Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Medical Benefits of Honeybee Products


Publishing date
10 Mar 2017
Status
Published
Submission deadline
21 Oct 2016

1UNESP, Botucatu, Brazil

2Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

3Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland


Medical Benefits of Honeybee Products

Description

Ever since man has been keeping honeybees, the use of hive products in medicine has been important. Honeybee products, such as honey, bee pollen, propolis, Royal jelly, beeswax, and bee venom, have long been used in traditional medicine. The exact origins of apitherapy can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. Healing properties of honey and other bee products are found in many religious texts including the Veda, Bible, and Quran. In the Old Testament, the land of Israel was often referred to as the “land flowing of milk and honey.” The Romans used honey to heal their wounds after battles.

Ethnomedicine, a study of the traditional medicine practiced by various ethnic groups, is a complex multidisciplinary system. It applies the methods of ethnobotany and medical anthropology and constitutes the use of plants and the natural environment. Since ancient times animal products have constituted part of the inventory of medicinal substances used in various cultures. Despite technological developments, bee products along with herbal drugs still occupy a preferential place in a majority of the population in the Third World and terminal patients in the west. Many valuable drugs of today came into use through the study of indigenous remedies. Although ethnomedicine has been the source of healing for people for millennia, it is in the last decade that research interests in ethnomedicine and ethnopharmacy have increased tremendously.

Bee products in their raw form along with crude extracts and purified compounds from them have been shown to exhibit antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, radio-protective, and tissue-regenerating activities. Some recent studies have revealed that natural honeybee products exhibit immune-modulating properties, inhibit tumor cell growth and metastasis, and induce apoptosis of cancer cells. These bioactive natural products may help manage, among others, cancer, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, Lyme disease, and antibiotic-resistant infections. With the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections and drug over-use, the return to honey bee products as a natural, multipurpose healing therapy makes all the sense in the world.

Studies on the composition of honeybee products and their biological and pharmacological properties and mechanisms of action are welcome. We are especially interested in articles on the history of the research on honeybee products. We invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles that will explore aspects of the biological activity of a wide range of honeybee products and their possible applications.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • The history of bee products
  • Ethnomedical and ethnopharmacological issues of bee products
  • Bee products in complementary and alternative medicine
  • Studies on potential biological effects of bee products ranging from antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, dermatoprotective, antiallergic, and immunomodulatory to anticancer activities using in vitro and in vivo experimental models
  • Standardization and registration of bee product preparations
  • Clinical trials/reports on the efficacy of bee products for the prevention/treatment of disease
  • Bee products in modern medicine
  • Safety evaluation of known bee products
  • Biological potential of bee products for application in medicine

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2702106
  • - Editorial

Medical Benefits of Honeybee Products

José Maurício Sforcin | Vassya Bankova | Andrzej K. Kuropatnicki
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4272940
  • - Research Article

The Role of Propolis in Oxidative Stress and Lipid Metabolism: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Verónica Mujica | Roxana Orrego | ... | Elba Leiva
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5439645
  • - Research Article

The Antidiabetic Activity of Nigella sativa and Propolis on Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy in Male Rats

Haddad A. El Rabey | Madeha N. Al-Seeni | Amal S. Bakhashwain
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5861024
  • - Research Article

Effects of Honey on Oral Mucositis among Pediatric Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemo/Radiotherapy Treatment at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Soad K. Al Jaouni | Mohammad S. Al Muhayawi | ... | Steve Harakeh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 8025752
  • - Review Article

External Use of Propolis for Oral, Skin, and Genital Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Soo-Hyun Sung | Gwang-Ho Choi | ... | Byung-Cheul Shin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4034179
  • - Research Article

Oral Health of Patients Treated with Acrylic Partial Dentures Using a Toothpaste Containing Bee Product

Karolina Wiatrak | Tadeusz Morawiec | ... | Iwona Niedzielska
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5370545
  • - Research Article

Antioxidant Properties and Cardioprotective Mechanism of Malaysian Propolis in Rats

Romana Ahmed | E. M. Tanvir | ... | Md. Ibrahim Khalil
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1342150
  • - Research Article

Four-Week Consumption of Malaysian Honey Reduces Excess Weight Gain and Improves Obesity-Related Parameters in High Fat Diet Induced Obese Rats

Suhana Samat | Francis Kanyan Enchang | ... | Wan Iryani Wan Ismail
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5413917
  • - Research Article

Manuka Honey Exerts Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities That Promote Healing of Acetic Acid-Induced Gastric Ulcer in Rats

Saad B. Almasaudi | Aymn T. Abbas | ... | Steve M. Harakeh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6793456
  • - Research Article

Induction of Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptotic Response of Head and Neck Squamous Carcinoma Cells (Detroit 562) by Caffeic Acid and Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester Derivative

Arkadiusz Dziedzic | Robert Kubina | ... | Marta Tanasiewicz
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