What is it?
Manuka honey is honey obtained from bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush especially in New Zealand. Manuka honey has anti-bacteria effects from its component hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (MG). MG is derived from the conversion of a compound called dihydroxyacetone.
UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is a scale to rate the concentration of MG, the higher the factor the higher is its potency. For therapeutic anti-bacterial effect a minimum of UMF 10 is required.
There are studies that prove that Manuka honey helps in suppression of cough when taken orally and healing of wounds and burn when applied.
Many believed that Manuka honey helps in conditions like asthma, hay fever, infections, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, cataracts and allergies. However more scientific research is required to ascertain if these proclaimed benefits are true.
Possible side effects
Manuka Honey is generally safe to take for most people. Do not give it to infants and child less than one year old as there may a small risk of botulism poisoning.
There is insufficient evidence to prove if it is safe for lactating/pregnant women to consume it, hence it is best to avoid. People who has pollen allergy should avoid taking it.
Currently there is no evidence of significant drug-drug interactions.
For cough, one can take about 2.5ml-10 ml at night. For treatment of wounds, about 15ml-30ml of honey can be applied on wound followed by sterile dressing, dressing should be changed every 24-48 hours. Please follow the instructions on product label and if in doubt consult your doctor first.