AYU (An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda)

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178--182

Medicinal and cosmetic uses of Bee俟Q製 Honey - A review


E. R. H. S. S Ediriweera1, N. Y. S Premarathna2 
1 Professor, Department of Nidana Chikitsa, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka
2 Intern Medical Officer, Disanayaka Ayurveda Hospital, Megalle, Galle, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
E. R. H. S. S Ediriweera
Department of Nidana Chikitsa, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya
Sri Lanka

Bee俟Q製 honey is one of the most valued and appreciated natural substances known to mankind since ancient times. There are many types of bee俟Q製 honey mentioned in Ayurveda. Their effects differ and 俟QMakshika俟Q is considered medicinally the best. According to modern scientific view, the best bee俟Q製 honey is made by Apis mellifera (Family: Apidae). In Sri Lanka, the predominant honey-maker bee is Apis cerana. The aim of this survey is to emphasize the importance of bee俟Q製 honey and its multitude of medicinal, cosmetic and general values. Synonyms, details of formation, constitution, properties, and method of extraction and the usages of bee俟Q製 honey are gathered from text books, traditional and Ayurvedic physicians of Western and Southern provinces, villagers of 俟Q膊alahe俟Q in Galle district of Sri Lanka and from few search engines. Fresh bee俟Q製 honey is used in treatment of eye diseases, throat infections, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, hiccups, thirst, dizziness, fatigue, hepatitis, worm infestation, constipation, piles, eczema, healing of wounds, ulcers and used as a nutritious, easily digestible food for weak people. It promotes semen, mental health and used in cosmetic purposes. Old bee俟Q製 honey is used to treat vomiting, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes mellitus and in preserving meat and fruits. Highly popular in cosmetic treatment, bee俟Q製 honey is used in preparing facial washes, skin moisturizers, hair conditioners and in treatment of pimples. Bee俟Q製 honey could be considered as one of the finest products of nature that has a wide range of beneficial uses.


How to cite this article:
Ediriweera E, Premarathna N. Medicinal and cosmetic uses of Bee's Honey - A review.AYU 2012;33:178-182


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Ediriweera E, Premarathna N. Medicinal and cosmetic uses of Bee's Honey - A review. AYU [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Dec 6 ];33:178-182
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