The healing properties of the bee products as they are presented in bio-medical research and clinical research.
Bee products are offered for the cure of more than 500 symptoms, illnesses or syndromes.
Honey was known as “wound dressing” in antiquity. Nowadays, more and more uses of honey are revealed, based on the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of honey. There is strong evidence that results from the biomedical and clinical research and refers to the use of honey in order to:
- prevent from gastritis and gastric ulcers that are caused by spirits and non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as to relieve the pain they cause. Thyme honey was especially examined in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Limoges and was proved highly effective for the cure of helicobacter pylori, since it eliminated any trace of it during the tests. Manuka honey is classified among the honeys of high anti-bacterial activity and that is why it is an officially acknowledged remedy in New Zealand, since it contains potent compounds, which, according to the experts, act against the helicobacter pylori.
Samples of honey collected in the habitat around Rome were analysed after a special procedure (filtering, dialysis). The identified compounds were evaluated as to their activity in “in vitro Β16” cancerous cell series. The above mentioned research was conducted in the Department of Biology of the University of Rome «Tor Vergata», proved that compound 5,7-dmoc included in every honey variety, has an important anti-proliferative activity when it comes to the growth of B18 cancerous cell series.
An eye treatment with drops that contain 20% of honey in patients suffering from keratopathy in the Medical University of Lithuania, resulted in the amelioration of the ocular changes.
During the past 5 years, various experiments have been running in the Greek research institutes. The University of Athens in collaboration with the University of Ioannina have already announced the results of their research concerning:
- a) the activity of honey against bacterial strains (staphylococcus, E-coli, klepsiella, pseudomona, etc) as well as all 3 funghi of the Candida genre. The results of this research are very interesting, since the therapeutic activity of the honey is compared and proved almost equivalent to the activity of the antibiotics that were used as testimonials.
- b) Equally interesting were the results of a research that proved that the Vytina and Karpenission Fir Honey, the Evia Pine Honey and the Argolida Orange Honey presented an exceptionally protective activity towards the cell DNA, therefore they are of excellent anti-oxidant activity.