Propolis - A natural remedy
Rathod S*, Brahmankar R*, Kolte A*
* Dept. of Periodontics, SPM's Dental College & Research Centre, Dihdoh Hills, Hingna
Propolis is one of the few natural remedies that has maintained its popularity over a long
Mouth rinse, Periodontal treatment,
period of time. Propolis, a natural anti biotic is a resinous yellow brown to dark brown
substance that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flow, shrubs or other botanic sources. The pharmacologically active molecules in the Propolis are flavanoids and phenolic acids and their esters. Propolis has a degree of anti microbial action against fungi such as Candida Albicans and some bacteria including a range of oral micro organisms and viruses and may be as effective as acyclovir against herpes simplex virus. It also has immuno modulatory activity with augmentation of non specific anti tumor resistance. In
dentistry, Propolis has been used in dentifrices, as a storage medium for teeth that have
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avulsed, in periodontal therapy and in endodontic treatment. Propolis extract used as
mouth rinse possesses anti microbial activity against streptococcus mutans present in the
Dept. of Periodontics,
oral cavity. Subgingival irrigation with Propolis extract as an adjunct to periodontal
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treatment may also be more effective than scaling and root planning alone. It has
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promising role in future medicine as well as dentistry. Thus, switching back to natural
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resources, Propolis seems to be a promising alternative for the control of oral diseases in
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terms of anti microbial response and lower associated risk.
substance known as bioflavenoid (Vitamin P), phenols and aromatic
compounds. It is commonly brown in colour, but it varies
Nowadays, there is a great trend to use natural materials as a cure for
depending on the botanical source. Flavenoids are well known plant
a variety of diseases. The health field has also always aimed to use
compounds which have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral,
natural products as an alternative to the conventional allopathic
antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are the
formulations. Propolis is one such natural substance, which has
most common group of polyphenolic compounds in the human
gone unnoticed inspite of its potential uses in curing a large array of
diet and are found ubiquitously in plants. They are divided into four
diseases. The word propolis is derived from the Greek word "pro"
subgroups: Flavones, Flavonol, Flavonones, Flavononol. Cinnamic
before, "polis" city or defender of the city. The Egyptian and Greek
acid (C H CHCHOOH) is a white crystalline acid, which is slightly
civilizations recognized the healing qualities of propolis. Propolis
soluble in water and is obtained from oil of cinnamon, or from
was also used for healing sores and ulcers by Hippocrates, the
balsams. In biological chemistry, cinnamic acid is a key intermediate
founder of Modern Medicine.
in phenylpropanoid pathway. Phenylpropanoid are a class of plant
During the last 10 years, considerable research has been
metabolites based on phenylalanine.[3,4]
conducted on propolis in America, Australia, United Kingdom and Europe and especially in Eastern Europe. Propolis is available in the
Uses of Propolis
world markets in different forms as capsules, lozenges, tincture, and cream and recently added to the list are mouthrinses and toothpastes.
Propolis has been found to be very effective against gram positive
The aim of this article is to draw attention of general dentists from
and gram negative bacterial.
the conventional and newly emerging products and utilizing the
Scientific research has revealed its antioxidant,
"back to nature" approach and using propolis as a natural remedy in
antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, anti inflammatory, anti tumor
the treatment of dental diseases.
and immunomodulating properties. In dentistry, current research involving propolis, highlights its antimicrobial and anti
inflammatory properties particularly in cariology, oral surgery, pathology, periodontitis and endodontics.
