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I Like Your Beehive: Bee Glue Helps Hair Grow

by Angela Santoriello

Who ever would have thought that bees would have anything to do with hair loss?

According to a recent study from the American Chemical Society out of Hokkaido, Japan, bee glue might be an answer in the sticky situation of hair replacement. Leading the study, Ken Kobayashi told Fox News that the substance “can improve hair loss due to inflammation through the anti-inflammatory properties and the keratinocyte-proliferative effect.”

Medical Daily further confirmed the study, saying, “After receiving a topical application of propolis, both groups of mice grew their fur back faster than mice not given propolis.”

Derived from beehives, the sticky substance dates back to Aristotle, with healing properties documented in approximately 350 B.C.

“More than 2,300 years ago, people began using propolis for many purposes, including tumor treatment, though primarily to fight infection and wounds,” reported Medical Daily, adding, “contemporary scientists have proven the antiseptic properties of this natural substance.”

The bee glue has also been helpful in treating the herpes virus and healing the mouth after oral surgery. Popular in health food stores, the substance comes in lots of forms, including balms, powders, capsules and extracts among many others. Claiming to be the state-of-the-art topical beehive ointment, Polaris Research Labs reports its NR-10 is the leading hair growth treatment in a topical application.

Working with dermatologists and molecular biologists, the laboratory asserts itself to be the “largest provider of specialized hair-growth products in the medical community,” and claims the company’s “clinical research efforts have contributed significantly to advancing the treatment of hair loss and androgenic alopecia.”

Though the study out of Japan is hopeful, American dermatologist Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos counters the claim, saying “propolis’ anti-inflammatory properties would do little for male-pattern baldness.”

But that is not stopping Kobayashi and researchers from further study. Fox News reports the Japanese scientist and “his team are currently studying propolis’ effect on human hair follicles in vitro, with a subsequent trial study to take place depending on results.”

If successful, the team will go one step further and mix the topical substance with minoxidil, which is the main hair-growth ingredient in Rogaine, the popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatment.

“A combination of propolis and minoxidil may be [very] effective,” said Kobayashi.

With only time telling whether or not, propolis is the bee’s knees, the only thing to do is wait to see further studies of mice and men.

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