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Raw Honey - A Safe and Unexpensive Natural Product with Healing Capacity for Diabetic Wounds
Raw Honey and Its Healing Capacity - Part 1
Raw honey is a food with great nutritional value and immense health benefits, which has been used for many centuries as food and in medicine because of its therapeutic effects.
Honey has an admirably complex chemical composition, which depends on the flowers, the climate of the region and the bee species involved in its production.
And it is composed of natural antioxidants such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, organic acids, carotenoids,and aromatic substances.
Because of its composition, honey is much more than a simple natural sweetener and has great medicinal capacity in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.
In fact, honey is a powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, etc.
So, for millennia throughout history, raw honey has been used with great results in the treatment of eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worms, hemorrhoids, eczema, healing ulcers, and wounds, etc.
But what the scientists say about it?
According to the scientific literature, honey may be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, respiratory system diseases, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and nervous system diseases, and even favorable in the treatment of cancer because of its high antioxidant capacity.
In this article, I will specifically focus on the use of honey as a tratment for wound-healing of diabetics.
Diabetes mellitus is a progressive endocrine disorder that results primarily in excess blood glucose (which can be reversed with changes in diet and lifestyle).
So, what happens is that approximately "25% of people with diabetes tend to suffer lifetime risk of complications in their lower extremities including peripheral neuropathy, arterial disease, vascular problems, and ulcerations.”
And “foot ulceration is one of the most common among them, which contributes to the occurrence of the so-called infections of the foot of diabetics.”
In this way, ulcerations in diabetics, even ordinary ones, if left untreated can lead to serious complications, ending up into diabetic gangrene. Then, this fact alone contributes approximately to 80% lower member amputations in diabetics.
And “50% of diabetic wounds can exponentially increase the risk of amputation of the affected bone, which significantly increases mortality and contributes to poor quality of life with enormous social, psychological, and economic consequences.”
Despite advances in modern medicine, diabetic foot wounds remain a serious problem. In addition, the treatments of foot ulcers are time-consuming, painful, intensive and associated with high costs.
For instance, “the healing of these wounds is a complex process involving the restoration of the damaged skin. Also, is a dynamic process in which cellular structures and layers of devitalized and absent tissues must be replaced.”
Amazingly, honey has several natural substances that have antimicrobial activity, in addition to other essential components needed in the healing of these ulcerations.
In this way, honey has been used in the treatment of wounds as a healing agent. And also, in the treatment of venous ulcers, burns, chronic leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and venous catheter exit sites, etc.
Consequently, honey is an alternative that is considered as therapy with good results in the treatment of ulcerations in diabetics.
It is a safe, cost-effective natural agent with a relatively fast healing capacity for diabetic wounds.
It is important to keep in mind that the honey used as a wound treatment must be raw in order to keep active its healing properties (Do not use processed honey that has suffered heating in the process, destroying and changing its properties).
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