remedy is finding its way back into modern
medicine. Scientists are now discovering that a particular type of honey is more
effective in treating wounds than most antibiotics. Even chronic wounds infected
with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria can be healed quickly with this honey.
It\'s called \'Manuka Honey\' and it comes from beehives located in New Zealand.

The use of honey for medical purposes was known to the ancient Egyptians thousands
of years ago. Even in the last two world wars, bandages with honey were used to
treat wounded soldiers. However, the advent of antibiotics replaced this household
remedy with the misconception that medicine was more effective than honey. The
problem is that today we are faced with germs that are resistant to almost all types
of antibiotics. As a result, the medical use of honey is becoming attractive again
for the treatment of wounds. The reason being is that recent studies show that
honey is actually more effective, despite what doctors once thought.

When using dressings containing Manuka Honey, dead tissue is rejected faster and
wounds heals more rapidly. In addition, changing bandages is less painful, because
with honey they are easier to remove without damaging the newly formed layers of
skin. Some wounds often smell unpleasant which can be an enormous strain on the
patient. Honey also helps in this instance by reducing malodor. Even wounds that
don\'t heal for years can be brought under control with the use of Manuka Honey
within a few weeks. Less serious wounds can be healed with Manuka Honey in a few
days or even within a few hours.

\"It has already been proved that Manuka Honey can destroy antibiotic-resident
bacteria such as MRSA, says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International,
manufacturer of Manuka Honey products. \"Additionally, Manuka Honey is also known to
have an antiseptic effect.\" When producing honey, bees add an enzyme called
glucose-oxidase. This enzyme produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide which is an
effective antiseptic. The advantage of the hydrogen peroxide found in honey is that
small concentrations are able to kill the bacteria because it is constantly being
produced in a slow-release manner. Normally, much larger quantities of hydrogen
peroxide are required because hydrogen peroxide loses its potency over time.
However, in large concentrations it damages skin cells. This is a side effect that
does not occur with honey.

Manuka Honey, also known as Leptospermum Honey, comes from a tree species that grows
in New Zealand and Australia. Honey from these trees has a particularly strong
anti-bacterial effect, even when diluted. Honeybees gather nectar from the flowers
that grow on this tree and take it back to their hives where they produce this
unique type of honey. \"What makes Manuka Honey more potent in treating wounds and
other health conditions is the present of an additional antibacterial compound other
than hydrogen peroxide,\" says Buonanotte. \"This other antibacterial component has
become known as the unique Manuka factor, also known as UMF.\"

Honeymark\'s wound care product containing Active UMF Manuka Honey is called \"First
Aid Antiseptic Lotion\" and it is available on their website. Honeymark expects to
have their products on the shelves of major retailers later this year. In addition
to their wound dressing, Honeymark also makes Manuka Honey products that are
effective in treating eczema, arthritis, ringworm, athlete\'s foot, psoriasis, etc.
Honeymark also plans to introduce a cosmetic line containing Manuka Honey by mid
2008. For more information or to purchase Manuka Honey products, call
1-866-427-7329 or visit www.HoneymarkProducts.com.

Web Site: http://www.HoneymarkProducts.com

Contact Details: Honeymark International
P.O. Box 133
Eastport, NY 1941

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