Honey has been used by humans for approximately 8,000 years, as depicted by Stone age paintings. The 5,000 year old holistic traditional healing system, Ayurveda (Sanskrit word Ayurveda, meaning the “science of life”) considers honey the “nectar of life” and classifies honey into 8 different types each having their own unique healing properties.
Ayurveda texts are adamant that only raw honey is medicine. A December 2004 BBC News article, “Honey could help fight cancer”, reported: “A team from the University of Zagreb in Croatia found a range of honey-bee products stopped tumours growing or spreading in tests on mice.”
The team also reported, via the Journal Science of Food and Agriculture, that human cancer patients would probably see similar benefits as well. Not surprisingly, they recommended that honey be used in conjunction with chemotherapy. The researchers say it is not yet clear how bee products affect cancer cells.
The research team, led by Dr. Nada Orsolic, concluded that honey-bee products could be a valuable tool researchers could use to control tumor growth. They also stated: “The intake of honey-bee products may be advantageous with respect to cancer and metastasis [secondary cancers] prevention …”
However, obviously, all these people are talking about real, raw, unpasteurized honey. Would you try it?