Raw Honey and CIDP Neuropathy
Raw organic honey has recently been shown to have important benefits for treating inflammation, a condition that is characteristic of CIDP neuropathy.
By Shiraz Abbas
Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. These qualities may be useful for helping with chronic inflammatory conditions like CIDP neuropathy, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and more.
In one recent study, honey reduced cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 processes thus showing its anti-inflammatory power. Just by ingesting diluted honey, concentrations of prostaglandins such as PGE2 (prostaglandin E2), PGF2α (prostaglandin F2a) and thromboxane B2 were reduced in patients.
For people with colitis which is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the bowel, honey had been shown to have some of the effects of prednisone. This is promising as engineering honey may potentially offer scientists a key to treating autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy with the power of prednisone but not its side-effects.
Remember that most commercial forms of honey may not carry these benefits. The most effective honey for human health is generally the raw, organic and unpasteurized type. Like any other kind of natural remedy, remember that their effects are not immediate and therefore show in the long term.
Before you try honey as a potential nutritional supplement for your CIDP or any other disease, please consult with your doctor.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.