Propolis has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and a number of ancient civilisations used it to treat medical conditions such as abcesses and tumours, and to assist the healing process. The Egyptians used propolis as an ingredient in the embalming process of mummies.
Today, a wide variety of products containing Australian-made propolis are marketed as beneficial to boosting immune function and general health, as well as to treat coughs and throat irritations, infections, cold sores and genital herpes, and aid in healing after mouth or dental surgery. Propolis has even been suggested to be of assistance in the treatment of some cancers. It is a common additive in skin care and beauty products, and can be purchased in pharmacies and health food stores in the form of creams, ointments and lotions, as well as tablets and capsules.
Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Analysis has shown that it can contain natural pesticides and a number of compounds that demonstrate antibacterial properties, along with antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Of course any potential medicinal properties will vary according to the exact source of the propolis – honey bees are not fussy and have even been known to collect manmade caulking agents.
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