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Title: Attitudes to and prevalence of bee product usage in pediatric pulmonology patients
Authors: Živanović, Slavoljub 
Pavlović D.
Stojanović N.
Veljković M.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2019
Journal: European Journal of Integrative Medicine
Abstract: © 2019 Elsevier GmbH Introduction: For hundreds of years honey and bee products have been used in diets and as a home remedies. In order to assess the prevalence of bee products usage in pediatric pulmonary patients, an anonymous survey of parents/guardians was conducted. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed in the pediatric pulmonology outpatients clinic using a questionnaire which contained 20 open-ended and closed-ended questions. Results: Of 138 questionnaires distributed, 120 were fully completed and included in the analysis. 79% of the respondents had given their child some form of bee product to alleviate health problems (e.g. asthma and bronchitis), which most frequently included meadow honey, propolis and royal jelly. Living in the city and older age of parents/guardians significantly increased the probability of using bee products. Products were usually purchased in pharmacies or beekeepers shops. Bee product blends, used by ≈74%, were often produced at home, and they contained a variety of plant ingredients (pine needles, black radish, dandelions, onions, ginger, thyme, St Johns’ Worth, yarrow, etc.). More than a half reported better improvements combining bee products and prescribed medicines. A few very mild side-effects were reported by 5% and one case of an allergic reaction to propolis. Conclusions: Medicinal usage of bee products among pediatric pulmonology patients in South- East Serbia is widespread. Almost all interviewed parents/guardians would like to learn more about bee products and the possibilities for their safe and effective application.
ISSN: 18763820
DOI: 10.1016/j.eujim.2019.02.001
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