Using Sugar to Heal Wounds

Can sugar help in healing? Recent studies say “yes.” We’ve been taught that sugar is BAD for us, but it might be true that sugar can be an effective healing agent when applied to ulcers, bed sores and other wounds.

Sugar and healing

Can sugar help to heal wounds? Recent studies say, “yes!” Click, download, save, copy and share.

Moses Murandu, a senior lecturer at the University of WolverHampton’s School of Health, grew up in Zimbabwe, and was shown by his father that sugar could be used to heal wounds and decrease pain in hospital patients.

When he moved to the UK, he began conducting research trials testing the effectiveness of 100% pure cane granulated sugar on  injuries, leg ulcers, amputations, and bed sores.

Mr Murandu said pure cane sugar was used, which had to go through infection control procedures.

He said,

“In Africa we would get the sugar from the supermarket; here it has to go through our aseptic services department.

“The only problem we have is asking people to be prepared not to get the treatment – they have already been on standard treatment of antibiotics and modern dressings which hasn’t worked.”

Murandu's Sugar Wound Research

In Murandu’s research study, 100% pure granulated cane sugar was applied directly to the wound, amputated body part, bed sores, burns, etc.

The research trials are small studies in three UK hospitals.  More research is needed, however, several patients are finding relief. To date, 35 patients have received the effective treatment with no adverse effects.

An amputee, Alan Bayliss at Moseley Hall Hospital began receiving the sugar treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in January 2013, after an amputation on his right leg above the knee.  It was applied to an ulcer.  A vein was removed from his left leg as a part of this surgery.  His left leg wounds would not heal.  Bayliss was moved from Queen Elizabeth Hospital to Moseley Hall Hospital for rehabilitation and therapy.  The sugar treatment was applied and after only two weeks following treatment, Mr. Bayliss’ wound significantly decreased in size and healed considerably.

Mr. Bayliss, 62-years of age, said,

“It has been revolutionary. The actual wound was very deep – it was almost as big as my finger. When Moses first did the dressing he almost used the whole pot of sugar, but two weeks later he only needed to use 4 or 5 teaspoons. I am very pleased indeed. I feel that it has speeded up my recovery a lot, and it has been a positive step forward. I was a little skeptical at first but once I saw the sugar in operation and how much it was drawing the wound out, I was impressed.

The sugar treatment is believed to be successful because bacteria need water to grow.  When sugar is applied to a wound, the water is drawn from the wound, therefore the bacteria cannot grow, and the wound heals.


Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart,  M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University.
  Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.”  She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3  nonprofit health and wellness education organization.  For more information about  the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at

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2 thoughts on “Using Sugar to Heal Wounds

  1. evelina tsirulnik says:

    My husband had leg amputation 6 months ago and his wound does not want to heal (small size but it is too deep). Can we use sugar-treatment? How often we have to change dressing ? How is right to do this treatment? His wound is clean inside but for some reasons it is can not be healing.

    • Hello, Evelina. Thank you for your comments. Those are all very good questions. I would suggest you contact the person who conducted the study, and also discuss this with your trusted health practitioner, sharing the study with him or her. We provide the information and share the study with the public as a part of our service as a health education nonprofit 501(c)3, but we do not attempt to diagnose or treat others. I wish you the best and hope this information has been helpful to you and your husband.

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