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Study Finds Honey a Valuable Medicinal Substance

By: Vanessa Vogel Batt L.Ac. MSOM

An interesting 2017 study published in Pharmacognosy Research called "Honey and Health: A Review of Recent, Clinical Research," highlights the many reasons why honey is a valuable medicinal substance that should be used in clinical settings today.

The authors of the study postulate that honey is medicinal because its components have antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiproliferative (inhibits the growth of tumorous cells), and antimetastatic effects. Metastasis occurs when a cancerous cells break free from the original source and spreads to other parts of the body.

Additionally, further examination of previous scientific studies demonstrated the ability of honey to help treat diabetes, eye disorders, asthma, throat problems, parasitic infections, wounds, hepatitis, lethargy, dizziness, and ulcers.  Topical applications of it can be applied to facilitate healing of wounds and skin ulcers.

On its own in raw form honey makes an excellent, and tasty, nutritional supplement. This precious substance never goes bad, and doesn't need refrigeration. Honey is a cost-effective, scientifically proven substance with a high therapeutic value.

Source: Samarghandian, S., Farkhondeh, T., & Samini, F. (2017). Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research. Pharmacognosy research, 9(2), 121–127. doi:10.4103/0974-8490.204647

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About the Author: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM, studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.

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