Rubbing sugar into wounds could cure painful infections including bedsores, research shows.
The traditional African remedy is being trialled in British hospitals after a study led by a senior nurse raised in Zimbabwe.
As a child, Moses Murandu watched his father put crushed sugar cane on villagers' wounds and grew up thinking it was a widely used treatment. When he moved to England he was surprised to find doctors did not use it. His six-month study involved 21 patients at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham whose wounds had not responded to conventional treatment.