Alternatives to Modern Drugs

“Among alternatives to modern drugs, there has long been a traditional use of natural health products. However, such products normally cannot be registered as medicines; the considerable investment needed to qualify them as such often would not be compensated because they are difficult to obtain a patent for and people could easily purchase or collect them. Curiously, one of the strategies for developing modern drugs is to carefully dissect the components of natural products, determine which ones have desirable activity, patent and synthesize them and then go through the expensive process of getting them approved, though with some possibility that such products could give a return on the investment because of the patents. A case in point is Brazilian green propolis, for which there is considerable evidence of anticancer properties [228,229]. This propolis is not patented, but some if its components were isolated, and synthesized, and are now patented drugs for cancer treatment [230]. Brazil continues to produce and export large quantities of green propolis, especially to Asian countries, but various patented components are the property of companies in other countries.In some parts of the world, the equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), officially classifies certain natural products as “Functional Foods” or some other similar category. As such, they can be produced and marketed and used by people who believe they will be good for their health. To be classified as functional foods, these agencies require proof that they are safe and that they have proven health benefits [71,231]. This option provides alternatives that are normally inexpensive and do not require prescriptions. Specifically, propolis has been suggested as a prophylactic treatment for high risk groups in the current COVID-19 pandemic [232]”.(37)“While modern medicines normally have only one or just a few active components, natural products can have many. Propolis, for example, has hundreds of components [226], many of which have properties that have the potential to help treat various types of disease or have various modes of action against a specific disease and its consequences [[233], [234], [235]]. Another consideration is that a strong specific effect, such as that of an anticoagulant used in an effort to prevent the microthromboses that have become a serious consequence of advanced COVID19 [236], requires specific dosing in order to avoid excess bleeding and other dangerous side effects [237], and such drugs are not a safe option for patients that have some types of blood disease, or various heart and vessel disorders. A natural anticoagulant could give some protection and at a level sufficient to reduce the risk of thrombosis without strong side effects. Propolis has demonstrated anticoagulant properties [147].”(37)“Propolis, a resinous material produced by honey bees from plant exudates, has long been used in traditional herbal medicine and is widely consumed as a health aid and immune system booster….. Given the current emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and limited therapeutic options, propolis is presented as a promising and relevant therapeutic option that is safe, easy to administrate orally and is readily available as a natural supplement and functional food.” (37)Based on this study, the daily intake of 900 mg of bee propolis supplement for 12 weeks results in improvement of glycemic and some serum lipid levels in patients with T2D[type 2 diabetes]“Propolis has potential as a complementary therapy for cancer. It has shown efficacy against various types, including bladder, blood, brain, breast, colon, head and neck, kidney, liver, pancreas, prostate, and skin cancers [112]. Propolis could help prevent cancer progression; in various parts of the world it is considered an alternative therapy for cancer treatment [113]. Propolis extracts have been found to inhibit tumor cell growth both in vitro and in vivo, including inhibition of angiogenesis, demonstrating potential for the development of new anticancer drugs [[114], [115], [116]]. Various components of propolis have been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth, including cinnamic acid [66], CAPE [[117], [118], [119]], quercetin [120], and chrysin [121]. Propolis and its components normally have little impact on normal cells, displaying differential cytotoxicity in liver cancer, melanoma and breast cell carcinoma cell lines [122,123]. Propolis enhances the activity of tumor necrosis factor related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) in cancer cells [124].” 37“10.2. Hypertension and cardiovascular diseaseHypertension and cardiovascular disease are considered relevant comorbidities for COVID-19 [[125], [126], [127]]. Propolis has demonstrated anti-hypertensive effects in rat models [33,34,128,129]. In Cameroon, it is used in popular medicine to treat various ailments, including high blood pressure [130]. Propolis has been widely used as a dietary supplement for its health benefits, including cardiovascular protective effects [131,132]. In a human trial, consumption of propolis improved critical blood parameters, including HDL, GSH and TBARS levels, demonstrating that it could contribute to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease [132].(37)Propolis

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