Agreeing to what Ayurveda said thousands of years back, new researches have proven that honey is better at treating sore throats, blocked noses, coughs, and congestion than conventional medicines, including antibiotics.
Honey has been used in traditional cures for thousands of years and has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Ancient Indians also said that it can help in wound healing because its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.
And it’s cheap, readily available and has virtually no side effects. However, its effectiveness in treating upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) has not been ‘scientifically’ assessed until now though they found 14 suitable clinical trials, involving 1,761 participants of varying ages.
Scientists from the University of Oxford looked at research databases for relevant studies comparing honey, and preparations using honey as an ingredient, with standard medical care – mostly antihistamines, expectorants, cough suppressants, and painkillers.
Honey is being used in ayurveda against Kapha since ages whereas the same has been added in most of the herbal formulations for common cold, cough, infections and various other conditions.