Friday, June 01, 2007

Propolis, Bee Venom Effective in Treatment of Psoriasis

Apitherapy in Treatment of Psoriasis: A New Therapeutic Modality
Fatma A. Abd Raboo, Ahmed G. Hegazi, Faten K. Abd El Hady, Nahla E. Ramzy, Dalia M. Shaaban and Doha Y. Khader
Department of Dermatology & Venereology, Tanta University and Department of Microbiology, National Research Center

Abstract: 42 patients were included in this study. They were divided into: group I (n=12): received intradermal bee venom, group IIA (n=9): received topical propolis ointment, group IIB (n=9): received oral propolis and group III (n=12): received intradermal bee venom and oral and topical propolis. Response to treatment was assesses by calculating PASI score and measuring serum interleukin-1 (IL-1 ) before and after treatment.

A significant reduction in both PASI score and serum level of IL-1 was observed in all groups of patients except group IIA which showed non significant reduction in IL-1 level. It was concluded that propolis and bee venom are safe and effective in treatment of psoriasis, with minimal tolerable side effects, when used either separately or in combination. However, combination of both can give better clinical and laboratory results.

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