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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Impact of honey as a topical treatment for wounds remains unclear
  1. Rose Cooper
  1. Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Rose Cooper, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB, UK; rcooper{at}

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In some countries, honey has been used continuously in the topical treatment of wounds for thousands of years, in others it lost favour and was reintroduced into modern clinical practice only after licensed wound care products containing medical-grade honey became available within the last decade. A systematic review of honey as a topical treatment for wounds completed in 2008 has recently been updated by Jull and colleagues.


Databases were searched from 2008 to June 2012 and two authors independently selected randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs for review. Studies involving patients of any age with wounds treated topically with honey and any other dressing or component were included. They included 15 with acute wounds, 7 with chronic wounds and 3 with mixed acute and chronic wounds. The data …

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  • Competing interests RC has consulted for Arnold & Palmer, Flen Pharma, BSN Medical, Crawford Healthcare, Molylnke, Bayer Consumer Healthcare. She has lectured for KCI, Advancis Medical, SAWC and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Additionally, she has provided educational presentations for North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME). Lastly, her institution received grants from the Waterloo Foundation and the Sir Halley Stewart Trust.