Manuka Honey Dosage

If being taken for gastro-intestinal problems Manuka Honey is best on an empty stomach, around 30 minutes before meals.  The dose taken by the child referred to in the case study was intially 5 heaped teaspoons per day on an empty stomach. 

The current (maintenance) dose is 3 heaped teaspoons per day, on an empty stomach. The first is given in the morning while he is in the shower and before food, the second straight after school in the car, and the third dose last thing at night before bed. 

Note that the quality of the honey is very important - please check the information provided about the different ratings of Manuka Honey.


If Manuka Honey is being taken to help alleviate gut problems and improve gut health, the following points should also be kept in mind:

- while positive results may be seen quite quickly - healing and improving the health of the gut can take a long time - even 12 months or more. 

- food and drinks that are damaging to the gut should be avoided as much as possible (processed foods, sugar etc).

- food and drinks that promote gut health should be included in the diet (for example, fermented foods - see videos here for ideas)

-a good quality probiotic supplement will help improve gut flora

Given that autistic children are often fussy eaters, it is likely that some of these may be difficult to implement, particularly at the beginning.  As the health of the gut improves, however, introducing these measures may become easier.

*Dosage based on information provided by the parents of the child in the case study, and the information provided in this paper by Dr. Peter Molan, MBE, Why Honey is effective as Medicine (see page 8).

The information provided here is for general interest and information only and is not intended to constitute medical advice or to make medical claims. You should consult your doctor or health practitioner before using Manuka honey for any medical condition.