Bees have been healing us for centuries!
We started "Bee Healing", around the experiences we and so many others have had around the miraculous healing properties of some particular types of honey and pollen.
We did research into pollen, propolis, royal and Melipona honey(stingless Bee honey) and our results were nothing short of astounding!
Indeed, medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity. The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its noninflammatory property is relevant to wound repair too. The antimicrobial activity in most honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide. However, another kind of honey, called non-peroxide honey (viz., manuka honey), displays significant antibacterial effects even when the hydrogen peroxide activity is blocked. Its mechanism may be related to the low pH level of honey and its high sugar content (high osmolarity) that is enough to hinder the growth of microbes. The medical grade honeys have potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans. But, there is a large variation in the antimicrobial activity of some natural honeys, which is due to spatial and temporal variation in sources of nectar. Thus, identification and characterization of the active principle(s) may provide valuable information on the quality and possible therapeutic potential of honeys (against several health disorders of humans), and hence we discussed the medicinal property of honeys with emphasis on their antibacterial activities.
OK and we are just talking regular honey! Melipona Bees (stingless Bees)!
Biological and therapeutic effects of honey produced by stingless bees: Science Direct spells it out quite clearly.
The Melipona Stingless Bees!
Melipona honey is more watery than your average honey, and less prone to crystallization. According to Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, it is traditionally used more for medicinal purposes rather than flavoring food. Indeed, scientific studies have shown that honey from stingless bees (called Xunan-Kab in Mayan) offers more antioxidant and inflammation-reduction properties than honey produced from stinging bees.
But the silky honey tastes wholly unique, with slight umami and acidic notes, which is why it's caught the attention of international chefs, not to mention wellness-obsessed internet users intrigued by its touted health benefits.
Stingless bee honey also plays an important role in treating chemically induced cataracts. Honey from the stingless bee Melipona favosa favosa exhibited activity against sodium selenite-induced cataracts in Wistar rats. Furthermore, the application of stingless bee honey as an eye wash agent has led to the retardation of selenite-induced cataracts in rats (Patricia, 2002). In addition, Meliponini honey has been used as an eyedropper to treat eyesight problems. Honey from the stingless bee species Tetragonisca is also used in the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts (Costa-Neto and Oliveira, 2000).
THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!
Gastrointestinal tract diseases! Neurological disorders! Effect on fertility! Anticancer activity! Cholesterol and lipid-lowering effects in cardiovascular diseases! Wound healing activity
ANTI DIABETIC ACTIVITY!!!
The antihyperglycemic effects of honey in rabbits with chemically induced diabetes have been confirmed. One study found that different doses of honey (as low as 5 ml/kg) produced a significant reduction in blood glucose levels and other related parameters. The study indicated that even at low doses (5 ml/kg), honey may be a good alternative to sucrose as a natural sweetener for diabetic patients (Akhtar and Khan, 1989). Honey and its components were found to have several health benefits with long-term usage. Honey showed beneficial effects in one report, including weight improvement and reduction in blood glucose levels.