|Author: James Fearnley
Title: Bee Propolis - Natural Healing from the Hive
A powerful health aid rediscovered
Editor: Souvenir Press
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Manufactured by the bees from plant resins to keep their hives free of harmful bacteria, propolis is rapidly acquiring recognition as a natural product with vast potential for human health. Although its antiseptic properties were known in ancient times, only recently have scientific studies shown that it could be of help in treating a wide range of conditions.
Worldwide research has found that propolis is effective:
in the alleviation of joint and muscular pain, arthritis and rheumatism
as a treatment for skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis
in relieving asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems
as a healing agent for wounds and burns
in treating gastro-intestinal problems and blood disorders
as a stimulant for the immune system
Most importantly, propolis contains powerful antibacterial properties which are capable of destroying strains that have become resistant to conventional antibiotics. Could it be the natural antibiotic of the future?
Written by one of the world's leading experts on propolis, this pioneering book explains how to use propolis as part of everyday care, with advice on preparations and dosages, and provides full references and details of organisations and suppliers. It is a valuable introduction to a product that is increasingly in the news.
The Bugs and the Bees
"From around 2002 onwards people will get a sore throat on Tuesday and be dead by Friday" so said George Poste former research director of Pharmaceutical giant Smith Mine Beecham more than 5 years ego. He was referring to the problem of antibiotic resistance.
The arrival of SARS (Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome), might be seen as a fulfilment of his prophecy.
SARS is the latest superbug to hit the headlines. Like MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), MDRTB (Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis) and VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus), they all have one thing in common - the drugs don't work.
The World Health Organisation has been warning against the overuse of antibiotics for years. The trouble is, as Dr Harold New of Columbia University points out, 'Bugs are cleverer than man"
It takes no time at all for these super survivors in our body to crack the code of even the most sophisticated of our new wonder drugs. Scientists reckon it takes around 18 months! Unfortunately it takes around 20 years to develop the next generation of antibiotics.
At a time when medical science is spending billions on trying to solve this problem a pioneering new book reckons that the humble honeybee may have some of the answers.
In Bee Propolis - Natural Healing from the Hive, James Fearnley asks why it is that honeybees do not get ill despite living in colonies of up to 70,000 in conditions perfect for the growing of bacteria. The answer he tells us is propolis.
Propolis, a Greek word, literally means `Defender of the City' because the bees use it to defend their City or hive against attack and infection. To make propolis the bees collect resin from trees and plants taking it back to the hive where it is combined with other products of the hive and transformed into a the highly complex immune defence system which makes the bee hive the most sterile environment known to nature. Within the hive Propolis has antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties
Propolis was first used as a medicine by the Egyptians and continued to be used by the Greeks and Romans.
James Fearnley has collected a substantial body of modern medical research from around the world to show how propolis can help problems as varied as asthma, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. So how does it work?
Research at the UK Heart and Lung Institute in 1998 showed that propolis was not only an effective antibiotic but that it could also disable bacteria which had become resistant to antibiotics like MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) a problem that now affects 70% of our hospitals. But Propolis works in a different way from chemical drugs. Instead of killing the bacteria outright it seals them up preventing them from leaking into our system. In the came way, if an intruder, a mouse for example, tries to enter the hive itself, the bees can kill the mouse but are unable to remove it. So the bees then seal the mouse in propolis preserving it for decades inside the hive but preventing any infection reaching the main colony.
A survey of propolis users conducted by the author showed that nearly three quarters of people take propolis for joint problems - arthritis and rheumatism, breathing problems - asthma and bronchitis or skin problems - eczema and psoriasis. He conducted research at the University of Oxford to find out why.
It turns out that some particular compounds called flavonoids inhibit the production of leukatrines and prostaglandins, which cause inflammation and pain. A wide range of diseases, including the ones just mentioned, are now thought to be triggered by this inflammatory process.
Dentists too are increasingly using propolis to treat inflammatory conditions such as mouth ulcers, erupting wisdom teeth and even bad breath. Philip Wander President of the Homeopathic Dental Association has pioneered its use in the UK including using it to keep a smile on the face of some of Manchester United's leading footballers.
Propolis seems to work by enhancing the body's own immune system and a significant number of people use it to ward of coughs colds and flu during the winter months. However those with depleted immune systems can also benefit. Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome or M.E. responds well to propolis. Dr. Leonard McKewan a Harley Street specialist treated 27 patients with Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome or ME and reported that 24 of them "obtained major benefit", 14 patients were able to return to work, school or college.
Perhaps the most fascinating, and potentially exciting, use of propolis was discovered recently by some Nuns caring for people with Alzheimer's disease, a problem, which now affects 1 in 5 people over 80. Sister Carole of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Lambeth treated 24 sufferers with propolis and told reporters "I'm not claiming to have found a cure but the results have been extraordinary - the improvement in the patients condition was gradual and positive".
Propolis is available in a variety of forms ranging from liquids to tables, capsules and creams usually through local health stores or pharmacies.
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