Student Research

An Economic Approach to Wound Healing Using Honey Products

For economic reasons and particularly in impoverished regions, wound care in animals is often limited and does not meet ideal medical recommendations. For that reason, there is an interest in discovering accessible alternatives to treat with. Manuka honey is just one raw honey product graded at a medical level that has already been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and one that is attributed to reducing edema and pH in wounds while promoting autolytic debridement of eschar - all properties that promote healing. In this experiment, the efficacy of various raw honey products on the healing rate of 4mm punch biopsies of mice is tested. Mice in this experiment would be given a punch biopsy on their backs and then be treated once every other day by cleansing the wound and applying one of several raw honey products into the wound. A control mouse would also receive the standard 4mm punch biopsy, but would be provided the anti-inflammatory drug, Meloxicam. These wounds would be measured with a ruler at the beginning of each subsequent application to provide comparisons on which wound, and its respective honey product, yield the fastest result (namely, a completely healed wound). This information would be used to show which raw honey products could be used or should be avoided in caring for open wounds for animals whose caretakers may not have the ability to purchase or access recommended medical treatments.