Traditional Herbal Medicine around Us: Honey
March 12, 2023
Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar) or from secretions of other insects (such as honeydew), by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation. Honey bees store honey in wax structures called honeycombs, whereas stingless bees store honey in pots made of wax and resin.
Based on TCM, honey can be used to:
- moistens the intestines
- nourishes the lungs and stops coughing
- nourishes the spleen and stomach
- relieves pain
- eliminates toxins.
Some indications that can be treated by this herb with specific dosage and formulation are dry stool, constipation, dry cough, spleen, and stomach deficiencies, assists herbal preparations by protecting the spleen and stomach, heat toxins of the skin, and ingestion of poisonous substances.
The pharmacological effect of honey is hepatoprotective and antibiotic.
Note: This is just information regarding honey. For the usage and dosage and for the specific health issue, please consult with the herbalist or your health care provider.