The Potential Benefits of Manuka Honey for Autism

The significant improvement in the health and behaviour of a severely autistic 11 year old boy followed the addition of regular amounts of Manuka Honey to his diet (see Case Study).  The behavioural changes have been profound and prompted a review of current research and information which suggest that Manuka Honey could indeed help with many of the issues commonly seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It is possible that it may also help with other increasingly common behavioural and neurological disorders such as Aspergers, ADHD, & OCD - particularly where there are long-term gastrointestinal issues (GI issues are common in children with ASD).

While we are currently working with local clinics and practitioners to see if Manuka Honey helps other autistic children, reliable results may not be available for some time.  In the interests of getting this information out to anyone that may benefit as soon as possible, we have decided to send this out to relevant networks and undertake a broader internet facilitated collection of anecdotal evidence at the same time. 

We hope to reach as many people as possible so please share with anyone you think might be interested in trying Manuka Honey and sharing their results. Please note that:

  • None of the information provided is medical advice, or intended to replace your doctors advice.  It is for general information only.
  • This is not a scientific study.  We are hoping that people trying the manuka honey treatment will share their experience.  Given enough feedback, we will then have an indication as to whether or not Manuka Honey might help with ASD's.  If the results are positive, it is hoped that clinical trials will follow.  Practitioners and research institutions interested in being involved are encouraged to contact us.  
  • The more information we can collect the better so if you decide to try Manuka Honey please let us know how you go.
  • Manuka Honey is a natural product and should not cause any problems if regular honey is already taken without issue, nor should it cause interactions with existing medications. There is the possibility that adverse reactions may occur, however, such as the high fructose levels being problematic in some individuals, so we strongly advise that you consult with your medical practitioner if you decide you want to try Manuka Honey. Some people are allergic to honey - more information is available here
  • It is commonly recommended that babies under 12 months of age should not be given honey (of any type).  More information on this is available here.   Again, check with your doctor prior to using Manuka Honey.