Discover the Amazing Power of Bee Propolis

Bee Propolis has a long history of medicinal use, dating back to 350 B.C., in the time of Aristotle.  Our immune system, the key to protection against infection, aging and cellular destruction, benefits greatly using the all-natural food substance created in beehives, Bee Propolis, considered one of nature’s miracles, is used externally as well as ingested. It is often applied to skin irritations, cuts, rashes and bruises to sterilize and disinfect.

Bee Propolis acts as a first line of defense against illness because of its antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and exceptionally potent antiviral properties.  It has been used in the past internally to combat bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections like tuberculosis, candidiasis, malaria, and colds. In fact, in Europe, Bee Propolis extract is used for the treatment of peptic ulcers and ulcerative colitis. It is thought to have a healing effect on internal digestive organs, including the stomach and intestines. It is loaded with virtually every nutrient that we need for daily function and is believed to be an excellent supplement for building up the immune system, forming antibodies and helpful in cases of staphylococcus, streptococcus, salmonella, proteus vulgaris, and Koch’s bacillus infections. 

Bee Propolis also offers hope, as we age, by building a resistance to aging and illness and strengthening our cellular defenses. Researchers have discovered that it prevents disease in bee colonies by inhibiting the growth of fungi, viruses, bacteria and other microbes.

Naturopaths point out that it is one of the most powerful topical antimicrobial agent humans can use. Used in an ointment, Bee Propolis can heal lesions and good results have been reported for the use of Bee Propolis on burns, surgical wounds, and other topical wounds. 

Other studies found that Propolis extracts may have a positive effect on the liver by protecting it from alcohol or environmental toxins. It also holds promise for dental conditions like gingivitis, cavities, mouth ulcers, and periodontal disease. Bee Propolis is said to stimulate the thymus gland and boost the thyroid gland for improved immunity and resistance to infections and is considered a powerful antioxidant that has shown promise in combating the effects of free radical damage to cells.

Used as an antibiotic, it is said to be particularly safe and effective and inhibits resistance-building effects that are seen as a negative factor with prescription antibiotics. Australian scientists found that Bee Propolis increases the effectiveness of penicillin or other antibiotics from 10 to 100-fold. 

Bee Propolis is believed to possess superior healing properties with its ability to accelerate new cell growth. This healing quality is thought to help relieve the discomforts of the stomach and intestinal ulcers. Propolis has shown to be effective in protecting the liver against alcohol and tetrachloride. 

There is interest in the properties of Bee Propolis for cold sores based on studies in “Phytomedicine”. In the study, researchers found that 80 percent of people with genital herpes who used Propolis tincture in ointment experienced healing within 10 days compared to 47 percent of the people with genital herpes who used the prescription drug acyclovir. Although genital herpes and cold sores are different conditions, they are caused by the same virus and those with this condition might also benefit. Topical Propolis extract works against herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 outbreaks, HSV-2 causes genital herpes, while HSV-1 causes cold sores and sometimes genital herpes. And may help treat the complications involved with the virus Varicella zoster, which causes chickenpox and shingles.  

For the treatment of Neurofibromatosis, it has been found to be quite helpful for the genetic disorder that causes coffee-colored skin patches and can produce tumors in nerve tissues in the ears, brain, spinal cord and other places in the body. A study found that Propolis effectively stops tumor growth in a group of cancer patients. A study recently published in the American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology demonstrating its effect on breast cancer cells. It was shown to induce cell death in the human breast carcinoma cell called MCF-7. In 24 hours the Propolis extract was able to kill 13% of cancer cells. In other studies, Propolis killed prostate cancer cells and colon cancer cells.

MRSA is the potentially deadly bacteria so commonly found in hospitals throughout the world that is resistant to most antibiotics. The antibacterial of Propolis has been tested and shown to have an activity against the standard and resistant strains of MRSA and E. coli.  

You can apply Propolis tincture to your skin in creams, sprays or they may be taken by mouth. Topically, it has been used to help treat wounds, rheumatoid arthritis, cervicitis, vaginitis, vaginal infections and has some benefits for people with conjunctival eye lesions and other eye infections. It has also been found to be very useful for treating gingivitis or periodontal disease according to studies in Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry. Animal studies showed Propolis infused with water reduced the number of dental cavities and it was determined that using it in a mouthwash sped the healing from oral surgery, according to the Journal of Nihon University School of Dentistry. 

Some new research indicates the possibility of using Bee Propolis to promote healthy blood pressure levels and reduce arteriosclerosis, thereby lessening the possible risks of coronary heart ailments.

Bee Propolis may improve conception rates in women who experience infertility or endometriosis, as reported in 2003 in an issue of Fertility & Sterility.  The study indicated that consumption of 500 mg twice daily resulted in pregnancy rate of 60% as opposed to 20% for women who did not take Propolis extracts. It has been shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of PMS and other hormonal problems. 

Externally, Bee Propolis is beneficial as a topical antibiotic salve for abrasions and bruises because of its germicidal/antibacterial effects. As an acne medication the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property has shown to be very effective.  Bee Propolis contains arginine, which helps reduce inflammation of burnt skin. This stimulates enzyme systems, cell metabolism, circulation and collagen formation. 

Contraindications: Some people have been known to be allergic to Bee products and should avoid them, as ingestion may result in severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, an acute allergic response, which may be life threatening. Before taking Bee Propolis Herbal Supplement, it is wise to take a small amount at first, and if any sneezing, discomfort, or rash occurs, discontinue use

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