Monday, November 26, 2012

The Latest Weapon in the War on Cancer: Honey Bees

The Latest Weapon in the War on Cancer: Honey Bees: Propolis, the "caulk" honeybees use to patch holes in their hives, has been used as a natural remedy since ancient times, treating ills ranging from sore throats and burns to allergies.




New research has revealed another exciting use for this seemingly miraculous substance, this time in the fight against cancer.




Propolis Slows Tumor Growth




Propolis has a number of well-known therapeutic properties, including potent antioxidant and anti-microbial action, and healing, analgesic, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. In the hive, bees use it as a disinfectant against bacteria and viruses, helping to seal cracks and "embalm" invaders that are too large to carry out.






It's been used for thousands of years in folk medicine, but despite its plethora of active components, research on this compound, and therefore its modern medical uses, is limited.


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