WHEN most of us suffer a cut or graze, a plaster and some antiseptic is usually the first thing we reach for.
But for University of Wolverhampton lecturer Dr Moses Murandu, his go-to treatment is something a little more surprising – but it’s something most of us have in our kitchen cupboards.
Dr Murandu, a senior lecturer in adult nursing at the university’s School of Health, has now completed a clinical trial into the use of granulated sugar to treat wounds, earning his PhD in the process.
It is a treatment plan that is met with disbelief from patients and medical practitioners alike, he said, but is one his family has used since he was a child.
Growing up in Zimbabwe Dr Murandu’s father, Aron Majazi Munawa, often used cane sugar to treat their wounds.
“My father was a poor man and he was trying to use whatever resources he had – salt, sugar. Oh man, salt. When he was using sugar it was much less painful.”
Used on wet wounds including bed sores, ulcers and even amputations, the sugar draws the moisture away from the wound and helps clear it, and within hours Dr Murandu said ‘smelly’ wounds no longer had a bad odour.
Bacteria needs water to grow, and applying sugar to the wound draws the water away and starves the bacteria.