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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:892

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Protocols in human studies of raw honey used in surgical wound healing vary from applying it twice daily to every hour. A review of the medicinal value of honey in the International Journal of Clinical Practice (2007;61:1705-7 doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2007.01417.x) says that honey is especially indicated when wounds become infected or fail to close. It may be indicated even more for the wounds left by laparoscopic surgery to remove cancer. Manuka seems to be the honey of choice.

Much has been written about the effect of giving the results of …

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