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A resinous substance used by bees to seal holes in their hives. It seems to have powerful antibiotic properties that prevent infection. Research was carried out on this "bee-glue" in Denmark, during the 1970"s and 80"s, by Dr. K.Lund Aagard. Aagard became intrigued when he treated his own severely sore throat by gargling one day with a mixture of hot water and propolis, the swallowing the rest before going to bed that night. The following morning he was completely better.
After his own research a French researcher, Dr. Remy Chauvin, wrote " Propolis works by raising the body"s natural resistance to infection through stimulating one"s own immune system . . . while conventional antibiotics destroy vitamins and benevolent gut flora, propolis supplies added amounts of vitamins and all essential minerals, including iron, calcium, aluminium, manganese and silicon".
I "Bee Propolis", by James Fearnley (Souvenir Press), Fearnley records many clinical reports of the efficacy of propolis in helping respiratory problems, and in treating conditions such as laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis. One Manchester dentist - Philip Wander - uses it to clear infections, heal lesions and stop pain.
A tincture of propolis is manufactured by 'Comvita' (www.nzfc.co.uk).
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