Eastport, NY (PressExposure) April 27, 2009 -- For those who don't know exactly what Manuka Honey is, it is a premium, medical-grade honey that is derived from the nectar of the flowers that grow on the Manuka Tea Tree, which is indigenous to New Zealand. Honey of any floral source has been found to contain a certain degree of healing properties. However, it has been discovered that Manuka Honey has the most and is more suitable for medicinal use.
It is important to know, however, that not all Manuka Honey is medical-grade. Each batch of Manuka Honey has varied levels of healing properties. In New Zealand, where Manuka Honey is produced and packaged, reputable honey suppliers perform laboratory tests to ensure the antibacterial potency of their honey. One common rating system measures the antibacterial potency on a scale from 0-30. This rating system, known as UMF or Unique Manuka Factor, is comparable to the percentage of the antibacterial activity of phenol. For example, Manuka Honey UMF 10 is equivalent to a 10% solution of phenol.
The higher the UMF rating, the higher the Manuka Honey's antibacterial potency. Only Manuka Honey UMF 10 or higher is considered to be active and suitable for therapeutic use. Although, extraordinarily potent Manuka Honey (i.e. 20+) is somewhat unnecessary and overkill. A good medium range UMF rating is most desirable (i.e. UMF 16). A low UMF rating (i.e. UMF 9 or less) may not have the curative qualities that most people expect from Manuka Honey.
There are some doctors and medical professionals that feel the majority of health conditions are caused by some type of infectious microorganism (i.e. bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite). What makes Manuka Honey so effective is that it is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. Therefore, it is safe to assume that any health complication that is caused by one of these pesty, little microbes can be effectively combated (i.e. ulcers, infections, ringworm, lice, etc.).
"Since Manuka Honey is a natural ingredient, it has been found to have no negative side effects when used for medical purposes," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International, which is a manufacturer of Manuka Honey products. "Even the most resilient bacteria are no match for Manuka Honey's unparalleled antimicrobial properties, such as MRSA and VRE."
Manuka Honey is gaining worldwide recognition for its amazing healing ability. Manuka Honey can be taken orally or used topically on the skin. Just as long as it comes in direct contact with the affected area, it will yield immediate results.
Manuka Honey is being considered the ultimate natural healer by many and, in most cases, can outperform antibiotics and traditional forms of medicine.