Honey improves healing of circumscribed excision injury to the paniculus adiposus in albino rats

  • OI Osuegbu
  • OE Yama
  • EI Edibamode
  • NA Awolola
  • AB Clement
  • CI Amah


Background: Honey promotes wound healing.
Objective: In this study, we described the anatomical perspective of honey on wound healing in male rats. Methods: The twenty-four male rats used were randomly divided equally into treated Experimental (E) and Control (C) groups. Infliction of wound done under anaesthesia; honey was used for wound dressing in E, distilled water firmly held by plaster in C. Monitoring of wound contraction were carried out at the interval of three days till the wound healed. The histology of granulation tissue excised from the wounds of rats was also done.
Results: Mean wound contraction (%) of rats in E on days 3, 6, and 9 were: 35.32±5.5; 57.56±0.7 and 82.30±0.9 % compared to 26.50±1.2; 46.69±0.4 and 61.24±1.0 % of rats in C. Honey treated groups showed significant increase (p < 0.05) in percentage of wound contraction in all treatment days. Complete wound closure day was also significantly shorter. On day 3, E showed a more intense infiltration by neutrophils and macrophages as well as features suggestive of edema and necrosis. On day 9, the connective tissues of E revealed markedly increased fibroblasts, less neutrophils, and presence of numerous new capillary blood vessels.
Conclusion: The use of honey accelerates the wound healing process.


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