Manuka honey benefits are popular and well known by complementary medicine practitioners such as naturopaths and homeopaths as well as by laypeople.

From its discovery in New Zealand centuries ago until our modern age, humanity around the globe has benefitted in multiple and unimaginable ways from this simple New Zealand honey.

Because of it’s rising consumer and health usage, researchers have been conducting clinical trials since 1981 in order to scientifically discover and confirm Manuka honey’s wide spectrum of benefits.

Despite the fact that more research is ongoing for certain health conditions, the research is actually very promising, contrary to ungrounded claims such as those posted by skeptics.Manuka Honey Benefits

Unfortunately, there is no research showing the effectiveness of Manuka honey for acne or eczema, although you can find lots of anecdotal evidence on Google.

Even in some hospitals around the world, Manuka honey is used as a last resort medicine to treat tough bacterial infections from bacteria such as MRSA.


Here is some of the research out there:



Study #1

Researchers: Eric Hammond and Eric Donkor.

Year: 2013.

Journal: BMC Research Notes.

Participants/Method: Doses of Manuka honey were applied to 3 different broth solutions of Clostridium difficile, a pathogen causing intestine inflammation.

Results: Manuka honey was shown to effectively stop and destroy the pathogen.

Click here to see the source of this study.


Study #2

Researchers: H.K. English, A.R. Pack, P.C. Molan.

Year: 2004.Manuka Honey Benefits

Journal: Journal of International Academic of Periodontology.

Participants/Method: In this pilot study, 30 volunteers were chosen to either chew or suck on a Manuka honey product, or on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes, 3x/day after every meal for 21 days.

The researchers wanted to look to see if Manuka honey had an effect on fighting plaque and gingivitis

Results: Manuka honey was shown to be significantly better in treating plaque and gingivitis than the placebo chewing gum

Click here to see an abstract of this study.


Study #3

Researchers: Prakash et. al.

Year: 2008.

Journal: Phytotherapy Research.

Participants/Method: 30 male and female rats were induced with inflammatory bowel disease and then divided into 5 treatment groups: ethanol, TNBS, 5 grams of Manuka honey, 10 grams of Manuka honey, or sulfasalazine. The rats were treated with their respective substances for 14 days.

Results: Although more research is needed to confirm these results beyond a doubt, the study suggested that Manuka honey effectively healed the inflammation and pain in the intestines.

Additionally, it offered protection against more potential intestinal damages, much more significantly than the other controls.

Click here too see this study in its original format.


Study #4

Researchers: Tonks, et. al.

Year: 2007.

Journal: Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

Participants/Method: Researchers examined the contents of Manuka honey and its biological effect on the immune system

Results: They discovered that Manuka was able to stimulate immune cells using the TLR4 protein, and they recommended using Manuka money for a variety of chronic and acute wounds.

Click here for the source of this study.


Study #5

Researchers: Sarah E. Maddocks,  Marta Salinas Lopez,  Richard S. Rowlands, Rose A. Cooper.

Year: 2007.Manuka Honey Benefits

Journal: Microbiology.

Participants/Method: Manuka honey was tested to see if it could fight the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, which causes sore throats.

Results: In their own words: “These findings indicate that manuka honey has potential in the topical treatment of wounds containing 

Click here for the source.


Study #6

Researchers: Somal, Coley, Molan, Hancock.

Year: 1993.

Journal: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Participants/Method: Examining the effects of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (which has been linked to intestinal inflammation, stomach ulcers, and even stomach cancer, among other  related intestinal illnesses), researchers wanted to see Manuka honey’s effect on this type of bacteria.

Results: Manuka honey was successfully able to reduce the growth of this bacteria, even at a more minimal dosage than other honeys within a 72 hour period.

Click here for the source of this study.

Study #7

Researchers: Natarjan & others.

Year: 2001.

Journal: Journal of Dermatological Treatment.

Participants/Method: Doctors topically used Manuka honey to attempt to treat a leg ulcer emanating from the MRSA bacteria, without any other conventional methods.

Results: The MRSA was destroyed followed by very a quick healing process on the infected area. They concluded that Manuka honey, and honey in general, “can promote effective wound healing.

Click here to see the source of this study.





Manuka Honey Benefits are REAL

Although there is not so much research specifically proving Manuka honey’s benefit on treating certain symptoms such as allergies and insomnia, there are studies that demonstrate regular honey’s effectiveness in these areas.


Manuka Honey Benefits


So therefore, it’s almost logical to assume that if there are certain benefits in regular honey, then of course, Manuka honey also has those benefits too.

In most cases, Manuka honey can definitely be more effective in fighting those conditions than regular honey, though there are exceptions.


What Even Regular Honey Can Do For You!

Although it does not have as close to the amount of antibacterial enzymes as Manuka honey, regular honey has still been shown to treat…




surgical wounds.

To see a nice clinical review of regular honey’s benefits, see this.

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Ariel Baradarian

Ariel Baradarian, CCH is an experienced holistic certified homeopathic practitioner with success in addressing a wide variety of mental, emotional, and physical ailments in men, women, and children of all stripes. He works both alongside local medical and integrative doctors and their patients as well as with his own growing, global private practice, both in person in his office in Queens, NY and globally via video chat sessions. Ariel is also a natural health blogger and chief editor of, which is dedicated to helping others heal on all levels using various types of natural healing, including homeopathy. In addition, he is the New York Producer of the Vibrant Living Network, an inspiring organization dedicated to promoting a community natural and holistic health, mindful consciousness, relational intelligence and more!

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  • I have myself used honey on my acne prone face and I can tell you that it has had tremendous effect. It actually stops the pimple in its developmental stages and helps to heal zits and fade scars faster and more effectively. I just use it as a mask every other day and it works beautifully.

    • Cool! Now just imagined if you tried Manuka honey, how much more efficient the healing or beauty clean up would be! But it’s also interesting that you saw great results with regular honey…..thanks for sharing!

  • Exactly! Really shows you the power of honey. I will try and see if I can get my hands on some Manuka honey. I want to know what the difference is between the two and what the results would be.. 🙂


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