Bee Propolis

What is Bee Propolis?
Bee propolis, also known simply as propolis, is a resinous substance that is collected and then secreted by bees to seal open spaces in the hive and protect the hive against invading microbes and other organisms. Propolis is used by the alternative medical world for stimulating immune function, reducing viral activities, relieving inflammation, treating ulcers, treating oral diseases, and preventing ocular diseases such as cataracts. Much of propolis’ healing properties are attributed to its containing antioxidants such as bioflavonoids and organic chemicals such as terpenoids. Examples of conditions for which propolis is used includes treating the viral properties of warts and low immune function.

What are the guidelines for taking Bee Propolis?
Propolis is available as an enrichment of certain honey products as well as in capsule, powder, ointment, extract, cream, lotion, and other forms. It can be found online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

Are there any precautions for taking Bee Propolis?
It is thought that excessive and repeated use of propolis may incite allergies and other negative reactions to certain substances.

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