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May 7, 1973

Honey for Decubitus Ulcers

JAMA. 1973;224(6):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220200061034

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To the Editor.—  With reference to Dr. James Barnes' work using granulated sugar in the healing of ulcers (223-122, 1973), I should like to mention a somewhat similar traditional remedy, the use of honey, for such problems. I have been using pure natural honey for the past few months in the accident and emergency departments where I work, and I have found that, applied every two or three days under a dry dressing, it promotes the healing of ulcers and burns better than any other local applications I've used before.It can also readily be applied to any other surface wounds, including cuts and abrasions, and I can recommend it to all doctors as a very inexpensive and valuable cleansing and healing agent.It even has a delicious taste!