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My Manuka Honey update 1 week on

This article is specificly a progress report on my first week taking Manuka Honey after my article Manuka Honey – The Bees Knees?

To start of I would like to say that taking Manuka Honey is hardly any problem at all, as Honey goes its lovely and I certainly haven’t had to spread it on toast or mix it in to food. In fact I actually feel like Winnie-the-Pooh sat there eating honey, something I could get quite used to and I’m sure many of you could too. It’s certainly nothing like taking extracted Aloe Vera which is a rather unique experience and I still enjoy watching the faces of innocent victims who I may have convinced to try some of that.

The positive side

Anyway I digress as ususal. The first three days of taking 5ml of Honey at night were really quite good, I simply had three good days. Now although its rare to have three good days I can not make any assurances it was down to the Honey. The effects felt were an increase in energy and a slight decrease of pain, fatigue and fog. Now say for a moment this was the Honey, I could say that it was more effective than any drug other than Morphine and no drug for Fibro I have taken has been responsible for this scale of improvement. However I can not say this is down to the Manuka Honey, without a proper double blind clinical trial I would not say the Honey is beneficial or push the taking of it. All you can hope for is for me to say something like “I think its worth a try as it could have been responsible for an improvement in me and my great uncle” however we are no means there yet.

The Honey also seemed to have an effect on Morphine withdrawal which is surprising as according to my specialists they don’t know of anything that can truly help in that department. What seemed to happen was a delay to withdrawal, in fact I actually accidentally did not take any Oramorph for 12 hours by accident, this is because I am used to letting my body tell me when it needs morphine as I’m trying to cut down unsuccessfully (but that’s another story.)

The negative side

Unfortunately after three days there was a change, now I have to say at this point I had been advised to increase from 5ml to 10ml a day which I wish I had not done as the increase could also have caused the following problems. Firstly was a change in the effects on morphine withdrawal, Instead of seeing the warning signs I simply didn’t see any, I then hit a big withdrawal wall as if I had been ignoring it for an hour or too. So the a Honey was possibly responsible for increasing the onset in severity of withdrawal. I then found I was having to take quite large doses to rescue myself, something I’m not entirely happy with. Also I have been getting headaches mainly in the evening a few hours before I’m due my next dose. Now this could be because I’m taking it every 24 hours instead of 12 but I am concerned its having an impact on my blood sugar. I get headaches quite a bit and they are normally attributable to a cause, perhaps I have had more sugar in previous days and suddenly stopped (occasional sour worms sweet habit), perhaps I had had too much sugar, a lack of caffeine, dehydration etc etc. So I am quite sensitive to things like that, when I guess the cause right I can eliminate the headache in as little as 10 minutes but sometimes it can last hours after trying everything. In this case I have decide to reduce back down to 5ml and if it continues I’m going to monitor blood pressure and blood sugar levels more as its a little concerning.

So overall in week one it’s been a mixed bag, a very good start to the week but not such a great ending. As I’ve said I have no idea if this is down to the Honey one bit but as people experienced with Fibro will say we know something is responsible for changing something to our normal balance. It’s made things a little more unpredictable and I can just tell there is something going on in my body that’s new. So I’m going to continue with 5ml once a day, I have two Jars and I will see them through as long as side effects are mild or moderate and I will report back. I certainly feel I need to give it more time, perhaps I’m just adjusting to it, perhaps I was fighting one of the many cold viruses going round my family at the moment, who knows. But as ever I will keep you posted.

Product Information

I am taking 5ml of 12+TA “ManukaPharm” Manuka Honey each night

Have you tried a Manuka a Honey?

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Manuka Honey – The Bees Knees?

Manuka honey has been recommended by an extended family member with Diagnosed M.E. as I have been bought two jars and a skin cream its probably worth me trying it out. I will be taking about 5ml of 12+TA “ManukaPharm” Manuka Honey a day while not changing medication within my review period. For information my other medication is Amitryptilyne 50mg/day, Duloxetine 60mg/day, Vitamin D 25mcg, Testosterone (gel) 50mg/day, Oramorph average 75mg/day, Buprenorphine 10mcg/hr & Topical Dovobet when required for Psorasis.

My family member has cited a reduction in pain and fatigue after taking Manuka honey so I’m going to see if there is any noticeable difference in my condition. My attitude towards it is sceptical with a small dose of hope, obviously this is hardly a scientific test but it will be interesting to see. My family member is going on a cruise soon that he believes he would have never attempted without the benefits the honey has brought to him. Most people with M.E./CFS/Fibromyalgia will say they would try anything to get some relief and I am no different. After doing some research this is what I have found:

About the honey itself

Manuka honey is mainly produced in New Zealand where Bee’s only collect pollen from the indigenous Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) in controlled environments. Since it has become popular Manuka is now being grown in other countries including the UK. The honey being sold as medically beneficial is referred to as being “active” in that it contains active enzymes that continue to react chemically within the Honey. This is measured in laboratory tests and is called the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) or TA (Total Activity).i was surprised to learn that the honey is licensed by the NHS in the UK for the treatment of MRSA for cancer patients since 2004. In 2010, the scientific steering committee of the US National Cancer Institute approved a proposal for the use of manuka honey for the reduction of inflammation of the oesophagus associated with chemotherapy.

Obviously they honey is cited as beneficial in a number of other areas by alternative health practitioners, these areas include treatment of bacterial infection, treatment of inflammation, would healing, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, a variety of ENT (Ear Nose & Throat) problems, eczema, acne, gastrointestinal problems and even reduction of plaque in the mouth. Research on these areas is not as detailed but some evidence is out there. Components of the honey include Hydrogen Peroxide which has an antibiotic quality, Methylglyoxal (MG) which is antibacterial and comes from the conversion of another compound – dihydroxyacetone – that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. Researchers into the effects of honey on bacteria have observed changes in the lengths of bacterial cells, cells bursting open, and changes in the appearance of the DNA inside the cells which could of course bring benefits to the patient. Honey can also benefit the skin because its effect of Osmosis which can alter hydration in cells themselves bringing particular benefit to skin when changes in moisture levels of skin cells can be so important.

A word of warning however, through my research I have come across various scams in relation to Manuka Honey. In some cases cheap honey is being sold as Manuka Honey when it isn’t. In others Manuka Honey has been cooked or heated to produce a high UMF rating so watch out for high ratings too.

I will report back my findings after taking Manuka Honey over a period of time to see if it has any noticeable effect. I will also be testing a Manuka Honey Skin Cream on Psoriasis that I will discuss in a separate article. Has anyone tried Manuka Honey hoping for health benefits? What were your experiences? I would really like to hear your comments that can be left under any article or page, just remember to check for the confirmation email or your comments will not be authorised.

Further Reading

“‘Bug busting’ properties of honey assessed” on the NHS choices website published March 18 2013
The Effect of New Zealand Kanuka, Manuka and Clover Honeys on Bacterial Growth Dynamics and Cellular Morphology Varies According to the Species” on PLoS ONE Published online February 13 2013
Manuka honey is the bees knees” on the independent.co.uk published online May 26 2009
Manuka Honey on the webmd.com website
Stung by fraudsters: How cheap honey is being sold as ‘liquid gold’ manuka variety at £45 a jar” on the Daily Mail website published August 25th 2013
Manuka Honey Ratings Explained” on the greenbayharvest.co.uk website
Harnessing honey’s healing power” on the BBC News website published online June 8th 2004

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