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Hello API Friends,

I am Apitherapist in Lisbon, Portugal.

I have an office where I receive people to treat with Apitherapy since 2003.  Apitherapy means that I use honey bee products to help people to recover from their health problems.

So here we can discuss about Apitherapy.

What problems Apitherapy can help, the properties of all honey bee products and how to use them.

I am here at your disposal for questions.

All the best.

Antonio Couto


Dear Antonio,

Thank you for sharing this interesting experience !  It is really amazing to learn that mainly pollen can sustain the human body ! 

What would be your daily recommended doses of pollen for a healthy adult with a regular diet that  wants to start using pollen?  When would be the best time to take pollen and how should pollen be taken ? 



Dear Charlotte,

That's a very good question!!!!   Thank you for asking.

The best quantity of pollen for an adult should be up to 70g for men (4 or 5 soup spoons) and up to 40g for women (2 or 3 soup spoons). Men need more pollen daily because of its hormonal value. Pollen are the spermatozoids from plants and consequently have more importance to men than to women. So men need more pollen daily than women. 

It is better to start with a small amount of pollen and increase gradually until you reach the maximum doses I mentioned before.  The best time to take pollen is in the morning to start your day with an energy boost from pollen. Remember pollen is energy (proteins, vitamins, minerals).

It is necessary to dissolve pollen for example in lemon or orange juice. Pollen have a very hard skin and it is necessary to open this skin to have better access to the nutrients of pollen.  If you eat pollen without dissolving it first, your body will only be able to assimilate around 30% of the nutrients of pollen.   The acids from the fruit juice will open the pollen skin.  The fastest way to open the pollen skin is through lactic fermentation.  Yogurt or kefir for example very quickly open the pollen grains but I don't recommend the use of dairy products so I prefer fruit juice like lemon, orange or apple.     So take 4 or 5 soup spoons of pollen (for men) and mix immediately with enough fruit juice to cover all the pollen and wait about 10 minutes before taking it.

And that's it.  Very simple.

I hope my explanations were clear.

BIG bbbbbzzzzz from Lisbon to you all



Dear Antonio,

Thank you for the explanations. Should pollen be taken away from meals or with breakfast ? For example for propolis, it is recommended to take propolis away from the meals. What would you recommend for pollen ?

So I learned that pollen is a good source of energy (protein) with many vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. that our body needs for good functioning. And it has a special value for men ;-) ... Can you also tell us something about how we could use pollen for certain health issues ?



Dear Charlotte,

As I said before pollen is energy and must be taken in the morning to give us the energy we need to start our day.

The best is to take pollen AS a breakfast.  I mean not after or before breakfast but pollen will be our breakfast.

If you take pollen as a breakfast you don't need any other food because pollen have all nutrients your body needs.

From 1998 my breakfast is pollen with oatmeal and some seeds of pumpkin, flax, sunflower, almonds and nuts.

Pollen can be used to stay healthy or to help treating any kind of disease. Why ?  Because most of the health problems are caused by nutrient deficiencies in our body.

So if you understand that, it is very easy to understand how pollen can be so important to help you to recover from almost everything: because of  pollen's rich compostion of many minerals, vitamins, proteins, etc.

When pollen supplies all the nutrients to our body, it starts to be in good balance again and the body will be stronger to fight diseases.

I do not know what's a cold (or a simple sneeze) since I started consuming daily pollen in my breakfast.

Men after 55 years old cannot produce anymore an important protein for the prostate gland. Without this protein, the prostate gland cannot work in balance anymore and the prostatitis symptoms start from that time (even if he cannot feel anything yet).

Men cannot feel immediately that there is a problem with their prostate gland but day after day the unbalance will be bigger and bigger until one day he starts to feel the symptoms (wake up many times during night to go to pee, burning sensation on blader and penis, etc.).  Prostatitis may progress to prostate cancer (second leading cause of death in man).

Pollen is the only food which contains this protein. So if the men consume pollen they will have a supply of this protein from pollen.  Only for that reason I think it is enough for all men (at least after 55 years old) to start to take pollen everyday until their last day of life.

I hope my answer was clear enough to convince some of you to try pollen.

Bbbbbbbbzzzzzz from Lisbon to all.


Dear API friends,

I would like to continue with our Apitherapy products list.

The next product is Propolis.

My friend Dr. Moises Asis, from Cuba, wrote a book about propolis and the book title is "Propolis, the purple gold".

I think that propolis is really very valuable for our health.

I will explain later everything about it but before that I would like to hear from all of you what do you know about propolis and also questions about it.

I am waiting your posts.

Bbbbzzzzz from Lisbon



Attached is our flyer for the 2016 Spring Apitherapy Course. It is limited to 20 people, and we already have 3 signed up.

We are also having a full day No-Treatment Apiary Class. This class is not limited to the number of students

Or you can go to www.beehealing.buzz.  

BEe loved,




Dear API Friends,

After the big success of the First Level of our workshop on Bee Venom Therapy (micro Apipuncture) on last 31 of October 2015 in Landsberg, Germany, I would like to annunce the Second Level.

This second level of our workshop on Bee Venom Therapy (and other methods) will be placed in Landsberg, Germany on 6 and 7 of February 2016.

Please go to our web site www.apitherapy.academy where you can find all the information about the course.

I also want to inform you that the second level is not only for the participants of the first level because in this second level will be presented some "secrets" on Apitherapy and also other methods. So not only bee venom therapy will be exposed.

All people interested in help others and learn how they can live free of diseases will be welcome.

The limit of people for that course will be only 30 people and 20 places is already taken by the first level participants. So if you are one of this interested people to be present in this course don't loose time and register your name as participant or you will have to wait for the next opportunity like append in the first level with some people.

