Dr Peter Molan an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Waikato University in New Zealand discovered active UMF Manuka honey while investigating the antibacterial properties of honey - (UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor). For over 10 years he has scientifically investigated what many local New Zealanders have accepted as common wisdom: our local Manuka honey is a superior treatment for wounds and infections.
After the results of Dr. Molan's work became known through scientific journals many people contacted him to ask what is so special about Active UMF Manuka honey. A thorough and scientific response is available in articles listed on the University of Waikato website Click Here for more info...
Many medical professionals are choosing to use UMF Manuka honey and are getting excellent results with the treatment of wounds which have not been responding to standard treatment. (A trial of UMF Manuka honey on unresponsive skin ulcers was successfully carried out at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand results have been published in the New Zealand Medical Journal).
Dr. Molan recommends using Active UMF Manuka Honey with a rating of 10 or higher be used, which is the level of activity for honey used by medical professionals in New Zealand. Although good results may be obtained with lower levels of activity, there is a chance that it will not fully clear an infection. Honey with a lower level of activity will not allow as much of the antibacterial elements to diffuse into infective tissues, and this could mean that effective control of infection may not be achieved in deeper tissues.
Kiwi Gold UMF Manuka honey standard rating is 15+. Some batches are as high as 20+ and can be packed for special orders.