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 2016
  • - Article ID 3816460
  • - Research Article

Evaluation of Beeswax Influence on Physical Properties of Lipstick Using Instrumental and Sensory Methods

Giedre Kasparaviciene | Arunas Savickas | ... | Jurga Bernatoniene
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8175265
  • - Research Article

Formulation of Propolis Phenolic Acids Containing Microemulsions and Their Biopharmaceutical Characterization

Modestas Žilius | Kristina Ramanauskienė | ... | Vitalis Briedis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5040528
  • - Research Article

Quantitative Analysis of Apisin, a Major Protein Unique to Royal Jelly

Takako Furusawa | Yasuko Arai | ... | Kenji Ichihara
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2038407
  • - Research Article

Effects of Brazilian Propolis on Dental Plaque and Gingiva in Patients with Oral Cleft Malformation Treated with Multibracket and Removable Appliances: A Comparative Study

Agnieszka Machorowska-Pieniążek | Małgorzata Skucha-Nowak | ... | Stefan Baron
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9272635
  • - Research Article

Ethnomedicinal Uses of Honeybee Products in Lithuania: The First Analysis of Archival Sources

Zivile Pranskuniene | Jurga Bernatoniene | ... | Tauras Mekas
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7292379
  • - Research Article

Influence of Temperature on Free Radical Generation in Propolis-Containing Ointments

Paweł Olczyk | Pawel Ramos | ... | Barbara Pilawa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3704764
  • - Research Article

Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Bee Venom in BV2 Microglial Cells: Mediation of MyD88-Dependent NF-κB Signaling Pathway

Eun Ju Im | Su Jung Kim | ... | Man Hee Rhee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6057650
  • - Research Article

Comparative Study of Chemical Composition and Biological Activity of Yellow, Green, Brown, and Red Brazilian Propolis

Christiane Schineider Machado | João Benhur Mokochinski | ... | Yohandra Reyes Torres
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8473937
  • - Research Article

Bee Pollen as a Promising Agent in the Burn Wounds Treatment

Paweł Olczyk | Robert Koprowski | ... | Katarzyna Komosinska-Vassev
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