Month: May 2017

30 May

Malaysia Gelam Honey Heals Wounds

The Efficacy of Gelam Honey Dressing Towards Excision Wound Healing.

 
Honey is one of the oldest substances used in wound management. Efficacy of Gelam honey in wound healing was evaluated in this paper.
 
Gelam-honey-dressed wounds healed earlier (day 13) than untreated and saline treated groups, as did wounds treated with Intrasite Gel. Honey-treated wounds exhibited less scab and only thin scar formations. Histological features demonstrated positive effects of Gelam honey on the wounds.
This paper showed that Gelam honey dressing on excisional wound accelerated the process of wound healing.
 
Wound healing is a complex biological cascade of cellular and biochemical events comprised of three phases: inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. A rapid increase of interest in the use of honey as wound dressing among researchers and modern practitioners includes case studies and clinical trials reporting the effectiveness of honey in the treatment of different types of wounds, with some showing effectiveness against bacterial strains resistant to synthetic antibiotics.
15 May

Trigona Honey

Trigona Honey is produce by trigona bees – a type of bees which is small in size (the size of a fly). Trigona bees nest is usually found in between the roots or in a tree stump, near the land surface (unlike normal bees nest, which up on a tree).

Trigona honey is usually lighter in color compared to common forest honey. Trigona bee feed on young fruit which is why it has a slight sour taste, that’s why trigona honey is high in vitamin C. The quantity harvested from each nest is also lesser compared to common bees nest – usually less than a small bottle. Most trigona honey is natural resource mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia. It is also known as Kelulut honey.

Benefits of trigona honey include increasing body metabolisme, as an aphrodisiac, maintaining beauty, strengthening women who just gave birth, and curing various diseases and internal injuries.

15 May

Tualang Honey

Tualang Honey is honey taken from bee’s nest on tualang tree in the jungle. Tualang tree usually grows very tall deep in thick forest.

Tualang Honey is believed to be produced by honey bees in the forest that collect nectar from various wild flowers (poliflora). This is the reason many believe this honey contains extremely high beneficial value compared to other common honey.

In addition, tualang honey bees nest is difficult to find because a honey harvestor has to travel deep into the forest. Even after it is found, the nest usually sits on a very high branch of the tualang tree. The arduous effort involved in harvesting tualang honey makes it a much sought-after honey and can fetch a very high price in the market.

13 May

Crystallized Honey

Little understood that the crystallization of honey by the consuming public. Many assume that crystallized honey is adulterated or ‘spoiled.’ This is not so. Real, raw honey crystallizes.

The crystallization process is natural and spontaneous. Pure, raw and unheated honey has a natural tendency to crystallize over time with no effect to the honey other than color and texture.

What’s more, the crystallization of honey actually preserves the flavor and quality characteristics of your honey. Many honey users prefer it in this state as it is easier to spread on bread or toast. Indeed, some raw honey recipes can be easier to make with partially or fully-crystallized honey —and, the taste is richer.

The crystallization of honey is actually an attribute of pure and natural honey. Why? Honey is a highly concentrated sugar solution. It contains more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water. This means that the water in honey contains more sugar than it should naturally hold. The overabundance of sugar makes honey unstable. Thus, it is natural for honey to crystallize since it is an over-saturated sugar solution.

The two principal sugars in honey are fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (grape sugar). The content of fructose and glucose in honey varies from one type of honey to the other. Generally, the fructose ranges from 30- 44% and glucose from 25- 40%. The balance of these two major sugars causes the crystallization of honey, and the relative percentage of each determines whether it crystallizes rapidly or slowly. What crystallizes is the glucose, due to its lower solubility. Fructose is more soluble in water than glucose and will remain fluid.

When glucose crystallizes, it separates from water and takes the form of tiny crystals. As the crystallization progresses and more glucose crystallizes, those crystals spread throughout the honey. The solution changes to a stable saturated form, and ultimately the honey becomes thick or crystallized.

Some honeys crystallize uniformly; some will be partially crystallized and form two layers, with the crystallized layer on the bottom of the jar and a liquid on top.

