A sweet solution for healing wounds?

Family sugar remedy tested for healing people’s wounds

Moses Murandu saw sugar treatment getting used often as a baby in Zimbabwe

A nurse is researching whether an old family remedy using sugar to heal wounds does actually work.

Moses Murandu, from Zimbabwe, grew up watching his father use granulated sugar to regard wounds.

Sugar is assumed to attract water clear of wounds and forestall bacteria from multiplying.

Early results from an ordeal on 35 hospital patients in Birmingham are encouraging, but more research is required.

One of the patients who received sugar treatment on a wound was 62-year-old Alan Bayliss from Birmingham.

He had undergone an above-the knee amputation on his right leg on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and, as portion of the surgery, a vein was far from his left leg leaving a wound which might not heal properly.

Murandu, who’s studying for a doctorate at Birmingham University, was contacted and asked to regard the wound with sugar.

Fast recovery

Mr Bayliss said: “It’s been revolutionary. The particular wound was very deep – it was almost as big as my finger.

“When Moses first did the dressing he almost used your entire pot of sugar, but two weeks later he only had to use four or five teaspoons.

“i’m more than happy indeed. i believe that it has accelerated my recovery much, and it’s been a favorable leap forward. i used to be a bit of sceptical at the beginning but after I saw the sugar in operation and what sort of it was drawing the wound out, i used to be impressed.”

The randomised control trial at three West Midlands hospitals is purely half way through. Thus far 35 patients were treated with sugar treatment.

Murandu, a senior lecturer in adult nursing on the University of Wolverhampton, said he was very happy by the consequences.

“i suspect within the sugar and the nurses and doctors who see the consequences are commencing to believe in it too.”

The treatment is understood to work because applying sugar to a wound draws the water away, thereby starving the bacteria of what it must grow. This prevents the bacteria from multiplying and so they die.

Staff nurse Jonathan Janneman said the treatment had boosted the patient’s morale too.

“He could see the cavity in his leg in addition to having been unwell and thru operations. However the sugar has given him something to carry directly to.

“It’s amazing that something so simple as sugar has given him a morale boost.”