Spring Is Buzzing: How Honey Can Help With Your Health - Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013, 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Spring is in the air and as flowers start to bloom you

might notice an increase in the bee population as well. Bee products have long

been used in medicine and cooking as a healthy alternative.

Honey contains the

vitamins and minerals that are lacking in refined table sugar, making it a much

healthier sweetener. As a folk remedy, honey has traditionally been taken for

heartburn and stomach ulcers. Read on to find out what they can do for your

health.

Self-Healing With Honey: The Natural Antibiotic

In fact, Western research indicates that honey may halt

the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for most gastric ulcers, and

the caffeic acid found in honey may also prevent colon cancer. The only warning

for this delicious, bacteria-fighting sweetener is that it should never be

given to a child under the age of one because raw honey may contain botulism

spores.

Here are some home remedies for common

ailments, in which honey takes center stage!

1) First aid for wounds. Honey can also be used

topically. Honey-soaked gauze can be wrapped around burns and wounds to help

healing and applied to insect bites to soothe and prevent infections.

2) Soothe a sore throat. Eat a teaspoon of honey to

soothe and coat the throat.

3) Remedy your allergies. One teaspoon of

unfiltered and unprocessed honey taken daily can do wonders for allergies.

4) Cure a cough. Core and peel one Asian pear, adding

one tablespoon of honey to the center, and steam or bake for 10-15 minutes. Eat

this two to three times a day to nourish your lungs and soothe a cough.

5) Counteract constipation. When you wake up in the

morning, on an empty stomach, drink a 12 oz glass of lukewarm water

with one tablespoon of honey.

Be Healthy With Bee Pollen And Propolis

Here are two bee products that might surprise you with

their beneficial properties: bee pollen and propolis. Bee pollen, rich in

vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, gives your energy and vitality a

boost. It also protects the liver from toxins and benefits men with enlarged

prostates.

Propolis is a resin that’s secreted by the bees to

repair their hive and it acts as a protective layer against invading microbes

and other organisms. Propolis stimulates immune functions and is full of

flavonoids with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains

terpenoids, which possess antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents.

Similar to certain prescription antibiotics, propolis

can prevent bacterial cell division and break down the cell walls of invading

organisms. Of course, never stop prescription medication without checking with

your doctor. Get this substance in propolis-enriched honey or capsules.

All Hail the Queen Bee!

Another bee product that you may have heard about is

royal jelly. In Asian cultures, royal jelly is considered a powerful longevity

tonic; it has been touted to stimulate immunity, vitality, and virility.

Royal jelly is rich in vitamins and collagen – a protein

that we lose as we get older. Royal jelly has also been found to effectively

fight tumors, particularly the sarcoma type. An antibacterial protein in the

substance, called royalisin, is powerful protection from certain bacteria,

including streptococcus and staphylococcus.

This incredibly therapeutic jelly is the food reserved

for queen bees. Here’s where it gets interesting: the queen bee lives five to

seven years while the worker bees live only five to seven weeks. When the queen

bee is fed the same food as the worker bees, she has the same life span of five

to seven weeks. It’s no wonder that royal jelly is celebrated as a longevity

tonic throughout Asia!

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni,

best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and

board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake

Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post. 

Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his

associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.

Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than

25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. 

To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or

you can email Dr. Mao at contact@taoofwellness.com. To subscribe to his

tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com.

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