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Propolis is an age-old remedy that has been receiving a lot of attention lately. It is used extensively in the now defunct Warsaw Pact countries and Propolis is well known in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium. It is not yet as well known overseas.

The following problems treated by Propolis showed satisfactory improvements all over the world:

- Acne
- Asthma
- Arthritis
- Burns
- Boils
- Bleeding gums
- Bedsores and Blisters
- Burning tongues
- Callused feet
- Cancer
- Canker sores (aphtha)
- Common cold
- Corns
- Cuts and scratches
- Diaper rash
- Diarrhea
- Eczema
- Flu
- Female complaints
- Gastritis
- Gout
- Hay-fever
- Hair loss
- Insect bites
- Inflammation of the nasal passage
- Inflammation of the gums
- Inflammation of the ears
- Inflammation of the prostate gland
- Moles
- Parkinson's disease
- Psoriasis
- Sore throats
- Swollen glands
- Stomach ulcers
- Toothaches
- Tennis elbow
- Warts
- And many more ...

Cardiovascular Effects

A concentrated extract of propolis has been shown to reduce blood pressure, produce a sedative effect, and maintain serum glucose (Kedzia et al, 1988). Dihydroflavonoids, as contained in propolis, have been shown to strengthen capillaries (Roger, 1988), and produce antihyperlipidemic activity (Choi, 1991).
Hereby it reduces the risk of hart attacks and other related Cardiovascular illnesses.
Propolis has also been shown to protect the liver against alcohol (ethanol) and tetrachloride in rats (Coprean, et al, 1986).

Anticancer Effects

Ethanol extracts of propolis have been found to transform human hepatic and uterine carcinoma cells in vitro, and to inhibit their growth (Matsuno, 1992). Substances isolated in propolis which produce this cytotoxic effect are quercetin, caffeic acid, and clerodane diterpendoid. Clerodane diterpendoid shows a selective toxicity to tumour cells.

Propolis was also found to have a cytotoxic and cytostatic effect in vitro against hamster ovary cancer cells and sarcoma-type tumours in mice (Ross, 1990). The substance has also displayed cytotoxicity on cultures of human and animal tumour cells, including breast carcinoma, melanoma, colon, and renal carcinoma cell lines. (Grunberger et al, 1988). The component producing these effects was identified as caffeic acid phenethy ester.

A substance called Artepillin C has been isolated from propolis, and has been shown to have a cytotoxic effect on human gastric carcinoma cells, human lung cancer cells and mouse colon carcinoma cells in vitro (Kimoto, et al, 1995).

Use By Persons With ARC

Propolis has been shown to suppress HIV-1 replication and modulate in vitro immune responses, and, according to the authors, "May constitute a non-toxic natural product with both anti-HIV-1, and immunoregulatory effects" (Harish, et al, 1997).

This writer hears many reports of proposed treatments for HIV-related conditions, and usually waits for more evidence than just two cases before writing a report. Here it seemed appropriate to go ahead because:

"I personally know both the persons with ARC reported below who used propolis. Neither has any commercial or other ulterior motive to promote this or any other treatment. They spoke only because they believe their experience may be valuable to others." (John S. James)

"Medical research in Eastern Europe and Asia, as well a folk medicine in many parts of the world, support use of propolis for fungal and other infections."

"It is reasonable to suspect that propolis may contain one or more natural antibiotics, as it is not destroyed by fungus or other microorganisms in the hive. Many plants produce anti microbial substances for protection; and many antibiotics used in Western medicine come from these sources, such as penicillin from mold."

"Propolis is readily available, inexpensive, relatively safe, and quickly and easily tested to see whether it is working for someone. The harm which would be caused by raising a false alarm if it turns out that propolis doesn't work is much less than the cost of being wrong the other way."

"The results reported below were decisive enough that it seems unlikely they were coincidental.

Jim first brought propolis to my attention. He had been treating thrush for a month with Mycelex. This medicine worked at first, but the thrush became more aggressive until even Mycelex five times a day did not stop it. And even when the treatment was working, the thrush would come back the next day if it was stopped.

Jim used propolis only three times, and in one day the thrush was gone. Then he stopped the treatment to see how long it would take for the thrush to return. It has not come back in the week and a half which has elapsed until the time of this writing.

One complication in this case, however, is that Jim started using AZT one week before using the propolis. It is possible that AZT and not propolis was responsible for the result. That possibility seems unlikely, however, as AZT usually takes longer than a week to show any benefit. Here the improvement happened very quickly and dramatically, coinciding exactly with use of propolis. Jim is convinced that the AZT had nothing to do with it.

Jim used raw propolis, only a small amount and only when necessary. Twice a day he used a cube about a quarter inch on each side, and chewed it for half an hour. As reported above, only three uses were necessary. The expense was minimal, a few dollars for a small bottle which could last for weeks or months.

Bob has reason to believe that he had hairy leukoplakia four years ago, but the disease had not been recognized at that time, and the spot on his tongue was diagnosed as thrush. But it did not respond to nystatin or other thrush medicines, even for several months, so Bob consulted a nutritionist, Denise Buzbuzian of Au Naturel health-products store in San Francisco, who suggested trying propolis. He used it for three days in the raw form, and the problem disappeared and did not recur for almost four years.

Then a few months ago, Bob had a severe case of poison oak which was treated with prednisone, a drug which can suppress the immune response. The spot on the tongue reappeared in the same place. This time it was biopsied and diagnosed as both hairy leukoplakia and thrush. The biopsy removed the entire spot, but two weeks later it returned, and Bob used propolis again. After three days the spot was gone, so Bob stopped the propolis. The hairy leukoplakia has not returned in the three months since, even without further propolis treatment.

