Propolis. Properties

The Propolis is a resinous substance-zero color extremely variable, ranging through various shades of dark yellow to almost black.

This is collected by bees on trees gems as the Alamo, Pine, Willow, Birch, etc.. and on other plants that secrete resin.

The word propolis, in general, therefore used to indicate a range of substances, resins, rubbery, balsamic hives transported to and processed by bees. The name is of Greek origin and means "in front of the city."

Bees, in fact, using this material to coat the look of the hive, to close any pores to fill the cracks, restrict entry to permeate the cells of the honeycomb before the queen put eggs and to embalm the Animal invaders who have killed, to prevent putrefaction.

The use of Propolis by men dates back to ancient times.

The Egyptians used it to treat many diseases, and was one of the ingredients used for the preservation of the viscera of the pharaohs.

The famous Roman naturalist Pliny wrote about Propolis so widespread in his "Naturalis Historia", while Aristotle defined it as an excellent remedy for skin conditions.

Some people even said that Propolis is also used for the manufacture of stringed instruments, to the extent that some authors attribute "extraordinary" of Stradivari instruments to Propolis collected by bees in the area of Cremona.

Today, propolis is different application fields, from dermofarmacéutico, with different formulations, cosmetic, including in agriculture, where propolis based preparations are used for the care and protection of plants in competition with pesticides chemical synthesis.

Composition of Propolis

The chemical composition of propolis is not yet fully known, since it is formed pro hundreds of compounds, many of which have not yet been studied.

Propolis, since it comes from different geographical areas, has components in varying percentages, but the most important active ingredients (which determines its therapeutic), ie the pinocembrin, the galangin, chrysin and the essential oil are present in all Propolis rates. Anyway we have to specify that it comes from China Propolis, which melts and then transform it into rolls of a kilo, it loses the essential oil during this process.

Propolis Composition simplified
1) Resins
2) Wax
3) essential oil
4) Flavonoids (chrysin, galangin, pinocembrin, etc.).
5) Mineral salts
6) Vitamins (trace)

Why propolis essential oil is so important?

The presence of essential oil in the Propolis and its derivatives is very important given the therapeutic activity of this substance. If the flavonoid content in propolis have a significant antibacterial property of the Gram-positive, the essential oil acts on Gram negative. So this is how does this important antibacterial synergy of actions that make a great natural antibiotic Propolis.

Therapeutic applications of Propolis

The Propolis has important pharmacological activities.
1) Antibacterial
2) Antiviral
3) Immunostimulant
4) Anti-inflammatory
5) Healing
6) Slightly analgesic

The Propolis in otorhinolaryngology

It is undoubtedly this country where it is applied more often, especially in curing:
1) Tonsils
2) Pharyngitis
3) Laryngitis
4) Riniotis
5) Sinusitis
6) Otitis
7) gingivitis, mouth sores
8) Lily of the Valley of newborns
9) general dental hygiene, bad breath
10) gingivitis, glossitis, ulcerative stomatitis

The Popóleo in Broncho-pulmonary

1) Bronchial affections (adjuvant)

2) pulmonary (adjuvant)

In the treatment of pathologies of the first airways, such as laryngitis, pharyngitis and nasopharyngitis, propolis gets results, while in the treatment of bronchial or lung disease should be considered as an excellent adjunct therapy, such as support for other therapies medical.

In cases of allergic bronchial asthma treatment with propolis discouraged because he and his preparations can cause allergies.

The Propolis in Gastroenterology
1) Gastritis

2) Gastric ulcer

3) Inflammation of the bile ducts (cholecystitis)

4) Ulcerative colitis

5) Piles

In recent years (1994) Japanese researchers, for some studies on the properties of Propolis have highlighted an activity "anti-Helicobacter pylori, gram-negative bacillus, whose presence in the stomach is associated with gastric ulcer.

An interesting clinical work by Dr. J. F. Auer says as raw propolis has dealt with micronization some patients with diverticulitis, Crohn's Naughty and diarrhea from intestinal candidiasis with good results.

The propolis in gynecology
1) Candida

2) uterine sores

3) Vaginal Inflammation

Propolis in Dermatology

1) minor burns and sunburn

2) Mycosis

3) Skin on the hands of the housewife

4) Acne

5) Psoriasis

6) Varicose

Propolis in Cosmetics
1) Oral Hygiene

2) fat and impure skin

3) Stevens solar

4) Hygiene of the foot

Based preparations and their use Propolis
Propolis hydroalcoholic extract

This is certainly the most comprehensive preparation, as it contains a higher percentage of active ingredients. The average for internal use dosage is 20-25 drops in a little water, 3-4 times a day. However, for exterior and gargle diluted 50 drops in a glass of water.

Propolis Extract Glycolic

The preparation contains about half of the active principles of the hydroalcoholic extract, propylene glycol and also used for extraction is often irritating and not suitable for one food use.

The dosage should be twice the hydroalcoholic extract.

Propolis in opercula

Propolis opercula generally contain 200/300 mg. Propolis micronised and has the same indications of hydroalcoholic propolis. The dosage is 2 opercula 2 or 3 times a day.

Propolis tablet

The tablets, with the same content of propolis, the same indications of the opercula but not the same dosage. The tablets have the advantage poderlos them suck and long in the mouth for effective oral action.

Propolis Cream

This cream is mostly used on oily, impure or grain. Furthermore it can be applied on red or irritated skin and is successful in curing athlete's foot.

Propolis Ointment

It is a product formulated with oily extract of medicinal plants, vegetable oils and beeswax, and is optimized for the reddening due to diapers to dry, scaly skin, for chilblains and hands irritated by detergents.

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