All the best and see you soon in Landsberg, Germany.


I would like to continue with our list of bee products. As I said in my last post here propolis is the next bee product and is one of the most important products we can use in Apitherapy.

Propolis it is a mixture of resins from plants (collected by the bees, in the bark of trees and plants shoots) (see also: http://teca.fao.org/technology/how-process-raw-propolis-propolis-extracts).

Inside the hive, the bees use propolis as construction material, for thermal insulation and as an anti-bacterial agent to protect the hive against diseases.

It is also used to reduce the entrance size of the beehive and thus making the hive more easily defendable.

I am showing you here the composition, properties and indications of propolis and as you can see it has so many properties that it can be used to treat almost all kind of problems (if the patient has no allergy to it).


•          Resins - 55%

•          Wax - 7,5 35%

•          Volatile oils - 10%

•          Pollen - 5%

•          Fatty Acids - 5%

•          Impurities - 4-19%

•          Terpenes

•          Tannin

•          Secretions from the salivary glands of bees

•          Incidental components


•          Anti-acid resistant microorganisms

•          Allergen

•          Anti-bacterial

•          Anti-biotic

•          Antihaemorrhagic

•          Anti herpes

•          Anti-infective disinfectant

•          Anti-inflammatory

•          Anti-cancer

•          Anti-microbial

•          Anti-tuberculosis

•          Anti-mycotic

•          Anti-oxidant

•          Anti-parasitic

•          Antiseptic

•          Anti-pasmodic

•          Anti-stress

•          Anti-viral

•          Balsamic

•          Healing

•          Preservative

•          Depurative

•          Reduces high pressure

•          Lowers Cholesterol

•          Reduces eye pressure (glaucoma)

•          Reduces capillary permeability

•          Reduces capillary fragility

•          Reduces gastric secretion

•          Reduces side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy

•          Energizing and revitalizing tonic

•          Cleans and softens the skin (external use)

•          Local anesthetic

•          Nutritious

•          Prevents and reduces acute pulmunar failure

•          Promotes the production of collagen and elastin

•          Protects the body against radiation

•          Protects the body against the harmful effects of bee venom

•          Stimulates cell regeneration


•          Buccal cavity - Dentistry

•          Otorhinolaringology

•          Ophthalmology

•          Lung Disease - Pulmonary Medicine

•          Diseases of the digestive apparel

•          Gynecology

•          Dermatology

•          Radiology Radiotherapy

•          Oncology

•          Goiter

•          Inflammations of the intestines

•          Hair loss

•          Renal tuberculosis

•          Strengthening the immune system


Beekeepers in general live longer than other people because they usually use bee products regularly and I am sure that propolis is one of the main responsible for that.

You can learn more about propolis in the TECA technology “How to collect and use propolis” (http://teca.fao.org/technology/how-collect-raw-propolis-hive).

Are you using propolis and do you want to share your experiences with propolis?  Or do you have any questions about the use of propolis? Let us know and I will be happy to reply to your questions.

All the best from Lisbon


Yo desde hace unos 5 años, uso la miel todos los días: En las mañanas para endulzar mi te, y luego para el mate. Mi ensalada de frutas como papaya en rajitas y manzana verde o frutillas con miel. Un pan untado con miel de mesa, muy densa o miel crema, con una rajita de jamón. 

Tambien la utilizo cuando preparo unas alitas picantes agridulces y doradas con miel. o unas costillitas ahumadas de cerdo cocinadas al horno con piña y miel.

Utilizo la miel para endulzar el tujure con leche. Tujure es maiz herbido en agua con lejia, hasta que esta blando. 

Otra forma de que el consumo es en Lima fria, con mucho hielo y endulzada con miel. o simplemente agua fria con miel (guarapo).

Entre otros usos más medicinales que doy, es para el resfrío y la tos. Con estracto de propoleo. unas 40 gotas y dos cucharadas de miel, medio limón y un chorrito de agua caliente, batido y listo. en las mañanas y en las noches.

Bueno esto es en Santa Cruz, región subtropical de Bolivia, 


Translation by TECA team

Since 5 year now, I have been using honey on a daily basis: in the morning I use honey to sweeten my tea and mate, I use honey in my fruit salad with papaya and green apples or berries. I spread my toast with regular honey, cristalized honey or cream honey, and then add a slice of ham.

I also use honey to cook my spicy sweet-sour wings golden brown. Another dish is smoked pork ribs in the oven with pineapple and honey.

I use honey to sweeten "tujure con leche", a Bolivian dessert. You make Tujure by boiling maize in water with an alkaline substance such as the ashes of a plant know natively as "lejía", until the maize is soft.  Once the Tujure is ready, you serve it with milk.

Another way I use honey is to sweeten lemonade, made with lime, a lot of ice and honey.  Or simply cold water sweetened with honey (guarapo).

I also use honey for its medicinal properties against colds and cough. My recipe is as follows:  mix 40 drops of propolis extract,  two spoons of honey, half a lemon and some warm water, take this mixture in the morning and in the evening. 

This is how I use honey in Santa Cruz, subtropical region of Bolivia.

Yo quiero consultar respecto al propoleo. como se puede preparar para la maceracion en alcohol se pierda. Si quiero dar propoleo a los niños mayores de 2 años, pero las gotitas tienen alcohol. Cual es el procedimiento. Por qué se puede mezclar con agua se vuelve lechoso.

Translation provided by TECA team

I have a question related to propolis.  How can alcohol extracted propolis but with the propolis evaporated be prepared ?  I want to give propolis to children older than 2 years, but the propolis drops contain alcohol.  What could be the procedure ?  Why, when I mix propolis extract with water, the mixture becomes milky ?