Bob's physician explained that it was very important that the leukoplakia was gone, because when it was present Epstein-Barr virus was active. Scientists now believe that viruses such as Epstein-Barr and herpes stimulate the growth of the AIDS virus by increasing activation of the immune system. They may be important cofactors in the development of AIDS. If propolis stops the hairy leukoplakia, it may prevent this activation and help prevent progression to AIDS.

Bob's T-helper cells went from 490 four years ago to 860 recently. During this time he used ten to 15 grams of vitamin C orally per day, and also selenium, acidophilus, zinc, l- lysine, vitamin E, and multi-vitamins, in addition to using propolis only as needed. He stressed that people with hairy leukoplakia should not despair, as there are things they can do to help prevent the development of AIDS -- including at least one experimental medical treatment for the leukoplakia.

Bob urges people to network back to the community with any information about successful or unsuccessful treatments. If something does or does not work for you, let others know.

Incidentally, Bob told Jim about propolis. Bob does not know anyone else who is using it at this time for any AIDS-related condition.

Clinical Effects on Humans

A total of 260 steel workers suffering from bronchitis were treated for 24 days by various methods including local and systemic regulation of the immune system and local treatment with an ethanol extract of propolis (EEP) in a physiological salt solution. Best results were obtained with inhalation of the extract, together with propolis tablets (Scheller et al, 1989a). Propolis has also shown positive effects in other otorhinolaryngologic diseases, such as pharyngitis (Doroshenko, 1975), chronic bronchitis (Scheller, et al, 1989a), rhinopharyngolaryngitis (Isakbaev, 1986), pharyngolaryngitis (Lin, et al, 1993), catarrh (Zommer-Urbanska et al, 1987), and rhinitis (Nunex, et al, 1988).

Sixty students were divided into groups to test the effect of propolis on the development of plaque and gingivitis. The results suggest that a propolis preparation can be a useful subsidiary treatment in oral hygiene (Neumann, et al, 1986).

A strong immune deficiency was found in 2 patients with alveolitis fibroticans. Treatment with a combination of the propolis, Esberitox N and calcium-magnesium resulted in good improvements in the state of the immune system and the clinical condition of both patients (Scheller et al, 1989 b).

Clinical applications of propolis (1-10%) in ether or alcohol were effective against 10 superficial fungi and 9 deep-growing fungi. On oral treatment of 160 psoriasis patients with 0.3 g propolis 3 times daily for 3 months, about one-third were cured or greatly improved (Fang Chu, 1978).

Patients (110) infected with ringworm were treated with 50% propolis as a unguent. In 97 patients it was found to produce excellent results (Bolshakova, 1975).

Sixty-four patients with tibial skin ulcers, aged from 23 to 98 years, were treated using propolis tincture in an ointment. The ointment was applied daily to the ulcerated area, which was also treated on the periphery with antibiotic ointments. The treatment lasted for 4-12 weeks. At the end of treatment, 19 of the 64 treated patients exhibited no clinical signs of the condition, 19 an improved condition (Korsun, 1983).

Patients (229) with burns, clean wounds, infected wounds or abscesses/ulcers were treated with a cream containing propolis at two concentrations (2% and 8%). The higher concentration caused local intolerance in 18% of patients by day 9, whereas the lower concentration caused symptoms in only 1.8% of patients by day 16. Burns and wounds treated with the low concentration cream healed in 11 days on average, septic wounds in 17.5 days, 67% of ulcers in 36 days (Morales and Garbarino, 1996).

Patients (126) suffering external otitis, chronic mesotypanic otitis and tympan perforation were treating with propolis solutions (5-10%). A positive therapeutic result was reported in most cases (Matel, et al, 1973). Propolis has also shown positive results in the treatment of acute inflammations of the ear (Palos, et al, 1989).

Patients (90) with cases of vagina and uterus cervix inflammation caused by S. pyogenes were treated with 3% propolis ethanol extract. Over 50% of the cases responded well to this treatment (Zawadzki and Scheller, 1973).

Patients (138) suffering giardiasis were treated with propolis extracts (10-20%). In children, 52% showed a cure at the lower dose. In adults, the cure rate was the same as for tinidazole, an antiprotozoan drug, at the 20% extract, and 60% vrs. 40% for tindazole at a higher concentration (30% propolis extract) (Mirayes, et al, 1988).

The diverse use of propolis in clinical trials shows that its therapeutic efficacy lies mainly in diseases caused by microbial contaminations (Marcucci, 1995).

All over the world, physicians have been astonished by the power of Propolis.
We are only at the beginning of the story because the healing possibilities of Propolis seem to be unlimited.
Propolis even helps in cancer treatment, aids and even Parkinson's disease, according to extensive European studies.
Propolis has been noted for quite a while as one of the most effective remedies for the Herpes virus, specifically the Simplex type and a combination of locally applied cream containing propolis with internal treatment of propolis extract resulting in prompt relief for the patient.

The protective properties of propolis is what man has found so helpful thru the centuries.
Science has proven what the ancient Greeks learned years ago, propolis offers one of natures most potent and versatile nutritional supplements.

Provide your family with the same protection of propolis that has allowed bees to survive for millions of years and order your propolis now.

For more information about the healing power of Propolis see the book "Propolis Power Plus" by Carlson Wade.