Sunday, June 04, 2006

Apitherapy Used to Treat Liver Diseases in Egypt

Liver Impairment: An Integrated Natural Therapeutic Approach
Yousry Abdel-Sabour and Ahmed G. Hegazi
National Research Center, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
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Sixteen patients aged from 30 to 55 years suffering from liver dysfunction with variable causes: two HBV positive (one also schistosomiasis positive), 8 HCV positive (four schistosomiasis positive). Four patients were suffering from schistosomiasis only. The remaining two patients had no definite detectable causes. All patients were subjected to full clinical examination, dental examination, abdominal sonography, laboratory assessment including: albumin, prothrombin concentration, gamma GT, ALT, AST, a-fetoprotein, CBC, antischistosomal egg antibody, viral markers and lastly quantitative PCR for positive marker cases.

The main outlines of therapy included: dental cleanse, bowel cleanse with diet regulations, colon cleanse, parasitic cleanse, blood and liver cleanse, bio-electric therapy and Apitherapy. The course of treatment was 6 months and more 6 months for follow up.

Symptoms of liver dysfunction as fatigue, apathy, digestive disorders improved markedly even ascites and lower limb oedema. Also, laboratory liver functions returns to normal limits without reversal during the follow up period. Hepatitis B (two cases) patients recovered completely (PCR negative). Hepatitis C (8 cases) patients, 5 of them recovered completely (negative PCR), while other 3 cases (combined HCV and. schistosomiasis) showed decrease in viral load and they are still under treatment.

Egyptian Propolis

Ahmed G. Hegazi
National Research Center, Giza, Egypt
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Propolis (bee glue) is a resinous hive product. It consists of exudates from plants mixed with bees wax and used by bees as glue in general-purpose as sealer and draught-excluder for beehives. Propolis has been long used in folk medicine of different nations as early in Egypt as 3000 BC. Now Egyptian propolis has recently become a subject of increasing attentions for biologists and chemists.

Evaluation of Egyptian propolis as immunostimulants, antioxidant, anti-tumor, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agents were done and showed that the Egyptian propolis has such activities and it showed significant differences in its chemical composition.

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