2. Cancer Cure
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a protein that stimulates the creation of new blood vessels. When there are abnormal cells present (i.e., cancer), the tendency is for the abnormal cells to proliferate at a faster rate than healthy ones.
A 2009 study of the effects of bee products on VEGF found: “Chinese red propolis and CAPE [its constituent, caffeic acid phenethyl ester] in particular showed strong suppressive effects against VEGF-induced angiogenesis. These findings indicate that Chinese red propolis and CAPE may have potential as preventive and therapeutic agents against angiogenesis-related human diseases.” (6)
In other words, propolis is effective in retarding the growth of cancerous cells. Numerous studies of different cancer cell types have found it to have cytotoxic effects. (7)
Propolis is sold in natural food stores in many forms. To treat cancer, try propolis capsules, tincture, or syrup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle.
3. Pharyngitis Treatment
The pharynx is what’s commonly referred to as the back of your throat. It’s the cone-shaped passageway from your ears, nose, and mouth to your esophagus and larynx. “Pharyngitis” is inflammation of the pharynx—a sore throat. Whether bacterial or viral in nature, propolis’ analgesics calm the pain and the anti-inflammatories reduce swelling.
To use, prepare or buy propolis tincture (recipe above under “Tonsillitis”). Gargle the tincture diluted with salt water in a ratio of 1:10.
4. Heal Dental Diseases
Your mouth is home to innumerable bacteria—most of them beneficial and critical for digestion. Healthy teeth are desirable for a bright smile and longevity (dentures can be a drag). Because of its many supporting qualities,
An article published in the North American Journal of Medical Science writes “Propolis has multiple applications in dentistry. It can be effectively employed as an oral hygiene product and treatment of oral candidiasis, denture stomatitis, viral infections, aphthous stomatitis, oral surgery, endodontics, and orthodontics. ” (8)
“Indian propolis has been observed to be more effective than routinely used anticaries agents [read: fluoride] in inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus mutans which is a frequent cause of dental caries,” Wrote another study. (9)
Propolis contains anti-calculus properties when applied to gums and teeth, curing and preventing tartar accumulation and gum disease.
One clinical study of propolis’ effect on dental hypersensitivity found that after using propolis for just one week, sensitivity noticeably declined. After four weeks, the level of sensitivity significantly declined in all subjects, with 30% of the participants experiencing no sensitivity at all. (10)
Healing Herbal Toothpaste
- 5 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- 2 Tsp Propolis Tincture (recipe above under Tonsillitis)
- 1/4 Tsp Kaolin Clay
- 1/4 Tsp Stevia (optional -improves flavor)
- 30 drops Spearmint extract
- Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler until liquid.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Pour the liquid coconut oil into the bowl and mix well.
- Add the tinctures and extract and mix well.
- Stir until the coconut oil cools and you get a nice thick paste and spoon into your containers.
- To use, apply a small amount of paste to your toothbrush and brush as usual.