Honeys also vary in the size of the crystals formed. Some form fine crystals and others large, gritty ones. The more rapid honey crystallizes, the finer the texture will be. And crystallized honey tends to set a lighter/paler color than when liquid. This is due to the fact that glucose sugar tends to separate out in dehydrating crystals form, and that glucose crystals are naturally pure white. Darker honeys retain a brownish appearance.

Bottom line? Crystallization of honey is a gift of nature.

 

What to do when your honey has crystallized?

Just warm the honey using warm water or warm a bottle and pour the crystallized honey into it. (Make sure sure the heat is not more than 60 degree Celsius).

7 May

Anti Oxidant Activity : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Most honey is known to possess antioxidant activity but tualang honey is an especially rich source of antioxidants that include phenolic acids, flavonoids, amino acids and proteins.Indeed tualang honey compares favorably with other well-known therapeutic grade honeys such as manuka and Slovenian honeys.

Antioxidants are essential to good health; they protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals, help repair damaged cells and prevent future disease.

Comparative studies have shown that tualang honey has an extremely high phenolic and flavonoid content which gives it more than the normal antioxidant value of other honeys. Research has also demonstrated that tualang honey shielded the body from oxidative stress in diabetic rats.

7 May

Antibacterial Activity : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Nearly all varieties of honey have antimicrobial effects but it is important to note that not all honey is equally effective. Manuka honey is especially famous for its antibacterial qualities but research has demonstrated that tualang honey is equally effective against several strains of bacteria.

Tualang honey protects against the growth of common skin bacteria as well as inhibiting the spread of dangerous strains such as streptococcus, salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. Some of these strains of bacteria are caused by hospital infections and have become drug resistant meaning that researchers have been looking for safe, alternative remedies to treat them.

Tualang honey has proven especially effective in preventing bacteria in burn wounds because of its high flavonoid and phenolic content. One study concluded that it could be used as an alternative wound dressing and by comparison it proved less sticky than manuka.

7 May

Diabetes : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Contrary to still popular belief, honey is not always bad for diabetic patients. Many people are concerned that the high sugar content of honeys will have adverse effects on diabetes but certain honey like tualang are high in fructose which is low on the glycemic index and is therefore recommended for sufferers of the disease. Studies conducted on diabetic rats demonstrated that in combination with hypoglycemic agents, tualang honey caused a significant reduction in blood sugar levels.

7 May

Anti Cancer : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Tualang honey has great potential in the treatment of certain forms of cancer and can help improve the effectiveness of more conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and oral medications. Studies have shown that because of its abundant flavonoid and phenolic acid content, tualang honey has a significant impact on breast cancer cells which compares favorably with the anticancer activity of tamoxifen.

7 May

Wound Healing : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Tualang honey has antibacterial qualities that give it major wound healing potential. Tualang honey works on wounds and burns by easing the inflammation and fluid build-up in the wounded area while stimulating the growth of new cells.

A number of studies have been conducted into the wound healing abilities of tualang honey with the results proving largely positive. One study published in 2010 was conducted into the effects of tualang honey as a wound dressing in full thickness burn wounds that typically require skin graft surgery.

The results showed that wounds treated with tualang honey exhibited a very fast 32% decrease in wound size as early as the sixth day of treatment as well as a significant reduction on bacterial growth.

7 May

Wound Healing : Tualang Therapeutic Benefit

Tualang honey has antibacterial qualities that give it major wound healing potential. Tualang honey works on wounds and burns by easing the inflammation and fluid build-up in the wounded area while stimulating the growth of new cells.

A number of studies have been conducted into the wound healing abilities of tualang honey with the results proving largely positive. One study published in 2010 was conducted into the effects of tualang honey as a wound dressing in full thickness burn wounds that typically require skin graft surgery.

The results showed that wounds treated with tualang honey exhibited a very fast 32% decrease in wound size as early as the sixth day of treatment as well as a significant reduction on bacterial growth.

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