Medical Benefits of Other Bee Products
Honey is not the only bee product with natural medicinal uses. Royal jelly, the super-nutrient that bees feed to young bees and to bees that are raised to be queens, has a wide range of medical and naturopathic uses. Laboratory evidence shows uses as an immunomodulatory agent, that it stimulates the growth of stem cells in the brain. Other laboratories report cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory uses. Like other bee products royal jelly has been used for wound-healing, burn treatment and for its antibiotic effects. Along with its cholesterol lowering and inflammatory properties, royal jelly shows benefit as an anti-aging agent because of the wide distribution of natural vitamins and it amino acid content.
Other studies indicate that the compounds in royal jelly increase energy and strengthen the immune system, while reducing memory loss, anxiety and insomnia.
In traditional medicine, royal jelly is used to treat a wide range of conditions including: menopause related issues, impotence, infertility, chronic fatigue, wrinkles and skin blemishes, hormone imbalances, bacterial and viral infections, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, anemia, cancer, mononucleosis, eczema, depression, impetigo, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and a range of anxiety related issues.
Propolis is a resin that honey bees get from a range of plant sources including tree sap and buds. In the hive, bees use propolis to create a barrier within the hive structure against diseases and mites that could invade the hive.
Like royal jelly and honey, propolis has been used by naturopaths to treat inflammations, burns, wounds and sores. It’s also used to strengthen the immune system and the cardio-vascular system and reduce the chance of cataracts.
Propolis lozenges and gum is used to soothe sore throats, to treat canker sores, and to help prevent tooth decay.
Other studies indicate that propolis has antimicrobial and antifungal properties; that it is effective in the treatment of burns; and that it has promise as an anti-tumor growth agent.
Depending on the season and the region, bee pollen can come from a wide range of flowering plants and feature a large number of medicinal uses. It’s a high energy natural source of a wide range of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, and natural enzymes. Not surprisingly, bee pollen has many of the same medical uses as other bee products like honey, propolis and royal jelly. Naturopaths, Chinese herbalists and European traditional practitioners have used bee pollen to help with aging related issues, to promote cell growth and red blood cell production, fight cancer cells, boost the immune system, ward off colds, viruses and the flu. It’s used as an appetite suppressant, to achieve metabolic balance and for weight control. Herbal practitioners have found a range of uses for treating sexual dysfunctions including low sperm count and low motility, as well as helping with libido issues.