Kanuka honey in heal­ing tri­als

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

The heal­ing power of kanuka honey will be in­ves­ti­gated in a new study.

Grafton-based Op­ti­mal Clin­i­cal Tri­als is look­ing for people suf­fer­ing from rosacea and acne and chil­dren with nappy rash to take part in tri­als test­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the honey com­pared with stan­dard treat­ments.

Op­ti­mal Clin­i­cal Tri­als di­rec­tor Barney Mont­gomery is leading the Auck­land trial which is be­ing repli­cated in Welling­ton and Tau­ranga.

Kanuka honey is thought to have as good or bet­ter an­tibac­te­rial and anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects than other honey.

More than 80 per cent of par­tic­i­pants us­ing a kanuka honey prod­uct for acne in a re­cent pi­lot study re­ported im­prove- ment. Top­i­cal med­i­cal kanuka honey used for the treat­ment of nappy rash in an­other pi­lot study showed it to be an ac­cept­able and po­ten­tially ef­fec­tive treat­ment with a re­duc­tion in sever­ity in 60 per cent of par­tic­i­pants, Dr Mont­gomery says.

Larger stud­ies are needed to draw fur­ther con­clu­sions on its ef­fec­tive­ness and ac­cept­abil­ity.

‘‘There are a lot of treat­ments avail­able at the mo­ment but a lot of people don’t like tak­ing drugs and would pre­fer a nat­u­ral op­tion,’’ Dr Mont­gomery says.

‘‘If this re­search shows that the honey works, then that would be a nice op­tion for people to have.’’

The New Zealand pro­duced kanuka honey prod­uct Honevo will be used in the study.

It is fil­tered and steri- lised to pro­duce med­i­cal­grade honey and then mixed with glyc­erin to make it into a cream which is eas­ier to ap­ply.

Par­tic­i­pants in the rosacea and nappy rash study will be ran­domly al­lo­cated ei­ther a stan­dard cream or kanuka honey to use.

For the acne study half of par­tic­i­pants will use a stan­dard cleans­ing rou­tine while the other half will use kanuka honey be­fore stan­dard cleans­ing for 12 weeks.

If the tri­als find kanuka to be more ef­fec­tive than stan­dard treat­ments fur­ther stud­ies may be done be­fore a prod­uct can hit the shelves, Dr Mont­gomery says.

Honey tri­als: Free­mans Bay doc­tor Barney Mont­gomery is leading Auck­land tri­als of top­i­cal kanuka honey.

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