Last update July 1, 2015


Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Resin-like substance which is extracted from gems of trees and shrubs, modified and used by bees to build their beehives. Contains more than 200 biologic and mineral compounds. It has a local antibacterial and healing effect.

It may induce severe allergic reactions. Renal failure in adults and children has occurred by long term ingestion of Propolis or Diethylene Glycol contamination.

Avoid to apply it on the breast.


We do not have alternatives for Propolis.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Propolis is also known as

Propolis in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Propolis in its composition:


  1. Health Canada. Propolis: suspected association with renal failure. Can Adverse React News 2009; 19 (1): 3. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Zaffani S, Cuzzolin L, Benoni G. Herbal products: behaviors and beliefs among Italian women. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2006 Abstract
  3. Ferrari LA, Giannuzzi L. Clinical parameters, postmortem analysis and estimation of lethal dose in victims of a massive intoxication with diethylene glycol. Forensic Sci Int. 2005 Abstract
  4. Li YJ, Lin JL, Yang CW, Yu CC. Acute renal failure induced by a Brazilian variety of propolis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005 Abstract
  5. Tosti A, Caponeri GM, Bardazzi F, Melino M, Veronesi S. Propolis contact dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis. 1985 Abstract

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