Propolis is a resinous material that honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) collected from various plant species and mix with wax and other
Clinical Significance of Propolis in Dentistry
substances. Propolis is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is composed of resin and balsams (50-
There are numerous applications of propolis in dentistry. These
60%), pollen (5-10%) and other constituents which are amino acids,
include relief from denture ulcerartions, stomatitis, halitosis, mouth
minerals, Vitamins A, B complex and the highly active biochemical
freshener, periodontal pocket/abcess, mouthwash; cervical, dentinal
Figure 1. Raw Propolis
Figure 2. Processed Propolis extract
and root caries sensitivity. Treatment of lichen planus, candidal
that propolis can be recommended as a suitable transport medium for
infections, angular chilits, xerostomia, orthodontic, traumatic
ulcers, erupting teeth, pulp capping, temporary restorations and
Martin and Pileggi conducted a study and compared
dressings, covering tooth preparations, mummifying caries, dry
various storage media and it appeared that propolis may be a better
socket, pre anesthetic, pericoronitis etc.[5-8] Propolis also has
alternative to HBSS, milk, or saline in terms of maintaining PDL cell
clinical applications in medicine/surgery.[9-11]
viability after avulsion and storage.
As already stated, propolis possesses antimicrobial
Hayacibara et al evaluated the influence of propolis on
activity and hence the extract might be used as an alternative
streptococci mutans viability, glucosyltrans-ferases (GTFs) activity
measure to prevent dental caries. Propolis has also shown promising
and caries development in rats. They suggested that propolis is a
results in the treatment of gingivitis and oral ulcers in several short
potentially novel anti-caries agent.
term research projects.
Ozan et al determined the ability of propolis to serve as a
The propolis extract is also used as mouthrinse possesses
temporary storage medium for the maintenance of periodontal
antimicrobial activity against S. mutans present in the oral cavity.
ligament (PDL) cell viability of avulsed teeth. The results showed
that 10% propolis was a more effective storage medium than other groups.
Ozan et al performed a study to compare the effects of four
different mouthrinse containing Propolis solutions and mouth rinse
According to test tube studies, Propolis has antibiotic activities that
containing 0.2% chlorhexidine (CHX) on oral microorganisms and
help the hive block out viruses, bacteria, and other organisms.
human gingival fibroblasts.
Commercial preparations of propolis appear to retain these
Toker et al analyzed the morphometric and histopathologic
antibiotic properties.[11,13] Test tube and animal studies have also
changes associated with experimental periodontitis in rats in
shown that propolis exerts some antioxidant, liver
response to the systemic administration of propolis. They concluded
protecting, anti-inflammatory,[11,16,17] and anticancer
that systemically healthy administered propolis significantly reduced
the periodontitis related bone loss.
Murray investigated the effectiveness of a propolis
Oncag et al compared the antibacterial efficacy of three
containing mouthrinse in the inhibition of plaque formation
commonly used intracanal medicamentswith propolis against
concluded that propolis containing mouthrinse was marginally
Enterococcus faecalis. They concluded that propolis had good in
better then negative control.
vitro antibacterial activity against E. faecalis in the root canals,
Mahmoud et al concluded in his study that the effect of
suggesting that it could be used as an alternative intracanal
propolis on dentinal hypersensitivity, they reported that propolis has
a positive effect in the control of dentinal hypersensitivity.
Hidaka et al have also suggested that propolis may have
A study by Koo et al to evaluate the effect of a mouthrinse containing
potential as anti calculus agents in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
propolis on 3 day plaque accumulation concluded that propolis
Dodwad V et al showed that propolis is not better than chlorhexidine
containing mouthrinse was efficient in reducing supragingival
in reducing plaque formation, but it may be marginally better for
reducing gingival inflammation.33
Al-Qathami and Al-Madi compared the antimi-crobial
efficacy of Propolis, sodium hypochlorite and saline as an
intracanal irrigants. The results of this study indicated that the propolis has antimicrobial activity equal to that of sodium
Propolis can be termed as a "natural antibiotic" as it shows inhibitory
effect on a variety of pathogenic organisms. However, as propolis is a
Al-Shaher et al examined the tolerance of fibroblasts of
subject of recent dental research. There is limited evidence that
the periodontal ligament (PDL) and dental pulp to propolis and
propolis may actively protect against oral diseases, the extract can be
compared with that of calcium hydroxide in vitro. They concluded
used as an alternative measure to prevent periodontal and gingival
problems, and because propolis is a gift from Mother Nature, it is
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