An old family remedy using sugar to heal wounds is being trialled at a number of hospitals in Birmingham, with positive results so far.
Sugar has been shown to treat wounds in a new study
Nurse Moses Murandu, originally from Zimbabwe, is a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Health. He grew up watching his father use granulated sugar to treat wounds.
After moving to the UK, Murandu noticed that sugar was not used for this practise elsewhere. To see whether the remedy could be replicated here, Moses began a trial of the sugar remedy on patients with injuries like leg ulcers, amputations and bed sores.
His randomised control trial at three West Midlands hospitals is halfway through, and 35 patients have been treated so far with no adverse effects.
One of his patients, 62 year old Mr Alan Bayliss, has spoken about the physical and psychological benefits of the sugar treatment. Mr Bayliss suffered from a wound on his leg which would not heal.
Just two weeks after treatment, the wound had decreased in size and made great healing progress. He said: "It has been revolutionary. The actual wound was very deep - it was almost as big as my finger.
"When Moses first did the dressing he almost used the whole pot of sugar, but two weeks later he only needed to use four or five teaspoons.”
"I am very pleased indeed. I feel that it has speeded up my recovery a lot, and it has been a positive step forward. I was a little sceptical at first but once I saw the sugar in operation and how much it was drawing the wound out, I was impressed."
Nurses monitoring Mr Bayliss said the treatment also benefitted him in a psychological way.
Sugar is thought to draw water away from wounds, starving the bacteria of what it needs to grow. Consequently, bacteria are prevented from multiplying, and they die. Treating wounds with sugar has actually been a wives’ tale for a number of years.
Murandu had previously stated: “While salt is painful, sugar is not and it reduces the pain drastically. Sugar is also much cheaper than expensive medicines and it has proven to be just as effective.”
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2013