Question Propolis
AnswerThe healing properties of propolis have been known since antiquity, during which it was also referred to as “black wax”. Peoples who thrived on the Mediterranean shores used propolis as a drug, as they had found its anti-inflammatory action. Hippocrates recommended it to spread ulcers and burns. The Roman soldiers in their campaigns always had propolis in their luggage, while the Egyptians used it for the embalming of the dead. Today propolis is widely used as a medicine, either as a solid formulation or as a component of other formulations. The main research properties of Propolis are:

Anti-inflammatory action

It stimulates the mobility of the macrophage cells of the immune system and suppresses some enzymes, which allow an inflammation to develop.

Propolis covers a wide range of bacteria, while administering it with antibiotics reduces the damage they cause to the body. Propolis acts on staphylococcus, streptococcus, responsible for oral cavity infections. Siamic acid, certain aromatic components and many flavonoids are substances that cause propolis to act as an antibacterial agent. Japanese researchers have shown that propolis inhibits the proliferation of bacteria. (CHINOU)

The action of propolis against viruses is also very important, and the flavonoids it contains are also responsible for it. The action against herpes viruses and adenoviruses has been fully elucidated. Other components, such as esters and caffeic acid, are involved in the action of propolis against viruses. Finally, propolis acts proactively against influenza, hepatitis B and shingles.

Propolis is effective against pathogenic fungal attacks on the epidermis. In dermatology and cosmetology it ensures the shine and gloss of the skin by reducing candida and microsporum. It activates the immune system and produces a large number of macrophages, which are essential for the extermination of fungi and bacteria.

Propolis achieves healing of damaged tissues, mainly due to the essential oils it contains. Studies have demonstrated the protective effect of propolis on tissues exposed to radioactivity. Furthermore, antioxidant action of propolis due to flavonoids binds to the free radicals of oxygen.

Its anesthetic properties are due to its volatile oils (essential oils) and is recommended for local anesthetic action (eg insect bites).

Propolis is effective in fighting parasites such as trichomonas, tripanosoma, etc. This action is due to inhibition of their protein synthesis.

One possible explanation for the action of this propolis is the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, which is responsible for the onset of inflammation.

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