What is better against aphthous ulcers? Honey applied with a cotton swab three times a day after meals was compared head-to-head with an over-the-counter, soothing, pain reliever paste and prescription steroid cream.
We‘and known about painful aphthous ulcers, commonly known as canker sores, For thousands of years. “They are the most common “oral mucosa” lesion, the mucous membrane of the mouth, which was perhaps named by Hippocrates himself. What did he prescribe for it? He “recommended Honey for wounds on the head, ears and penis ”, although the first“ written record of honey as a wound healing agent is from the year 2600-2200 ”. ECB“So he was hit the Beat by several millennia from the ancient Egyptians in this regard. Honey was too known to the ancient Chinese and maybe is “the oldest wound dressing material known to mankind. “ How about an update after a few thousand years? I provide one in my video Topical honey for canker sores.
Apparently, honey has been used successfully to treat a number of wounds, including chronic ulcers. The evidence is seemingly strongest for burns, but compared to what? Compared to a boiled potato peel? I’m not making that up. One study found that honey appears job for burns twice as good as wound dressings made from boiled potato peel, perhaps because of an antibacterial effect, while potato peel only seems to cover wounds, similar to using carcass skin. Carcass skin? I would choose a potato peel that has “held an important place in the treatment of burns in the developing world”. What else can you do in a resource-poor country?
Here we have antibiotics for infections, so quality of Healing is more often defined by the aesthetic appearance of the resulting scar. How does honey behave with scars? Plastic surgery patient would have covered half of her surgical scar with conventional bandages and covered the other half of the same scar with a honey bandage. The honey-covered half of the scar healed around a third more narrowly than the conventionally covered half, which indicates an improvement in the healing process.
What about canker sores? In a study reporting in 19 cases, All participants started with severe pain, but after just one day of rubbing honey on the wound, their pain was drastically reduced. In fact, in 92 percent of patients, the pain disappeared after just one day of treatment. In addition, in most cases, the ulcer had completely disappeared by the third or fourth day. However, there was no control group, so we don’t know whether the participants might have gotten better anyway or if there is a placebo effect.
“M.Modern medicine has neglected honey as a therapeutic agent” because the science was bad–essentially just a series of published anecdotes. However, one could argue that there never was a significant side Effects related to topical use of honey, so what’s to lose? I sympathize with that logic, but I’d really like to put it to the test. There weren’t any good studies until… A Randomized Controlled Study checked Honey head to head versus a steroid gel for canker sores.
There are all kinds of treatments Doctors can prescribe canker sores–topical agents like steroids and antibiotics, systemic drugs, and even laser therapy – but why not seek out? “the least toxic and safest means” first? It might not be the most profitable, but why not start with the safest?
Researchers randomized subjects with canker sores into one of three groups. Three times a day after meals, they were given either an over-the-counter soothing pain reliever paste, a prescription steroid cream, or just commercial honey, Apply directly to the cancerous tumor with a sterile cotton swab. What happened? With the over-the-counter paste, the pain was cut in half on the fourth day and disappeared on the eighth day. The prescription steroids cut pain in half away in just two days and at four. And the honey group? Do you remember that series of cases that called for complete pain relief in just one day? It was finally put to the test, and indeed there was complete pain relief within a day – and honey is about 500 times cheaper. You can get a graph of the results at 3:38 in my. see Video.
What about the ulcers themselves?? The canker sores were usually gone after eight days with the pain relieving paste, at seven days on the steroids, and within three days with honey. And, ulcer size was cut in half with honey in just one day, as opposed to three or four days with the steroids or pain reliever paste. I show before and after pictures of the honey treatment at 4:28 in mine Video.
With the current honey there is was a significant acceleration of the healing and resolution of pain “without a systemic side Effects”—Or local site Effects, for that matter–whereas the topical antibiotics sometimes used can have a variety of side effects Side effects, including allergic reactions and tooth discoloration. Another benefit of honey is that it doesn’t lead to the development of antibiotic resistance.
This was a single-blind study, i.e. the researcher Assess the ulcers did not know which of the groups everyone The patient was there, but the patient You yourself probably knew because honey would have a completely different taste and texture than an over-the-counter paste or topical steroid. The Prophet Mohammad was a big fan of honey and that The study was conducted in Saudi Arabia, so it is possible that this may have biased it as well, but given the exceptional results, perhaps honey should be tried.
The benefits of honey can is due in part to the phytonutrients in the flowers that make up the bees make the honey, so why not try the flowers right away? Researcher found that a chamomile extract appeared to cut the pain in half within ten minutes of use, but they did‘t follow the participants in terms of healing. Two drops of a 2 percent lavender oil in glycerine solution three times a day Likewise would have an immediate effect on the pain and, more importantly, seemed to accelerate healing, eradicating the ulcers on the fourth day and relieving the pain after a day or two compared to more than one week for the placebo group.
Regardless of how you plan to treat your canker sores, if you continue to get them you should: see a doctor to make sure it is not a sign of an underlying condition. There are a number of medical conditions that can manifest as chronic cancerous ulcer–Type lesions, such as inflammatory bowel disease or acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. Also on the list of “Diagnostic Considerations for Oral Aphthous Ulcers” are “Sweet Syndrome” and “MAGIC Syndrome”.” What is MAGIC Syndrome? Only “mouth and genital ulcers with inflamed cartilage”. ” I think I’ll stay a muggle.
THE CENTRAL THESES
- Cancerous ulcers (aphthous ulcers) are the most common lesion of the oral mucosa.
- Honey has been touted as a remedy for thousands of years, including by Hippocrates, the ancient Egyptians, and the ancient Chinese.
- In a randomized, controlled trial, honey was tested against a steroid gel for canker sores and an over-the-counter, soothing pain reliever paste. The researchers found that the honey provided complete pain relief in just one day, compared to four days for the steroid gel and eight days for the paste.
- The canker sores themselves mostly disappeared within three days with honey, compared with seven days with the steroid gel and eight days with the pain reliever paste.
- Topical honey leads to a significant acceleration of healing and pain relief without systemic or local side effects such as allergic reactions, tooth discoloration and antibiotic resistance.
- A chamomile extract can also help relieve pain, and a lavender oil in glycerin solution can be effective for pain and also speed healing.
- Chronic canker sores require examination by your doctor to make sure they are not caused by an underlying disease.
What about cancerous ulcer prevention in the first place? For some people, diet can be the culprit. See my videos Aphthous Ulcer Mystery solved and The role of dairy products and gluten in canker sores. You might also want to stop by Best supplement for canker sores.
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