Alternative Medicine: Fighting Bacterial Infections with Honey

In the United States, the number of children and adults suffering from resistant bacteria has reached astronomical proportions. In part, this socio-medical dilemma may be attributed to the resistant bacteria proliferation attributed to the over use of antibiotics which, for some healthcare professionals, are prescribed even when not medically necessary. For many parents, finding alternative methods to cure and prevent antibiotic infections in children has become a new mainstream phenomenon. In an effort to improve the health of children, many American families are turning to the use of alternative medicine in the fight against bacterial infections. Using vitamin supplements and herbs which are considered to hold antibiotic therapeutic properties, reduces the risk for over use of prescription antibiotics and thus may work to eradicate the complications associated with resistant bacteria. However, beyond vitamin supplements and herbs, there is one such product which is probably sitting right in your cabinet for use today; honey. Generally considered a white sugar carbohydrate, for use in foods, honey is taking a new face in the all natural bacteria fighting qualities and is showing a promising result in the fight against not only bacterial infections, but also the fight against malnutrition. With honeybee hives popping up all over the country, many American families are purchasing fresh, unprocessed honey right from their local bee farms. Packed with protein, vitamin C, vitamin A and even vitamin D, E and B, honey has become a product for use in daily nutrition as a method for prevention in addition to the direct application as a medicinal by product. In the United States, honey is not so commonly used when compared to its medicinal uses around the World. However, the use in preventative care has taken on a significant upturn in the United States. When using honey, as an alternative medicine product in treating bacterial infections, it is recommended to use the honey in one tablespoon dosing with each one cup of boiling water. Adding lemon to the honey tea will improve the flavor and therapeutic affect. In prevention, this same dosing regimen is recommended for honey tea and should be consumed up to three times a day. In fact, medical research has shown the consumption of honey tea, three times per day, will provide an improvement in vigor, energy and vitality after just a few weeks. As an external therapy for burns and wounds, especially in bed sores, honey can be applied, at full strength, directly to the site using a sterile bandage. With such ease of preparation, honey has become the next best alternative to that of prescription antibiotics in both treating bacterial infections as well as preventing bacterial infections and may improve long term health overall. As with any alternative medicine approach, consultation with a healthcare professional, to obtain diagnosis and treatment recommendations, is always recommended. However, when the physician is prepared to prescribe an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, discuss the use of supplementing, replacing or complementing traditional medicine therapy with the use of honey as an alternative medicine approach and as an addition to your diet on a daily basis.