Senior nurse Helena Kristina Halbwachs emphasized in the presentation at the facilities of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum that over the years there has been much scientific evidence on the benefits of medicinal honey which is recognized by international guidelines as a means to better wound healing. Thus, in several documents, the European Alliance for the Treatment of Wounds is also mentioned.
According to the research, the effects are very diverse. Initially, antibacterial effects were discussed in particular, and recent studies have also emphasized effects on the immune system or immunomodulatory effects. These are the effects of medicinal honey adapting to the condition of the wound, which science still can not explain very well, added Halbwachs.
Chestnut honey doctor for medical treatment purposes has been used for more than a decade at the Ptuj General Hospital. According to Skender Veliu, a specialist in general surgery, chestnut honey is useful for the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. In practice, it is mainly used to treat chronic wounds, and this is very successful, he pointed out.
A chestnut coating may be used at any stage of the healing of a chronic wound, i.e. immediately upon removal from any possible death, or in the subsequent course of healing, or until complete closure of the wound. It is also possible to use it in the tube when the condition allows.
Medicinal honey acts as anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, prevents and destabilizes the biofilm, reduces the unpleasant odor of the wound and promotes granulation and epithelization. Honey sugar provides energy to the cells, and the ideal honey viscosity facilitates cell migration and faster edge closure.
In particular, Veliu warned that patients should not make patches of homemade honey from a glass. Medicinal honey is prepared differently, it is sterilized by a special procedure. "Eat it, but it's more expensive," he remarked.
Mojca Šimnic Šolinc, director of Tosama, stressed that this is an extremely effective product developed over a decade ago by Vivamel Medical Honey. Chestnut medicinal honey is in many respects unique among honey, making it the first choice for users and not just an alternative in cases where other assets do not work.
Only natural nuts are used for production purposes. Thus, it is entirely a product of bees, does not contain synthetic and genetically modified components, and as one of the purest honey among forest pastures. According to Šimnica Šolinceva, the production of chestnut honey in Slovenia is already too small for their needs, which is why, in addition to Slovenian honey, appropriate honey from the neighboring countries is also used.
So far the most positive responses have been received from the Benelux and Austria countries, where the product has been on the positive list for five years, and a major breakthrough has also been achieved in France. At the end of last year, the product was classified in the positive list in the Czech Republic, and in the next two months this should happen in Slovakia. This will be the 14th country in which this product is marketed.
In all Western countries, modern dressings are available for prescription through institutions, but there are still some problems in Slovenia, recalled Halbwachs. She pointed to the discrepancy between theory and practice with regard to access to such coatings. As she explained, many patients, especially in home care, are forced to use classical means, which, however, are no longer appropriate. Thus, it advocated the systemic regulation of access to modern coatings, which will also be put into practice.
Today, it is happening that patients who collect bills for medical hives may, however, require reimbursement from the health insurance institution, but then the institute of the health center or health center. another contractor receives money back.