Propolis is a natural resinous mixture collected by honey bees that have been extracted from parts of plants and tree buds. It starts off as a hard and brittle material, but after a bit of heat, it becomes soft, gummy, and extremely sticky.
Research shows propolis has many healing properties, including antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor qualities.
Cold Sore and Genital Herpes Treatment
Preliminary research suggests that topically applying propolis may help heal cold sores as well as genital herpes. According to a study published in Phytomedicine. For the 10-day study, 90 men and women with genital herpes used an ointment containing flavonoids sourced from propolis, an ointment containing acyclovir (a drug used to reduce pain and speed healing of herpes-related sores), or a placebo ointment.
By the study’s end, 24 out of the 30 participants in the propolis group had healed (compared to 14 out of 30 in the acyclovir group and 12 out of 30 in the placebo group). Given this finding, the study’s authors concluded that an ointment containing flavonoids sourced from propolis may be more effective than both acyclovir and placebo ointments in healing sores related to genital herpes.
Propolis may promote the healing of minor burns. Studies have shown that compared the effects of a propolis-based skin cream with those of silver sulfadiazine, a drug commonly used in the treatment of second- and third-degree burns. Results showed that propolis and silver sulfadiazine were similarly effective in the treatment of burns. In fact, propolis appeared to offer greater anti-inflammatory benefits than silver sulfadiazine.
Findings from animal-based research indicate that propolis may aid in the treatment of diabetes. Although the test was not replicated in human studies, a 2005 study published in Pharmacological Research on diabetic rats revealed that treatment with propolis helped lower blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol.
Propolis can be purchased in pharmacies or health food stores. Topical forms include creams, ointments, and lotions. It can also be taken orally and comes in tablet, liquid extract, and capsule form.
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