English hospitals trial using honey and vinegar as antibiotics

It is encouraging to see how holistic medicine is gaining ground. In this case, the nation that discovered penicillin is adopting the use of food ingredients as antibiotics and to clean wounds in hospitals.

In the United Kingdom, an interesting trial is being carried out that has proven to be highly successful. It involves using a combination of medicinal-grade honey and food-grade vinegar to clean wounds instead of using antibiotics or antiseptics.

Oxymel, also known as admixture, has been mentioned in medical literature since the time of ancient Rome and possibly even in older civilizations.

"In our study of premodern recipes we noticed a pattern of combining honey and vinegar for washing or dressing wounds and inflammations, and this inspired us to focus on that combination in our analysis," said Dr. Erin Connelly, a researcher on the study.

Recently, at the University of Warwick, a group of researchers led by Connelly and collaborators from the British National Health Service set out to investigate whether bacterial concentrations could be reduced when protected by a biofilm.

Biofilms are a complex, viscous accumulation of microbes that have the ability to adhere near the wound, allowing them to effectively cover it. Inside these biofilms, bacteria can resist the effects of traditional topical antibiotics.

Natural antibiotics

By experimenting with different doses and combinations, it was found that when using low doses of acetic acid (the main component of vinegar) in conjunction with medicinal honey, it is possible to significantly reduce the number of microorganisms present.

“These doses are lower than what wound care nurses currently use on patients. But when we put these low doses together, we saw a lot of bacteria die, which is really exciting,” Dr. Freya Harrison of the University of Warwick told the London Times.

After that, the research team made an interesting discovery. They found that whole vinegars, like pomegranate vinegar, worked even better than acetic acid alone.

Medicinal honey, such as Manuka honey, has properties beyond its ability to clean wounds. In the specific case of people with cystic fibrosis, a serious and life-threatening disease, Manuka honey can be effective in fighting bacterial infections. This offers an alternative and promising approach in the treatment of this disease.

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