In 2009, a study was conducted in British hospitals to determine whether there's any truth behind the idea that sugar can be used to treat wounds and ease pain. The study, involving 21 patients whose wounds had not responded to conventional treatment, has proven a success.
It showed that pouring granulated sugar on bed sores, leg ulcers or amputations before dressing can kill the bacteria that prevents healing and causes chronic pain. Bacteria need water to survive but sugar draws water from the wound into the dressing.
Healing through the use of sugar is an old-time tradition that has been used by both Native Americans and different tribes in Africa. Treating wounds with sugar has been a wive's tale for a number of years but this is the first time that medical evidence has proven that it works.