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Honey as an Alternative in the Management of Contemporary Wound Healing: A Systematic Review

Dipika Dabas

Keywords : Burns, Healing, Honey, Manuka, Pain, Ulcers, Wound

Citation Information : Dabas D. Honey as an Alternative in the Management of Contemporary Wound Healing: A Systematic Review. J Health Sci Res 2018; 9 (2):41-48.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10042-1068

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Introduction: In recent times, the traditional honey has shown a revival as a topical treatment for a variety of wounds. The aim of this systematic review is to assess the available evidence and further evaluate the role of honey in modern wound care management. Methods: The databases which were used for this purpose include the PubMed and the ISI web of science. The review only contains the studies being conducted on humans. The review only contains the studies being conducted on humans covering burns, ulcers and other types of wounds (like traumatic, postoperative, malignant wounds). Under “design,” research designs namely, RCTs and CCTs were included. Result: In all three of the identified wound types, honey as a dressing with healing promoting properties is supported by evidence, whereas, the other known properties of honey like debridement, deodorizing, anti-inflammatory and wound pain-reducing effects are found to be less supported by the pieces of evidence. Interpretation: Many limitations were quite evident in the included studies related to the methodology, quality, and sample size. This review tries to reveal all such limitations and gaps and also recommends certain suggestions forthe future research.

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