Manuka Honey

Surgical Wounds

Surgical wounds infections are a common occurrence. About 5% of patients undergoing any type of surgery develop surgical wounds infections. Surgical wounds infections are very expensive to treat and in many cases very dangerous.

Surgical Wounds infections are caused by Microorganisms that enter the open wound after the incision.

Microorganisms can enter a wound via direct contact, airborne or self-contamination.

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Image of a surgical wound infection
  • A moist environment accelerates the healing process
  • A body's natural attempt to heal itself is to gather serum around any infected wound. The serum dries and turns into a scab. A scab turns into a scar. The presence of UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey provides a moist healing environment that prevents the formation of scabs and in turn less scarring occurs.
  • The permanently moist environment provided by UMF®(MGO™)) Manuka Honey also makes healing less painful. A gauze applied on an infected wound treated with UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey does not dry out. This makes the removal of the dressing very easy, less painful and does not tear the new skin tissue that tries to form.
  • The moist environment provided by the UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey kills the bacteria that causes the infection in the wound and nourishes new growing tissue.

The active ingredient of UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey

All honey has some antibacterial properties due to the Hydrogen peroxide that is found in it. Hydrogen Peroxide is a naturally occurring component that is released by honey in contact with the infected wound.
Hydrogen Peroxide has antiseptic properties but its potency varies with several factors:

  • Some flower nectar contains a catalase which breaks down Hydrogen Peroxide.
  • The glucose oxidase that produces Hydrogen Peroxide is not stable in contact with heat, sunlight or contact with body fluids.
  • When used on an infected wound, the enzyme present in body tissue destroys Hydrogen Peroxide, reducing honey’s antiseptic properties.
skin ulcer UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey is stable and effective on healing infected wounds.

Studies have proved that in addition to Hydrogen Peroxide UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey contains an ingredient with higher antibacterial properties called Methylglyoxal. This ingredient was tested and scientific results have been gathered.
Some of the scientific tests results are:
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  • MGO™ is a very stable component and can not be destroyed easily.
  • The enzyme catalase present in body fluids does not affect MGO™. This catalase is known to destroy the antiseptic properties of hydrogen peroxide.
  • MGO™ is more effective that Hydrogen peroxide in combating most types of bacteria found in infected wounds.
  • MGO™ and Hydrogen Peroxide are both found in UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey. The combination of the two ingredients makes UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey a more potent antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral product.

UMF (MGO) Manuka Honey can heal infected wounds.

Recently, medicine has been confronted by a surging number of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Most common antibiotics have proven to be inefficient in treating wounds infected with strains of bacteria like MRSA (Staphylococcus Aureus), Pseudomonas Aeruginosa etc. The benefit of using UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey on infected wounds is that this type of honey has both hydrogen peroxide and Methylglyoxal, which together are believed to work in an effective way to kill drug resistant bacteria that cause wound infections.
How does UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey works to combat drug resistant bacteria?

  • The active component in UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey, Methylglyoxal can penetrate deep tissue and is able to reach deeper seated infections.
  • UMF®(MGO™)) Manuka Honey keeps the wound moist and prevents the gauze to stick to the wound and cause tissue damage.
  • The moist property of UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey help the wound heal faster and provides vitamins, nutrients and amino acids to tissue.
  • UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey promotes tissue regeneration and reduces scarring.
  • UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey helps clean the infected wound by lifting any dirt and malodor out of the wound .

Go to Research page for a summary of Clinical Trails and Case Studies conducted on healing infected wounds with UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey.
How to use UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey on infected wounds.

  • Clean the wound thoroughly
  • Spread plenty of UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey gently on the infected wound.
  • Apply a dressing pad that covers the entire wound.
  • Cover the dressing with a waterproof backing
  • Change dressing once every 8 hours in the beginning and once a day when the wound starts to heal.

Some patients might experience a slight stinging after UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey is applied.

Honey is acidic and the acidity stimulates healing. Typically stinging will subside soon after application. If stinging is severe, application must be interrupted. Usually patients can recommence the use of UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey with no problems.

Please keep in mind that healing is usually slowed down by preexisting conditions like poor blood circulation, diabetes or lung disease.

Bacterial Infection

How to choose the right UMF®(MGO™) Manuka Honey to help heal any infected wounds? Read more.


The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advise. We do not recommend people to stop taking their prescribed medications or to stop visiting their physician.
Our intention is to increase awareness about the potential healing qualities of the Active Manuka Honey and to make it available to people who are interested in homeopathic ways to regard diseases and who wish to experience the benefits of a product that received the attention of many international researchers.
Please seek medical advise if symptoms persist.

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