Uses of Propolis
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honeybees collect from tree buds, especially from flower buds. Bees use this resin to reduce internal vibrations making their hive more defensible and also to prevent inner diseases and parasites. It is known as a natural antibiotic and has various uses and applications for humans:
Positive results have been found when treating diseases of the upper respiratory tract, which are usually caused by an infection (sinusitis, otitis, laryngitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, etc.)
Propolis is also used to treat diseases of the lower airway (bronchopulmonary sphere), although these are more complex as gaseous interchange is usually compromised, to a greater or lesser extent, , which is why it is convenient to seek medical advice. Nonetheless, propolis is very useful for boosting the body’s defenses against these infections.
It can be used in dentistry as an oral bactericidal for the treatment of thrush, gingivitis, pyorrhea, glossitis (tongue inflammation), pain caused after tooth extraction, sores, thrush, etc. In some cases propolis is used as a local anesthetic in various oral conditions. Besides, it plays an active role in preventing tooth decay, which can be easily prevented by chewing a propolis tablet.
Propolis is effective against the development of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, recently identified as the possible cause of gastro-duodenal ulcers. It may also be indicated for digestive tract inflammations such as gastritis, colitis, etc.
Propolis is an excellent urinary antiseptic, both for men and for the now recurrent urinary tract infections in women. In general, these processes involve pain and inflammation, making propolis an ideal treatment because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also proved to be effective in vaginal and cervical inflammations produced by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Propolis (the only substance from the hive that stops fungal growth) is very active against fungi that contaminate the mucous membranes, especially Candida albicans, which causes yeast infections.
In dermatology, propolis has a very broad scope of application. It is used for treating boils, acne, chilblains, cracks, sores, corns, eczema, etc. It is ideal as a disinfectant and as a wound healer; moreover it treats inflammation behaving as a topical antiseptic. Therefore, Propolis has a healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal effect in skin conditions.