Not long ago, I talked about using honey to help wounds heal. Well, it turns out that honey is not the only sweetener that has this property. Sugar does too!
Moses Murandu, a senior lecturer at a British university who grew up in Zimbabwe, is a believer in this treatment. And he should be - his father created it! But he isn't just taking his father's word for it. He's testing it out himself, and getting great results.
Murandu grew up watching his father use granulated sugar on hospital patients to heal wounds and decrease pain. But when he moved to the United Kingdom, he was surprised that no one else used this method. So he decided to create a research trial to see if the treatment really worked. He tested out the technique on patients with injuries, such as leg ulcers, amputations, and bed sores.
Amputee patient Alan Bayliss was one such treatment recipient. He had his right leg amputated above the knee due to an ulcer. And the surgeon removed a vein from his left leg in the process. Despite regular dressings being applied to the wound on his left leg, it simply wouldn't heal. It was very frustrating for the 62-year-old electrical engineer — until his nurses called in Murandu.
Murandu applied the sugar treatment, and then waited to see the results. Just two weeks after the treatment, Bayliss' wound had decreased in size and healed significantly. In fact, he said, "It has been revolutionary. The actual wound was very deep - it was almost as big as my finger. When Moses first did the dressing, he almost used the whole pot of sugar, but two weeks later he needed to use only four or five teaspoons. I am very pleased indeed. I feel that it has speeded up my recovery a lot, and it has been a positive step forward. I was a little skeptical at first, but once I saw the sugar in operation and how much it was drawing the wound out, I was impressed."
Bayliss' nurses also were impressed. Not only did the treatment help him physically, it also helped him psychologically. Waiting for the wound to heal was becoming very frustrating. When the sugar treatment worked, it gave Bayliss a lot of hope for his recovery.
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Other patients are experiencing similar results. Murandu is currently halfway through his randomized control trial, and so far 35 patients have received the effective treatment. None of them have experienced any adverse effects.
Of course, if you're used to hearing that sugar is bad for you, you may be surprised to hear that it can be so helpful in healing. But wounds have trouble healing when they're full of bacteria, and bacteria need water in order to grow. Using the sugar draws the water away. Without the water, the bacteria stop growing and eventually die, allowing the wound to heal. Of course, it works only from the outside, so no matter how badly you've injured yourself, eating a bowl of ice cream won't do anything to help the situation!
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Kelly Fitzgerald. "Sugar May Help With Wound Healing, Trial Underway." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 15 Feb. 2013. Web. 15 Feb. 2013. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256410.php>