Beeswax is a biologically active product obtaining high bactericidal properties retained even after technological processing. It is used in medicine from early times. The primitive people knew about its antiseptic, wound - healing and mitigating effects Hypocrates recommended to put a layer of wax on the neck in the case of quinsy. Avicenna used it as a cough easing and expectorant remedy and a stimulator lactation for nursing mothers. Later in XVII-XIX and the first half of XX centuries beeswax was practically excluded by chemical therapeutic remedies. Only during recent 15-20 years the situation began changing. Negative side-effects after using "powerful chemistry" became more often. Practitioners and their patients got disappointed in chemistry and turned to natural biologically active products, beeswax among them. One can say it started its new way in medicine. The research showed that beeswax obtained wonderful healthful properties greatly intensified by using honey for food. It was noticed by folk long ago that chewing fresh honey in the comb for example can cure hay fever. An original method of beeswax treatment is widely used for antritis and other nose inflammations, bronchial asthma, paradontose.
Due to the presense of vitamine A in beeswax which is necessary for the normal cell development and integumentary skin epithelium, dew to in mitigating and antiseptic properties beeswax is used for the skin treatment, the mucous membrane treatment in the mouth and skinning over. It is common to combine wax with other medicines. It should be noted that no other product contains so much carotin as beeswax does. Carrot is known to be rich in vitamin A. 100 gr of carrot contain from 2 to 9 mgr of carotin, the same amount of wax contain from 8 to 12 mgr. Oral taking of war is successfully used for spastic colites treat ment. The wax mastic proved to be effective for the peripheral blood circulation trouble, mostly in lower extremities.
In folk medicine wax is used for the loccal treatment of lupus as an ointment made of wax and butter. Wax is widely used as a conservant for making plasters, ointments balsams and for their viscosity and solidity increase. Wax containing ointments improve skin condition, facilitate the soonest skinning over because of the vitamin A and some other biologically active substances presence.
Thanks to wax addition rather stable pharmaceutical emulsions of various consistence from liquid to solid can be prepared (burn and scald treatment emulsions sun protective creams, liguid emulsions are among them).
Suppositories made on the cocoa oil basis often contain beeswax that is necessary for the proper consistence and optimal melting.
Wax is used as a compound for denture making. There are wax containing candies as well. Chewing them intensifies salivation, gastric juice secretion facilitating digestion. Besides the candies of the kind are known to strengthen teeth and gums.
Getting into the stomach wax is not digested, but acts as a greasing favourable for the intestine work. It was reported of the successful wax and honey use for eye scald treatment caused; by caustic alkalis. In this case immediately after having the scald the eyes were bathed by the 5% honey solution, then honey was put with a glass stick behind the lower eyelid 4 times a day.
Wax and honey hoods used for covering scalded cornea were useful too. Their treatment efficiency appeared to be much higher than by using other methods.
Thus beeswax is rather a valuable product for a number of cosmetic and pharmacological drugs. It is well combined with many chemical compounds increasing their positive influence.
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