Role of honey in modern medicine

Saudi J Biol Sci. 2017 Jul;24(5):975-978. doi: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2016.12.010. Epub 2016 Dec 24.


Use of honey has a very long history. Honey has been used since ancient time due to its nutritional and therapeutic values. There had been varied ways of consumption honey including its use as a sweetener and flavoring agent. Honey is produced all over the world. The most important nutriment of honey is carbohydrates present in the form of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose. Honey plays an important role as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial agent and augments the adherence of skin grafts and wound healing process. The role of honey has been acknowledged in the scientific literature and there is convincing evidence in support of its antioxidant and antibacterial nature, cough prevention, fertility and wound healing properties. However, its use has been controversially discussed and has not been well accepted in the modern medicine. The aim of this review was explore and highlight the role of honey in modern medicine.

Keywords: Anti-bacterial; Anti-inflammatory; Antioxidant; Honey; Modern medicine.

Publication types

  • Review