The last few years have seen a renewed interest in the properties of propolis, the resinous hive product collected by bees. The use of propolis dates back at least to 300 BC, when its resinous and glue-like qualities were made use of. Soon propolis found its way into the remedies in folk medicine. However, apart from some studies made at the beginning of this century, most of the work on the composition, pharmacological properties and commercial uses of preparations from propolis has been carried out in the last thirty years. Many of the reports dealing with propolis are not accessible to most readers except as abstracts, the majority being published by eastern European journals.
Propolis, Origin, Collection, Use of Propolis by Bees, Composition and constituents of propolis, Biological activity of the constituents of propolis, Pharmacological activity attributed to propolis