My mother recently sent me an online Q&A that a fellow Endometriosis sufferer posted on BeePollenBuzz.com, which got our thinking caps revved up to see what Bee Propolis can do for my Endometriosis. Let the research begin!
What is it:
Bee Propolis has been used since about 350 B.C. for it’s medicinal properties! Propolis is not honey. It’s not pollen. It’s not royal jelly. So what is it?
It starts as resin and sap the bees pick up along their flights while bouncing from flower to flower, tree to tree. Add saliva, pollen, oils, and waxes and voila: propolis. It’s the bee’s glue inside the hive: they coat honeycomb with it and mend any cracks or breaks in the hive. Think of it as a caulk. Bee caulk. Ha! For bees that live in boxes, the propolis is used to seal the lid to the box (which the beekeeper has to break free to retrieve the honey). Sounds disgusting, right?
Studies have been conducted to confirm/refute the healing properties of Propolis. It’s been shown to help fight breast cancer, and seems to be anti-bacterial as a mouthwash. It is believed by many that Propolis contains antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Some studies show that it may even have anti-inflammatory properties and may also aid in relieving cold sores, acne, asthma, genital herpes, Diabetes, and burns. In 2004 and again in 2009, two studies were conducted and it was found that participants who used Propolis had a reduction in the percentage of cancerous cells!
For more information on studies that have been conducted on Propolis, please feel free to peruse the following links:
Also, I will be purchasing a book by James Fearnley, an author and beekeeper who published a book on the health benefits of Propolis. Amazon has used copies on the cheap, so why the heck not? Once I read it, I’ll post an update.
Propolis is available in many forms, including: capsule, lozenges, tinctures, ointments, or even it’s raw form. Since Propolis isn’t an FDA-sanctioned “drug”, there’s no dose suggestion. I’ve seen webpages suggest between 750mg -1,000mg per day.
If you take Propolis in its liquid/tincture form or its raw/chunk form, do take care : some say it may stain your teeth!
Also: I’ve heard that Bee Propolis tastes just AWFUL! Pinch your nose and swallow quickly!
My ears perked up when I read Propolis has anti-inflammatory properties. As pretty much all Endometriosis sufferers know, Endo implants get painful with inflammation. So we try to simmer down our inflammation. I’m also eager to find out more about it’s supposed immune system boosting qualities. And if it can kill cancer cells, what can it do for my Endo?
I know, I know. Don’t hold out hope that Propolis will be an end-all-be-all cure. But, if it helps, great. And if it doesn’t help, but also doesn’t harm me, no loss.
Don’t use Propolis if you are allergic to bee stings or honey, as you may suffer similar reactions with Propolis. Also, it may worsen any pollen allergies you may have.
And remember, Propolis hasn’t been confirmed by the FDA to perform any of these claimed health benefits. I am not at all sold that it does what it says it does…but there’s only one way to find out. 😉
~I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa