MRSA Treatment: Manuka Honey?

Researchers from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff have discovered that a special kind of honey called Manuka honey can control the deadly bacterial infection known as Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA.

The researchers revealed that they treated MRSA cells with Manuka honey and found out that the number of their cell protein decreased. Fabl, a main protein of MRSA that has a big role in fatty acid biosynthesis, appear to have been totally destroyed after the honey treatment, they said.

MRSA causes about 18,000 deaths in the US annually, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The deadly infection is highly resistant to most traditional anti-biotics.

Before the discovery that it could cure MRSA, Manuka honey has long been used to treat wound, burns, stomach ulcers, sore throats, cancer sores, fungus like athlete’s foot and some type of acne. It is a mono-floral honey from bees that gather nectar from Manuka bush flowers.

Manuka bush, also called as Leptospernum scoparium, is a primitive bush in New Zealand in the south.

Recently, Destiny Pharma, a Sussex pharmaceutical company developed an anti-MRSA drug called XF-73 which, acording to them, can kill MRSA within five minutes.