Propolis is named from the greek words “PRO” meaning – front and “Polis” meaning city. In simply words: “Wall outside the city”.
Propolis is a resinous substance with specific smell and taste, whose color, chemical and physical properties depend on the plants that are located within the flying radius of the bees.
Bees collect it, reproduce secretions from their glands and then used it to fill the gaps in the hive, to fix the honeycomb cells in place, disinfect it and polish it, and reduce the openings of the hive to protect themselves from potential enemies.
Propolis contains about 55% of plant resins, 30% wax, 10% of essential oils, 5% of flower pollen, scitogene, amino acids, vitamins B1, E, B6, C, mineral substances such as barium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, manganese, lead, zirconium, copper, zinc, silver, cobalt, titanium, magnesium, potassium and others.
There are many studies for Propolis wide around the world and with their help the scientists managed to establish the following medicinal properties for it:
• Antibacterial (bactericidal and bacteriostatic effect) for many pathogenic bacteria, especially the gram-positive bacteria.
• Antimycotic (antifungal) effect on various lower types of fungi – which cause skin disease.
• Antiviral activity
• Antiprotozoal effect
• Effects positively with treatment on x-ray and different types of radiation
• Has anti cancerogenic and anti tumor effect
• For external treatment of purulent and inflammatory wounds
• Removes necrotic mass of wounds, softens marginal tissue, cleans wounds secretions
• Anti blister effect
• Anti inflammatory effect
• Anabolic effect
• Elimination of pain syndrome
• Anti itch effect
• Blood pressure control
• Strengthening the immune and defense system
• Improves sleep and calms nervous tension
• Oral intake of propolis drops: The medicine is taken 1-2 hours before meals or three hours after meals, three times a day 15 to 20 drops dissolved in a little water or instilled in a spoon of honey or sugar.
Children should take it according to their age (years = drops).
• External application: Drops are used for local application by pouring directly onto the wound 5-10 drops and then by direct rubbing or smearing the ointment to the superficial wounds or blisters.
• An aerosol method: inhale tea in which are dropped about 50 drops of propolis. Inhalation is implemented in acute and chronic respiratory diseases such as: rhinitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, tracheitis, bronchitis.
Contraindications from propolis
All patients who have intolerance, allergy to propolis or bee products .
Wide application of propolis in medical practice has led to the emergence of allergic effects, but in very rare cases. It is therefore necessary before treatment with propolis to consult a doctor who will make skin and nasal test to propolis.
Propolis is also used for treating:
Respiratory diseases (acute and chronic), as follows:
rhinitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, asthmatic, light form of bronchiectasis and pulmonary tuberculosis.
Diseases of the peripheral nervous system, radiculitis, sciatica, plexitis, neuralgia, neuritis.
Atopic skin diseases, staph and strep dermatitis, mycotic diseases, blisters, microbial eczema,
skin damage, festering wounds that do not heal, mastitis, furunkulosis, burns, alopecia (hair loss), trichophytic closure and more.
Diseases of the digestive system – cysts, stomatitis, gastritis, ulcers, colitis, dyspepsia and more.
Gynecological – kolitis, trichomonas vaginalis, and cervical erosion.
Joint disease, regulating blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, improving work of the endocrine glands, improves sleep, calms the nervous system and many other diseases and defects.