Monday, December 25, 2006

Vietnamese Newspaper Publishes Article on Apitherapy

Sweet Medicines
Saigon Times Weekly (Vietnam), 12/23/2006

Honey, royal jelly, apitoxin, bee glue and pollen are all forms of medicine

Honey: Is a very precious substance that has been used for a long time in both Oriental and Western medicine. A vase, more than 3,000 years old and containing bee honey, has been found in a pyramid in Egypt; the honey is still delicious after such a long time.

Clinical studies show that the health of tuberculosis patients who drink 100-150 grams of honey daily improves continuously. Bee honey can relieve pain and ulcers. It can kill Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach inflammation and ulcers. It can also kill other bacteria that cause dysentery and typhoid fever. You can apply bee honey directly to treat boils, mouth and tongue inflammation, external wounds and ulcers.

Bee honey is a good tranquilizer that can help relieve headaches. It is also a cough and sore throat reliever. However, drinking more than 150g of bee honey in a single day may cause diarrhea.

Royal jelly: Is a special food for larvae that will develop into queen bees, so it is very nutritious. Clinical studies show that royal jelly is good for eye injuries. It is processed into pills for asthenia patients, old people, malnourished children and postnatal women. A normal dose is 60-90mg for adults and 15mg for children.

Apitoxin: Is prepared into gel for external use to treat muscular, body, nervous and spinal pain.

Bee glue: Is produced by worker bees to build beehives. Bee glue is proven to be a strong antibiotic, which is used to treat mouth, gum and ear inflammations. It is used to treat certain external diseases as it can stop itches. It is also used as an aerosol to treat respiratory inflammations. Bee glue stimulates tissue reproduction, thus boosting wound healing.

Pollen: Is brought to beehives by worker bees. It is used as a tonic to strengthen the immune system and treat malnutrition.

(This article, by Prof. Doan Thi Nhu, is adapted and translated from the Vietnamese original in Suc Khoe & Doi Song magazine issue No. 409, November 2006)

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