Topical honey for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer: A systematic review

Kateel, Ramya and Adhikari, Prabha and Augustine, Alfred Joseph and Ullal, Sheetal D (2016) Topical honey for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer: A systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 24 (2). pp. 130-133. ISSN 17443881

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Topical honey has been used for the treatment of wound since ancient time. But the medical evidence proving it is limited. Hence a systematic review was planned. An exhaustive literature search was done in PUBMED, COCHRANE, GOOGLE using ‘topical honey’, ‘diabetic foot ulcer’, ‘chronic wounds’ as key words. Literature search showed total of five clinical trials and about ten observational studies in various part of world. Out of five clinical trials three concluded that honey dressing is better than conventional dressing, all the clinical trials proved safety of honey for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer. Observational studies included total of 320 patients which also showed safety of honey but efficacy cannot be considered from observational studies. This review showed that honey dressing is safer for treatment of diabetic foot ulcer but there is insufficient good quality data to realistically conclude on the efficacy of honey on diabetic foot ulcers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Topical honey Diabetic foot ulcer Wound dressing
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Surgery
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 11:11
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 11:11

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