For the first time in the world there has been a study of the effectiveness of honey on horses wounds. The researchers at the University of Sydney found that a simple application of honey to a leg wound on a horse resulted in smaller wound sizes and faster healing times.
Honey has been around for thousands of years and used to treat wounds in humans and animals but this is the first time in the world a clinical trial has been conducted on horses using honey from New Zealand.
In the AsianScientist (June 30, 2011) the article reported: “Wounds in horses, particularly leg wounds, have long healing periods. But we found applying a manuka honey throughout healing led to 27 percent faster healing times,” said lead researcher Dr. Andrea Bischofberger, who is a veterinarian at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Camden (UVTHC), a part of the University of Sydney.
She also added, “Wounds in horses which received no treatment took an average of 64 days to heal, while those treated with manuka honey took 47 days to heal,using a manuka honey means expensive bandages can be avoided.”
She carried on to say:
“With its faster wound healing times and its bandage-free application, the manuka honey solution is an extremely versatile and affordable topical wound product.”
It is still unclear, even to professor Peter Molan at the Waikato University, how manuka honey actually helps to speed up the wound healing process, although it seems to have an immune-modifying effect on the key initial healing phase, the inflammatory stage.
“What we do know is treating wounds with manuka honey leads to healthier tissue regrowth,” said Bischofberger. “Wounds treated with manuka also showed improved new blood vessel and skin surface growth compared to control wounds.”
Bischofberger’s research supervisor, Prof. Andrew Dart, a surgical specialist and expert on the complications associated with lower leg wound healing in horses, also commented:
“The results of these studies have led to significant national and international interest both from the animal and human fields. There is potential for the manuka honey gel to be used across species with similar beneficial effects.”
So there it is a healing time of 27% faster using honey! Find yours