Q&A - Can Sugar Treat Diabetic Ulcers?
Published April 27, 2009
Q: A few months ago, I read about using sugar dressings on wounds. I tried it on one of our diabetic clients who had an ulcerated wound, and it healed in three days! The day after the first application the rawness of the wound was gone! Do you recommend sugar dressings for wounds?
- Lily S.
A: Hi Lily,
I first wrote about this inexpensive and effective solution in 1991. Since then, I’ve seen and heard countless stories of sweet success. For complete instructions on using sugar to heal cuts, scrapes, and wounds of all kinds.
Sugar or honey dressing may be used to treat any kind of open wound or burn. (We use sugar at the Whitaker Wellness Institute because it’s less messy.) It will not work on abscesses or pustules that are covered with skin. Do not use on a bleeding wound as sugar promotes bleeding.
Follow these steps:Unravel a 4" x 4" piece of gauze into a long strip and coat it with Vaseline.Place it around the outside edges of the wound, like a donut.Cover the wound with 1/4-inch of sugar. (The Vaseline “donut” will keep it in place.)Place a 4" x 4" sponge on top of the wound. Bandage it firmly but not too snugly with a cling dressing.Change the dressing every one or two days. Remove, irrigate with water, saline, or hydrogen peroxide, pat dry, and repeat steps 1–4.
Yours in good health,Dr. Whitaker
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