Why Manuka Honey?
Manuka Health's MGO® Manuka Honey is a supersaturated solution of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose, and fructose), and approximately 17% water. This mixture exerts a strong attraction for water and, when placed in a wound bed, draws fluid up from the underlying tissues. This osmotic activity bathes the wound bed causing autolytic debridement - softening and lifting slough, eschar, and devitalized tissues from the wound.
The low pH of honey (approximately 3.5) also promotes healing by maintaining a "sour" wound environment. Low pH has been shown to increase the availability of oxygen from hemoglobin, decrease the damaging effects of high protease activity, and create a medium that is generally inhospitable to bacterial growth.
The Manuka Health Wound Dressings are based on a proven hydrogel platform that combines glycerin in a highly absorbent gel matrix. The dressing conforms to the wound bed to maintain a moist wound surface and absorbs large amounts of exudate without drying out the wound bed.
The high absorbency allows the dressing to be left in place for extended times, but will not stick to the wound bed – the result is less frequent dressing changes without risk of retraumatizing the wound. The hydrogel sheet is backed with a vapor-permeable membrane that controls evaporative loss to maintain a moist wound environment without fluid build-up that can lead to periulceral maceration.
The exceptional absorbency of the hydrogel matrix is ideally matched to the action of the medical grade manuka honey as it absorbs the excess lymph generated by the honey's osmotic pull.
For all of these reasons, Manuka Honey wound care products are ideal in the treatment of wounds.