Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Natural Healing - Bees and Manuka Honey

(Photo by World Harvest Foods)

Jewel Akens sings about the birds and the bees, but were you aware that bees are remarkably becoming a great natural healing source of the 21st Century? Manuka honey comes from the manuka bush (also known as the "Tea Tree"), which is indigenous to New Zealand and Australia - but what makes it so special?

"There are many different types of honey; the difference has to do with the floral source," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of HoneyMark (premiere manufacturer of manuka honey products), "All honey has some medicinal value primarily because of natural hydrogen peroxide (found in most honeys)." Buonanotte explained the antibacterial value of manuka's natural healing properties and what sets this honey apart from others, "(Manuka honey) is formed from the flowers that procure the nectar that has more healing properties than traditional honey. A special molecule known as the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is what some scientists believe are synergistic in treating certain health symptoms."

Buonanotte detailed why this natural healing agent is so effective at fighting infections like MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), "The reason why bacteria has not become resistant to Manuka honey is (because) it has the ability to draw water out of the bacterial material by process of osmosis." This, he says is what makes bacteria like MRSA impossible to survive.

With no known side effects, natural healing therapies like Manuka honey may prove to be an essential health and smart nutrition product for today's natural healing and wellness seekers. Buonanotte said that manuka honey has been used internally, "Documented evidence shows that (Manuka honey) is effective in treating stomach ulcers, gum disease, sore throat and a variety of other health conditions."

Laboratory studies have found that this natural healing honey contains a wide assortment of naturally healthy ingredients. "In addition to antibacterial properties," says Buonanotte, "(Manuka honey) has antiviral, antioxidant (i.e. anti-aging), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties."

Currently, natural healing manuka honey is imported from New Zealand (and Australia), where it is can be used as a nutritional food source; or facilitated in creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, liquid hand soap, as well as antiseptic sprays, and sterile wound dressings.

In these exciting times, natural healing manuka honey is also gaining positive reaction. Buonanotte added, "I have read that hospitals in England are starting to catch on; and have a growing interest in Manuka honey and are beginning to use it."

Does manuka honey hold the natural healing secret to unlocking cures to common staph infections, and other health problems? Research* has shown that manuka honey's superior antimicrobial properties have proven efficacy on wound healing, and suggest that its natural healing therapeutic role could advance the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease, among others.

Today's natural healing therapies continue to inspire and amaze both patients and conventional medical doctors - and the more we learn about manuka honey and other natural healing substances, chances are that we may one day live in a healthier, more natural world.

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