The activity of propolis against pathogenic fungi isolated from human infections


  • Katarzyna Wolska Institute of Health Sciences, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Siedlce, Poland
  • Katarzyna Antosik Institute of Health Sciences, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Siedlce, Poland


Propolis; Antifungal activity; Human infections


Propolis is a resinous hive product collected by bees from the buds or other parts of plants. It is known for having various biological properties, including antifungal activity. Among the substances present in propolis, flavonoids and phenolic acids and their esters are responsible for its antifungal properties. This means that propolis is ideal for use as an antifungal agent in alternative medicine to treat a number of both topical and systemic infections caused by Candida species and other yeast-like fungi, dermatophyte and nondermatophyte moulds, without the serious side effects typical of synthetic treatment. It is also active against strains of fungi that are resistant to polyenes and azoles, the classes of drugs most commonly used to treat fungal infections. In this article, we review current knowledge about the activity of propolis from different parts of the world and its components in vitro and in vivo against pathogenic fungi isolated from human infections. The article also indicates the possible mechanism of antifungal activity of propolis and its components.


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Katarzyna Wolska, & Katarzyna Antosik. (2023). The activity of propolis against pathogenic fungi isolated from human infections. Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 59, e19978. Retrieved from