Propolis, a resinous substance produced by honeybees from various plant sources, has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine for several purposes all over the world. The precise composition of propolis varies according to plant source, seasons harvesting, geography, type of bee flora, climate changes, and honeybee species at the site of collection. This apiary product has broad clinical applications such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, analgesic, antidepressant, and anxiolytic as well asimmunomodulatory effects. It is also well known from traditional uses in treating purulent disorders, improving the wound healing, and alleviating many of the related discomforts. Even if its use was already widespread since ancient times, after the First and Second World War, it has grown even more as well as the studies to identify its chemical and pharmacological features, allowing to discriminate the qualities of propolis in terms of the chemical profile and relative biological activity based on the geographic place of origin. Recently, several in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out and new insights into the pharmaceutical prospects of this bee product in the management of different disorders, have been highlighted. Specifically, the available literature confirms the efficacy of propolis and its bioactive compounds in the reduction of cancer progression, inhibition of bacterial and viral infections as well as mitigation of parasitic-related symptoms, paving the way to the use of propolis as an alternative approach to improve the human health. However, a more conscious use of propolis in terms of standardized extracts as well as new clinical studies are needed to substantiate these health claims.

Propolis: An update on its chemistry and pharmacological applications / Hossain, Rajib; Quispe, Cristina; Khan, Rasel Ahmed; Saikat, Abu Saim Mohammad; Ray, Pranta; Ongalbek, Damira; Yeskaliyeva, Balakyz; Jain, Divya; Smeriglio, Antonella; Trombetta, Domenico; Kiani, Roghayeh; Kobarfard, Farzad; Mojgani, Naheed; Saffarian, Parvaneh; Ayatollahi, Seyed Abdulmajid; Sarkar, Chandan; Islam, Mohammad Torequl; Keriman, Dılhun; Uçar, Arserim; Martorell, Miquel; Sureda, Antoni; Pintus, Gianfranco; Butnariu, Monica; Sharifi-Rad, Javad; Cho, William C. - In: CHINESE MEDICINE. - ISSN 1749-8546. - 17:1(2022), p. 100. [10.1186/s13020-022-00651-2]

Propolis: An update on its chemistry and pharmacological applications

Pintus, Gianfranco
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Propolis, a resinous substance produced by honeybees from various plant sources, has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine for several purposes all over the world. The precise composition of propolis varies according to plant source, seasons harvesting, geography, type of bee flora, climate changes, and honeybee species at the site of collection. This apiary product has broad clinical applications such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, analgesic, antidepressant, and anxiolytic as well asimmunomodulatory effects. It is also well known from traditional uses in treating purulent disorders, improving the wound healing, and alleviating many of the related discomforts. Even if its use was already widespread since ancient times, after the First and Second World War, it has grown even more as well as the studies to identify its chemical and pharmacological features, allowing to discriminate the qualities of propolis in terms of the chemical profile and relative biological activity based on the geographic place of origin. Recently, several in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out and new insights into the pharmaceutical prospects of this bee product in the management of different disorders, have been highlighted. Specifically, the available literature confirms the efficacy of propolis and its bioactive compounds in the reduction of cancer progression, inhibition of bacterial and viral infections as well as mitigation of parasitic-related symptoms, paving the way to the use of propolis as an alternative approach to improve the human health. However, a more conscious use of propolis in terms of standardized extracts as well as new clinical studies are needed to substantiate these health claims.
2022
Propolis: An update on its chemistry and pharmacological applications / Hossain, Rajib; Quispe, Cristina; Khan, Rasel Ahmed; Saikat, Abu Saim Mohammad; Ray, Pranta; Ongalbek, Damira; Yeskaliyeva, Balakyz; Jain, Divya; Smeriglio, Antonella; Trombetta, Domenico; Kiani, Roghayeh; Kobarfard, Farzad; Mojgani, Naheed; Saffarian, Parvaneh; Ayatollahi, Seyed Abdulmajid; Sarkar, Chandan; Islam, Mohammad Torequl; Keriman, Dılhun; Uçar, Arserim; Martorell, Miquel; Sureda, Antoni; Pintus, Gianfranco; Butnariu, Monica; Sharifi-Rad, Javad; Cho, William C. - In: CHINESE MEDICINE. - ISSN 1749-8546. - 17:1(2022), p. 100. [10.1186/s13020-022-00651-2]
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11388/306787
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 42
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 39
social impact