A2: Hi Dean,
I have never been disappointed in using raw honey topically for people with non-healing wounds.
I dress most of my surgical sites with raw honey - have done for past 15 years. (also works on burns, acne etc).
It must be raw in order to invite the live enzymatic action of honey (remember: honey is mildly dehydrated bee vomit... Yum!).
Raw Honey is high in substances advantageous to tissue regeneration (zinc, silica), but also, after being "cured" in a wax hexagon (WOW!!!Imagine being able to sleep on meditate in a bees wax hexagon cell -better than a pyramid!) raw honey is also potentized with the relatedforces (homeopathic?) silica.
Raw honey has tissue regeneration effects (which suggest growth hormone) in part due to its inherent nutrient package and also to the advantageous local environment which a dolop of raw honey creates at the tissue site (high H2O2 - 20 ppm - ideal fungicidal, bacterialcidal) Agreed: Topical White Sugar can kill also(used by germans to disinfect wounds in WW1 and WW2) - but raw honey offers all the cidal action of white sugar but the regeneration as well.
How to know if what you use is raw honey? A teaspoon stirred in hot water will create a bubble head (thin but like atop a glass of draft beer) which is the hydrogen peroxide being released. If these bubbles are not evident and the label says "raw" take it back and find a local beekeeper...
Honey and apitherapy is a big story (now threatened by colony collapse syndrome where the bees are dying out.
Dean, I am a beekeeper as well as MD and I use venom for many clinical challenges: in this case of non-healign wounds, I often sting at the site which seems to focus and re-orient the healing (etheric) forces which heretofore have proven inadequate.
More mundane options include stimulating wound healing with a local injection of insulin.
Bradford S. Weeks,M.D.
Founding president, American Apitherapy Society (AAS)http://www.weeksmd.com