Practitioners & Professionals Guide to Propolis

A renaissance of interest amongst practitioners and professionals

Over the last 20 years there has been a remarkable renaissance of interest in propolis from professionals and practitioners, both orthodox and complementary.

Making 'Medical Claims'

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Information on a one-to-one basis

In this review of the value of propolis to practitioners and professionals we are unable to speak directly of any medical benefits or even of research conducted. If you work in any of the following areas, and would like more information about research specific to your field, please get in touch with us directly on 01947 602346.

Doctors

Increasingly general practitioners, often responding to requests from their patients, are asking us about the scientific and medical properties of propolis and other bee products that have been used by man for many hundreds of years.

Doctor Peter Mansfield, a General Practitioner and founder of Good Health Keeping, has used propolis in his practice for many years and has written extensively about its many properties and uses.

Dentists

Dentists perhaps more than any other single practitioner group have utilised and proved the value of propolis. Propolis has been employed in a wide variety of ways and an increasing body of research is available about it's use. Dr. Philip Wander, Chairman of the British Homeopathic Dental Association and the first Fellow of the Royal College of Homeopathy, has used propolis in his practice for 20 years and has published a practical booklet on the subject, 'Taking The Sting Out Of Dentistry - the use of propolis in dentistry'. Philip had an article about propolis published in the Dentistry journal in January 2005.

BeeVital are conducting research at University of Manchester Dental School and are working with the Commonwealth Dental Association to undertake research in a number of countries where some dental problems are recognised as precursors of auto immune deficiency diseases.

Veterinary Practitioners

A growing number of veterinarians are turning to natural products to treat animals including:

- Pets (fish, birds, dogs, cats & rabbits)

- Performance animals including racing and other horses and dogs

- Farm and wild animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and hedgehogs

Problems with antibiotics are again driving this movement. Veterinary practitioners are concerned both about the decreasing efficacy of antibiotics as well as the public concern over antibiotics in food, in particular how they may be increasing our own resistance to antibiotics.

Health Professionals (Nurses & Care Workers)

The role of nurses and nurse practitioners has changed greatly over the last few years. Many nurses in general practice, as well as those working in hospitals and carehomes, have shown a real interest and willingness to try new approaches in the complementary field - approaches which they have found to be of particular value in treating the conditions associated with old age. Propolis has been found to be of particular value, in a variety of ways, to those caring for the elderly.

Medical Herbalists and Homeopaths

Although not strictly a herb, propolis did enter the Materia Medica of medical herbalists in Europe and the UK at least five centuries ago and was referred to directly by both Gerard and Culpeper. However, unlike Eastern Europe where propolis continued to be popular up to modern times, the popularity of propolis waned in the West up until the 1960's and 1970's when it underwent something of a renaissance amongst herbalists and consumers alike. It is slowly returning to the shelves of herbalists often noted for its role as an immune stimulant and natural antibiotic.

Chiropodists

Problems with traditional licensed treatments for some intractable and chronic foot problems have led a number of chiropodists to explore the use of propolis, particularly as an antifungal agent, but in other ways also. In chiropody, as with other therapies, the search for natural alternatives has gathered momentum. High quality propolis is able to help with a number of common foot problems when used both externally and internally.

Other Natural and Complementary Therapists

Nutritionists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Aromatherapists

Complementary therapists often seek holistic solutions; combining their particular speciality with other therapies such as nutrition, supplementation and herbal medicine, in an effort to complement and enhance their own approach. Propolis is perhaps one of the greatest 'all rounders' in terms of supplementation, providing a phenomenal combination of bio-chemicals, chosen by the bees themselves to provide their external immune system.

Health Advisors, Store Advisors & Health Counsellors

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