Honey is a food with proven medicinal benefits and therefore, is known as a "nutraceutical." There is a resounding list of praise to attest to the many benefits of honey; from specific ailments cured to a resurgence of energy and relief of fatigue and lethargy. However, millions of honey loving foodies are often surprised to learn that honey heals, yet for thousands of years, honey has been used as a natural method of fighting infection. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine and founder of medical ethics, knew the connection between food and good health way back in the fourth century. He believed in honey as the great golden healer. He used it and prescribed it for his patients writing that "honey causes heat, cleans sores and ulcers, softens hard ulcers of the lips and heals running sores." It was used in this way for hundreds of years until after Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) discovered the antibiotic, penicillin in 1928 when the well adopted use of honey in surgery and in medicine began to take a back seat. But in more recent years, the growth in drug-resistant infections, or "superbugs" such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), has encouraged a change in perception). In many hospitals, raw antibacterial honey is used to treat infections that no modern drug has success in treating; everything from abscesses and fungal infections to non-healing wounds following surgery. Honey contains over 180 properties, a balance not available in any other food. There is no doubt that many of the medicinal, antibacterial and healing properties of honey still baffle modern scientists. Honey's true worth and performance against infected surgical wounds and skin infections works when everything else has failed.
Source: Gloria Havenhand, author of Honey: Nature’s Golden Healer.