aboratory studies show that Bee Propolis has antiviral and antiinflammatory effects due to its flavonoids and phenolic acids and their esters, which have proven antibiotic effects on bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
It has been shown that caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), present in Bee Propolis, is most responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of propolis for reducing acute and chronic inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory effects of this plant medicine have also been studied in other models of inflammation such as corneal injury and skin burns. It was shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects, comparable to dexamethasone in treating experimentally induced chemical corneal injury. Propolis was compared to silver sulfadiazine (SSD) for treating superficial second-degree burns. Burns treated with propolis had less inflammation and increased cicatrization compared to those treated with SSD, and no significant differences in microbial-wound colonization were noted between the two treatment groups in one study. The researchers hypothesized that, had the dressing been changed more frequently (fewer than every 3 days), the antimicrobial and healing effects may have been enhanced even more.
The two previous studies exemplify the broad use of propolis as an anti-inflammatory agent that can be useful for treating a number of conditions with various medical therapies, many of which may yet be discovered.
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Another research was conducted with using Propolis for the treatment of eye complications of Varicella zoster, the virus that causes chicken pox or shingles. Results suggests that propolis may speed up healing and improve sight. More research is being conducted in this field.