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The Effects of Honey on Febrile Neutropenia

“The Effects of Honey on Febrile Neutropenia in Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”

That was the name of the medical trial that started in March 2011 and ended up in September 2014. It took place at the Children Hospital of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and it was a crossover randomized study. Before this, there was no previous similar study.

There were 40 participants, all children between 2 and 10 years old, with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). They were treated according to the Modified CCG 1991 protocol for standard- risk ALL and on maintenance therapy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of 12-week honey consumption on children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) particularly with regards of febrile neutropenia episodes.

The participants were randomized into two equal groups (‘intervention to control’ and ‘control to intervention’). During the trial, one group was given honey in a dose of 2 ml (2.5 g) per kg body weight, per dose, twice every week. The honey used was Egyptian clover honey, which was dissolved in water and the children took it.


The results showed a significant decrease of febrile neutropenia episodes and duration of hospital admission. Furthermore, there was an improvement of levels of hemoglobin and the absolute neutrophil count and the platelet count decreased. This small clinical trial suggests that honey consumption might have positive effects on febrile neutropenia and hematologic parameters of children with ALL. (according to Apitherapy News).

This trial has been recently published by ClinicalTrials.gov, though with no results yet uploaded. Most probably, there are still issues with “The study may not be subject to U.S. Federal requirements to submit results.” I hope we will soon see them there.

Febrile neutropenia is one of the most common and serious side effect of chemotherapy. Treating it with other synthetic drugs is expensive and may lead to other side effects. On the other side, honey is natural, with no side-effects, with a pleasant taste and not expensive. This trial was made with clover honey, other patients use the already famous LifeMel honey. But it seems that only the fact of being honey is good enough. As long as it is raw and organic, these are important factors.

There is need for further research, albeit so many medical doctors of today are still looking at honey as only sweet food. Somehow, despite of not having money to invest in researching the effects of honey, there are still open-minded scientists that have started to make a difference.

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References and picture credits:
Apitherapy News;
‘children cartoon’ picture credit Danilo Rizzuti, via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
‘honey pot’ picture credit Nitr via Big Stock Photo


Laura Bujor

Laura Bujor is the author and founder of HealthyWithHoney.com. She built this website as a personal journey to discover the power of honey and share it with the world. She learned directly from beekeepers and took a course in apitherapy. From a hobby, honey and apitherapy turned into a professional career. You can find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and X.

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2 thoughts on “The Effects of Honey on Febrile Neutropenia

  1. Hi Laura. I have always known that honey had its health benefits, but I am amazed at your post. I had no idea that there could be such a positive relationship between honey and cancer. This is great information, and I will definitely be sharing it. Thanks so much for the insight!

    1. Thanks Michelle,
      Eating honey helps a person a lot into not getting cancer. But if that person gets it anyway and starts chemo, then things get really complicated and honey can help again. It really is a miraculous food.

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