What Do You Take When You’re Sick? And Have You Ever Tried … Propolis?
The last time I went to see my acupuncturist, he took a look at my tongue, pressed his pointer finger into my jumpy pulse, then said, “You’re burning the candle at both ends.” Busted! And totally true.
One thing I’ve learned with a little age is that my body reacts very quickly to stress and poor self-care. All it takes is a couple of bad nights’ sleep, one too many nights out, or a few weeks of not really paying attention and woooooomp. I get a bug.
Pain in the butt as it is, I sort of like it this way because it keeps me in check. I have friends who can do just about anything to their body and bounce back like it’s nothing (jalouse!), but some people (moi!) need a certain amount of routine and rest to feel their best. Easy to say, hard to do, and when I don’t, I pay for it. Like I am now.
Problem is, I’m scared of pretty much all OTC drugs except Advil (and sunscreen), so when the boy kindly asked me if he could get me any medicine this weekend, my first thought was: “But I don’t take medicine!” Which, on its face, is ridiculous. If you feel bad and something can make you feel better…
Right. So for me, that’s where propolis comes in.
Propolis is a resin that bees collect from trees and other plants to seal up holes and gaps in their hive. That’s not all it does, though. Propolis is also used by bees to fight bacterial growth, disease and parasites—and human, cleverly taking cues from the bees, use the stuff for all kinds of infections, bugs, fungi, viruses etc. And we’ve been doing that for approximately 2,500 years.
The research on it says that in certain formulations it can be powerfully antibacterial and antifungal, can be used for canker sores and herpes, as well as other kinds of infection and inflammation. A recent study also showed it to be as effective as prescription drugs on toenail fungus, which, if you have toenail fungus, could be good news. It may also be an immunostimulant.
As is often the case with plant medicine, the studies about the stuff are mostly small and inconclusive. Very promising, though, if you ask me.
And no, I can’t be sure that propolis shortens the length of my colds or prevents them from spreading and worsening… But considering my colds typically last about 3 days and never get that bad, it certainly seems to work for me.
So what about you guys? Do you look forward to getting a cold so you can take Nyquil? Do you use homeopathic stuff? What’s worked for you?