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March 2016

Healing the Bee’s Knees—On Honey and Wound Healing

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  • 1School of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(3):275. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3692

Since antiquity, honey has been revered for its natural healing properties. It has been used for treatment of gastrointestinal tract illnesses, treatment of pain, and defense from infection. However, it is its historical use in the treatment of skin wounds, burns, and ulcers that has sparked a renewed interest in recent years. Emerging scientific study of honey’s therapeutic mechanisms has provided evidence for the antimicrobial and wound healing benefits behind this enduring tradition.

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