As the worlds medical organisations recognise that modern pharmaceuticals are getting to be ineffective at combating illness causing germs and bacteria such as colds and influenza, they started to search for alternative remedies and treatments. One such alternative natural research started in the 1960’s in Denmark and France with research by Dr.Remy Chauvin and Aagard Lund.
Lund was the among the first in the West to recognise the properties of Propolis a resinous compound produced by bees as an immune stimulant, with antibacterial properties. Chemical analysis reveals it is a complex amalgam of plant resins, beeswax, aromatic oils and bee pollen. Lund was the first to develop a procedure for preserving propolis. His process is still used by many manufacturers today to guarantee the integrity of propolis’s healing and antiviral properties.
Chauvin, who conducts his research at the Sorbonne in Paris, now regarded as the world’s foremost authority on propolis. He says, “Scientists think that nature has a cure for every disease it is only a matter of discovering it.” He also points out that propolis bestows a important quantities of vitamins and minerals when taken internally, while antibiotics do the contrary causing deficiencies in the critical nutrients.
We might use this analogy in describing propolis use for colds and flu: If our bodies turned into a castle and at risk of being invaded by an army of marauders, it might make more sense to fortify the walls surrounding the castle, as opposed to setting off a bomb that would indiscriminately destroy the walls and marauders alike. Studies in Brazil, Australia and Bulgaria have shown that propolis does work in combination with synthetic antibiotics by fostering the effectiveness of penicillin and other antibiotics by one hundred percent.
So, what are the chemical compounds of the miracle healer? Forty to fifty percent of propolis consists of resins, which are full of flavonoids. Flavoniods exist in most blossoming plants, but they have different properties when found in propolis. Experts think that the enzymes excreted in bee saliva once the bees procedure propolis produce a chemical change in the flavanoids.
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There are lots of unique forms of flavanoids, but the most significant ones are Pinocembrin and Galanin, which have significant therapeutic properties. They’re proven to strengthen the protein shell surrounding cold and flu viruses, which leaves the virus and bacteria harmless.
Additionally, it stimulates interferon which stimulates the immune system. Consumer research indicates that a high percentage of consumers, as I do, take propolis on a regular basis to stay well, to maintain a strong immune system to ward off coughs, colds and flu.
Bye the way, propolis is readily available in most good health food shops. Propolis can cause an allergic reaction in certain people (about 1 in 2000). So, if you’re allergic to bee stings or honey then take care, and just begin with small doses. Some beekeepers develop a rash when attending their hives in summer, but their migraines shortly disappear in the winter if there isn’t any hive activity.