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February 20, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Honey: The Latest Remedy for Peptic Ulcers

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This Author

My boyfriend has a peptic ulcer caused by H. pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause infection. After he eats, Brad often tells me it feels like someone is punching him in the stomach. His face pinches in pain during these bouts, and I often hear him struggling to breathe normally.

Over the last eight months, Brad has taken any number of medications designed to help heartburn and reduce the effects of H. pylori. Some of these include Pepcid AC, Pepto Bismol, and Prilosec. The problem is that not one of these has helped, and the National Cancer Institute now recognizes H. pylori as a carcinogen. Epidemiology studies have shown that individuals infected with the bacteria have an increased risk of stomach cancer. This risk is six times higher compared to people not infected with H. pylori.

A Sweet Remedy

With this in mind, Brad has become quite eager to treat his infection and heal his ulcer, so he spoke with his doctor and was instructed to begin taking one daily teaspoon of raw honey. The medicinal history associated with honey is both positive and extensive. Raw honey as opposed (to most honeys which are heated) retain even more of their beneficial properties including:

Raw Honey Nutrients

Raw Honey Benefits


Boost Immunity








Promotes Digestive Health


Powerful Antioxidant


Helps Manage Allergies


Excellent Remedy for Skin Wounds


Helps Stabilize Blood Pressure

Sodium Chlorine

Helps Balance Blood Sugar Levels


Relieves Pain


Treats Stomach Ulcers

Of course, honey varies from region to region and from keeper to keeper depending on the type of flowers the bees frequent. Manuka honey which is native to New Zealand, is a particularly beneficial type, because of it's methylglyoxal (MGO) content - a chemical studies have shown to be an even more effective antibacterial agent than standard honey and specifically effective against H. pylori bacteria. Hence the reason Brad is now taking it.

Consult a Physician

Generally, honey is safe, but as with any new diet, exercise regimen, or supplement being added to your daily regimen, it's a good idea to consult your physician first. Babies under 1 year old should never be given honey because of the risk of botulism.


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1 Comment

  • Good article! I kept my husbands skin ulcer on his ankle from going sepsis with honey. It wasn't raw honey but at the time it was all I had in the house. His doctor was astounded and made notes on my procedure. Skin ulcers have to be treated immediately and "full on" or they can quickly become a major problem and even result in amputation.

    Will be following your articles. We think alike!

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