Bactericidal effect of propolis in vitro against agents causing upper respiratory tract infections

Arzneimittelforschung. 1993 Aug;43(8):921-3.


Propolis is a natural product of bees which exhibits an antimicrobial effect. In the study the existence of a bactericidal effect against several strains isolated from patients with infections in their upper respiratory tracts is demonstrated. In light of the use of propolis as a therapeutic agent in natural medicine for common colds and inflammatory processes this effect is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Bacteria / drug effects*
  • Bacteria, Anaerobic / drug effects
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria / drug effects
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Propolis / pharmacology*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / microbiology*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Propolis