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    When it comes to helping a child fight off a cough, the centuries-old remedy of honey is still the best, researchers said yesterday.
    The natural sweetener is a traditional soother and remains better than costly over-the-counter medicines, they said.
    In a study, a dose before bedtime easily outperformed a cough suppressant widely used in commercial treatments.
    Honey was better at cutting the severity, frequency and disturbance from night-time coughs of those suffering upper respiratory infection.
    It also helped their sleep, suggesting that parents may be wasting their money on expensive alternatives sold in chemists and supermarkets.
    The study compared honey to dextromethorphan (DM), the active ingredient in many cough mixtures.
    Scientists in Pennsylvania found that DM made no significant difference to symptoms compared with having no treatment for the 105 children aged two to 18 in the research.
    They were divided into groups receiving honey, a honey-flavoured DM medicine or no treatment about 30 minutes before bedtime.
    Parents rated honey as significantly better than DM or no treatment, according to the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
    The researchers said that honey offered a "safe and legitimate alternative" to DM, which can occasionally cause severe side-effects in children, including muscle contractions and spasms.
    Honey's ability to help coughs may be due to the way it soothes on contact and stimulates saliva.
    The Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University has previously estimated that mixtures with DM were only 10 to 15 per cent more beneficial for adults than cough syrups without medicine. The Proprietary Association of Great Britain, representing makers of over-the-counter medicines, said cough products were "safe and effective".

    Honey can quieten a child's cough better than any medicine, say researchers | the Daily Mail

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    Probably even faster if you can use Manuka honey.

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    My parents used to give me a mixture of honey and lemon to combat a cough. Didn't help at all. I don't think much does.

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    I've heard lemon in hot tea for a cold.

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    Can you really, Honey.

    Sorry, when I read the title and saw you posted it I was wondering what the hell you were talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    My parents used to give me a mixture of honey and lemon to combat a cough. Didn't help at all. I don't think much does.
    Yup, Have to agree.

    I tried giving my son honey when he was coughing and it did nothing for him.

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    I add ground cloves to the honey. It helps numb that ticklish feeling in the throat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    Can you really, Honey.

    Sorry, when I read the title and saw you posted it I was wondering what the hell you were talking about.
    Most people probably think that

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    Honey makes medical comeback
    Potent type used as antibiotic amid fears of drug-resistant superbugs
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    updated 9:11 a.m. PT, Wed., Dec. 26, 2007
    TRENTON, New Jersey - Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic honey is making a comeback.

    More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma Sciences Inc., a New Jersey company that makes medicated and other advanced wound care products, began selling the first honey-based dressing this fall after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.

    Antibiotics becoming ineffective
    Derma Sciences now sells two Medihoney dressings to hospitals, clinics and doctors in North and South America under a deal with supplier Comvita LP of New Zealand. Derma Sciences hopes to have its dressings in U.S. drug stores in the next six months, followed by adhesive strips.

    Comvita, which controls about 75 percent of the world's manuka honey supply, sells similar products under its own name in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, where such products have been popular for over a decade.

    "The reason that Medihoney is so exciting is that antibiotics are becoming ineffective at fighting pathogens," said Derma Sciences CEO Ed Quilty.

    Another big advantage, he said, is that the dressings' germ-fighting and fluid-absorbing effects last up to a week, making them convenient for patients being cared for at outpatient clinics or by visiting nurses. They also reduce inflammation and can eliminate the foul odors of infected wounds.

    Since receiving FDA approval, Medihoney has brought in sales of $150,000 in 10 weeks and Quilty plans to nearly double his 15-person sales force in 2008 thanks to the two new Medihoney products.

    Healing wounds
    Honey dressings and gels, as well as tubes of manuka honey, have been gaining in popularity overseas, fueled by scientific reports on their medical benefits and occasional news accounts of the dramatic recovery of a patient with a longtime wound that suddenly healed.

    Regular honey can have mild medicinal benefits. A study published Dec. 3 showed it helps to calm children's coughs so they can sleep. But manuka honey is far more potent, research shows.

    Dr. Robert Frykberg, chief of podiatry at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, said the Medihoney product has worked on about half the patients with diabetic foot ulcers who have used it.

    He said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds.

    "It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years.


    He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune systems.

    "There's more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products" for infection, Molan said. However, it won't work once an infection gets in the blood. "It's not a miracle."

    Some U.S. hospitals and wound care clinics are already using Medihoney dressings to treat patients with stubborn, infected wounds from injuries or surgical incisions and nonhealing pressure ulcers on diabetics' feet, which too often lead to amputations.

    Kara Couch, a nurse practitioner at Georgetown University Hospital's Center for Wound Healing in Washington, said it works well for patients who have "wound pain" or infected wounds.

    One patient who had an open wound that didn't heal for a few years "healed 90 percent in three weeks," she said, adding that the usual rate for chronic wounds is barely 10 percent a week.

    Fewer complications
    David Crosby, a retired insurance claims examiner from Hanover, Massachusetts, began using Medihoney two months ago on a 2 1/2-year-old burn on his leg after high-tech treatments did not help. The burn's size has shrunk by half and it continues to heal.

    "At this stage, any improvement's better than nothing," Crosby said.

    Dr. Craig Lambrecht, a North Dakota emergency physician, started using a paste version of Medihoney while serving with the National Guard in Iraq last winter.

    At a military clinic for Iraqi children, he used it on patients with severe burns from cooking fuels, open fires and explosions. He said Iraqi families soon preferred the honey over other treatments because it was natural and because the honey dressings don't need to be changed as often as traditional ones. The children also healed more quickly and with fewer complications, he said.

    After seeing its success in Iraq, Lambrecht, who has five children of his own, is a fan.

    "I would use the Medihoney on burns on my children, as the first choice, without question," he said.

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    Manuka honey is great on toast! A bit pricey in the states though.

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    All praise the honey I say

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