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Honey-Ginger Combination More Effective Than Conventional Antibiotics

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 7, 2016

HoneyGinger

Both honey and ginger have a history of both culinary and medicinal use that stretches back at least to the time of the ancient Egyptians and they have been prized in the East and West alike on both accounts. All around the world, both of these have been used at various times to treat infection and a variety of other ailments.

That is why this latest research, which combined honey and ginger together in a powerfully antimicrobial mixture, is so interesting: it shows that, while both honey and ginger on their own are potent healers, in combination with one another they are truly amazing – even against the most serious bacterial strains.

The New Study

This latest research is coming out of the University of Gondar’s College of Medicine in Ethiopia and it is shedding new light on both the efficacy of ginger and honey and on ways in which resistant strains of bacteria can be managed naturally. In this study, scientists found that the combination of honey and ginger together was able to inhibit the growth and proliferation of even serious bacterial strains like e. coli and MRSA.

In this study, ginger extract, honey extract and a combination of the two were tested in vitro for their effect on several strains of bacteria, including the ones mentioned above. Their effectiveness was compared to that of three popular conventional antibiotics – methicillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin.

The results surprised researchers: the honey extract and ginger extract independently had more pronounced anti-microbial effects than any of the three conventional antibiotics, though of the three, the penicillin did the best. However, the most effective treatment of all in regards to inhibition of bacteria was the combined extract of both ginger and honey, which proved to be around 5 times effective as the least potent drug, methicillin.

Implications

The implications of this study are vast. With the rise of superbugs, or drug-resistant forms of bacteria that are difficult to treat with modern techniques, the heat is on to find alternative treatments that are going to help those who are infected by MRSA, VRE or other superbugs that are more effective than what modern medicine now has to offer. And the number of new cases of resistant drugs that have come out in recent years is adding even more urgency to the search.

Hopefully, more studies will continue along these lines to harness of the power of ginger, honey and other natural sources to come up with alternative therapies to help effectively treat drug-resistant bacterial strains. The number of new cases of such infections and the economic and human costs of them makes research like this more important than ever.

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Stuck On Honey

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 13, 2009

EthioBees

When I was a kid, my parents found a swarm of bees in our courtyard. These worker bees seemed to have followed their Queen bee, which for some reason preferred to come to our place. So, we decide to give her free service, and have been able to keep and semi-domesticate all her fellow insects, and harvest excess honey for a couple of years, up until some mysterious circumstances caused the death of the colonies.

As an individual who is stuck on honey much, our “home-produced” honey remained my favorite one for a long time, until I tested the most amazing honey last week at my friends’ house. My friends just got back from Ethiopia, and brought raw, thyme/eucalyptus honey with them. Honestly speaking, I have tested hundreds of different honey brands and qualities from all continents, but this one from the Ethiopian region of Gojjam, is exquisite. The color, the clarity, the aroma, specially the flavor is unparalleled, one can feel something special on the mucous membrane of the throat when you slide a piece of pancake, filled with this sort of honey. Simply great!

EthioHoneySo, I was given some spoons of this unique honey to take it home. Yesterday, when I got home, my flat was literally occupied by another swarm of bees. I had left the jar opened, so the honey was an attractor for them, and they got in to take what belongs to them. But this time, I couldn’t keep them all with me, because I was unable to identify the Queen bee…then I thought, these days, organic honey is quite scarce to find, both for the insects and humans.

Rank

Country 2005

Thousand metric tonnes

Global honey production in %

1.

China

298

21.5

2.

Turkey

82.3

5.9

3.

Argentina

80

5.8

4.

United States

79.2

5.7

5.

Ukraine

71.5

5.1

6.

Russia

52.1

3.8

7.

India

52

3.7

8.

Mexico

50.6

3.6

9.

Ethiopia

39

2.8

10.

Spain

37

2.7

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