WHAT IS PROPOLIS?
Bees select from nature various diverse resinous and balsamic components, shoots, flower buds, branches, tree pollen and exudates which added to their salivary secretions and wax form propolis. Propolis is used in the repair of cracks or damage to the hive, in the preparation for local antiseptic for the queen bee posture site and for the mummification of invasive insects.
Propolis has a great importance in the cure of diseases, because some of its components have proven, active, therapeutic qualities as is the case of some flavonoids that possess spasmolytics (quercetin, kaempferol and pectolinarigenina), anti-inflammatories (acacetina), antiulcers (luteolin and apigenin) and antibacterials (pinocembrine and galangin) as well as caffeic acid derivatives that exhibit anticancer activity. Its main therapeutic properties which include antimicrobials, antitumor agents, anesthetic, antiseptic, adristingents, anti-inflammatories and antivirals make propolis stand out as an active ingredient used in many products.
SOME OF ITS USE ALREADY DOCUMENTED:
• In the fight against diseases of the articular system and other types of inflammations, infections, rheumatism and sprains;
• In wound healing, tissue regeneration, treatment of burns, atopic dermatitis, eczema, contact dermatitis, external ulcers, psoriasis, leprosy, herpes simplex, genital herpes, shingles, rashes and dermatophytes;
• To combat digestive diseases, indicating a potent hepatoprotective activity and anti-ulcer properties; -Some studies have shown its clinical success in the treatment of respiratory diseases;
• In dentistry it has been used as an anesthetic and in toothpastes, mouthwash preparations, treatment of gingivitis, quelite and after tooth extraction; – In the treatment of tumors, etc.
MARCUCCI, Maria Cristina et al. Biological and therapeutic properties of the chemical constituents of propolis. Quim Nova, v.. 19, n. 5, p. 529-535, 1996