Honey: nutritional and medicinal value

Int J Clin Pract. 2007 Oct;61(10):1705-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2007.01417.x.


Honey is not only used as nutrition but also used in wound healing and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from gastrointestinal tract (GIT) problems to ophthalmic conditions. We did the literature search and found interesting facts about the nutritional and medicinal value of honey. No wonder, it is a good source of nutrition, the results of the studies prove that it also helps in wound healing. On burns, it has an initial soothing and later rapid healing effects. It has been used as wound barrier against tumour implantation in laparoscopic oncological surgery. No infection has been reported from the application of honey to open wounds. It has a potential therapeutic role in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Based on these facts, the use of honey in the surgical wards is highly recommended and patients about to undergo surgery should ask their surgeons if they could apply honey to their wounds postoperation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Nutritive Value
  • Wound Healing / physiology*