Abstract Title:

Honey in Bronchial Asthma: From Folk Tales to Scientific Facts.

Abstract Source:

J Med Food. 2019 Jun ;22(6):543-550. Epub 2019 May 24. PMID: 31135254

Abstract Author(s):

Alzhraa Salah Abbas, Sherief Ghozy, Le Huu Nhat Minh, Mohammad Rashidul Hashan, Ali Lotfy Soliman, Nguyen Thanh Van, Kenji Hirayama, Nguyen Tien Huy

Article Affiliation:

Alzhraa Salah Abbas


Bronchial asthma is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases. Complementary and alternative medicine is increasingly used for treating bronchial asthma. Ten electronic databases were searched to investigate whether honey alone or in combination with other ingredients can be considered as the potential treatment for bronchial asthma. Combinations of honey and Nigella sativa (NS) showed significant improvement in all pulmonary functions, including forced expiratory volume (FEV1) (MD = 0.52, < .001), forced vital capacity (FVC) (MD = 0.55, = .002), and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) (MD = 80.60, < .001), in both moderate and severe, uncontrolled persistent asthma compared with baseline. Asthma control test scores also improved significantly (MD = 11.22, < .001) in patients using combinations of honey and NS compared with baseline. Patients with a less severe grade of asthma showed a significant positive response in clinical parameters upon using honey. One study showed that using celery seeds and honey was associated with clinical improvement of both lung functions, FEV1 (MD = 18.09, < .001) and FVC (MD = 24.23, < .001), and respiratory parameters compared with baseline. In conclusion, honey alone has no strong evidence of being effective in controlling asthma. However, when used in combination with other substances, it showed a relatively high efficacy in patients with asthma. This finding may help in asthma control with lower cost alternatives and better outcomes.

Study Type : Human Study

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