The Concise Oxford English Dictionary (11th edition) defines “Propolis” as: n. a red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds for constructing and varnishing honeycombs. The term comes from the Greek propolis meaning “suburb” from pro “before” and polis “city”.
Brazilian propolis has been found to be a remarkable supplement to cancer therapy. The Journal of the American Apitherapy Society gives details of the use of propolis in cancer treatment. “A literature review finds that propolis’s pharmacological properties make it safe and effective as an adjunct for patients receiving cancer treatment:
• Biological therapy. Biological therapy works hand in hand with the immune system. Propolis’s biological activities such as anti-tumoral activity, DNA protection, free-radicals scavenging, and immune stimulation act in synergy with each other and with conventional chemotherapy medication.
• Synergy with chemotherapy. Antioxidants may boost the effects of anti-carcinogenic drugs, thus enabling a decrease in the administered dose and in turn leading to a reduction in side effects. They may also influence the response to chemotherapy.
• Anti-inflammatory activity. This results from propolis’s inhibitory effect on prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and histamine release.
• Healing activity. Propolis promotes epithelial formation as well as vascular and fibroblastic neoformation of the connective tissue.
• Antimicrobial activity. Propolis’s flavonoids and phenolic acids are pharmacologically active compounds that have effects on bacteria, fungi, and viruses.”
Source: “Biological Therapy Using Propolis as Nutritional Supplement in Cancer Treatment,” J. Galvao et al., International Journal of Cancer Research 3:1 (2007), pp. 43-53.
Read more: “Brazilian Propolis: A Promising Adjunct to Dental Care, Cancer Treatment, Vaccines” by José Alexandre S. Abreu, Brazil

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