Bee Propolis a Natural Antibiotic
by Pamela Glynn
propolis was taken internally to relieve ulcers. In his classic 'Natural History', Pliny
wrote about the healing powers of propolis.
So what is propolis? It's a resinous substance that bees gather from leaf buds and
the bark of trees such as poplars. After adding their own glandular substance, they
use it as a kind of cement to seal and tighten the hive to protect it. Any invader that
wanders in is encased in the resin, so the bees avoid contamination.
Perhaps this insight seems uninspiring in terms of how it might help our health! Yet
propolis has been revealed to be a natural antibiotic for man - and beneficial to the
immune system against the onslaught of infectious disorders.
To quote Dr Arnold Pike D.C, Director of the Academy of Nutritional Sciences and
member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Task Force on Nutrition:
'Nature has given bees a natural antibacterial substance in the form of the sap-like
propolis to keep their hives free of infection. No strain of bacteria has developed
immunity to it. Propolis is resistant even to bacteria that are immune to antibiotic
And Soviet doctors A.I. Tichonov and D.P. Salvo, in 'The Healing Properties of
Propolis' reported on their successful use of propolis in more than 70 different studies
over 20 years in Russia.
Highlighting the beneficial effects of propolis on the thymus gland, they stated: 'When
propolis is taken internally, the rate of metabolism is increased and the resistance of
the organism is raised. Propolis, in contrast to antibiotics, intensifies the whole
immunological reactive capability of the macro-organism.'
Dr Reny Chauvin, of the Sorbonne in Paris, a European researcher studying propolis,
had this final word to say on the subject:
'Scientists have long believed that nature has an answer for every disease. It is just a
matter of finding it. boosts your powers of resistance and even
immunity against such problems as viral infections, colds, flu, coughs, tonsillitis and
cystitis. It works by a unique method, raising your body's natural resistance to
infection by stimulating your own immune system.'
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So is bee propolis a natural antibiotic?
Here's some research to help you
judge for yourself!
Did you know that propolis is used so
extensively in Russia that it has been
labelled the 'Russian Penicillin'? I
certainly didn't, until very recently.
But I was aware that knowledge
about the antibiotic and healing
properties of propolis dates back
over 2000 years.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine,
used it as a salve to treat wounds,
while during the days of Aristotle.
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