In vitro animal activity of honey against varicella zoster virus (VZV): a translational medicine study for potential remedies for shingles.

März 25, 2012

Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the in vitro anti-viral effect of honey on varicella zoster virus.

Methods: Manuka and clover honeys were used at concentrations ranging from 0-6% wt/vol. A clinical VZV isolate was obtained from a zoster vesicle and used at low passage. Various concentrations of manuka and clover honey were added to the tissue culture medium of VZV-infected human malignant melanoma (MeWo) cells.

Results: Both types of honey showed antiviral activity against varicella zoster virus with an approximate EC50 = 4.5 % (wt/vol).

Conclusions: Our results showed that honey has significant in vitro anti-VZV activity. As, honey is convenient for skin application, is readily available and in- expensive, honey may be an excellent remedy to treat zoster rash in developing countries where antiviral drugs are expensive or not easily available.

Shahzad, A., Cohrs, R. J. (2012)