Bee sting therapy, also known as bee venom therapy, is actually a part of apitherapy, a type of alternative medicine that uses bee venom to treat several health conditions.
The alternative medicine known as apitherapy uses pollen, propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, honey, and other beehive products. But bee sting therapy, as the name suggests, utilizes the sting of the bee. It is of course painful, but supporters of this treatment promise that the result is worth the pain.
What’s the Buzz All About?
Bee sting has healing properties and can help treat different autoimmune and chronic diseases, such as:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Some cardiovascular diseases, such as arrhythmia, acute rheumatic fever, and arteriosclerosis
- High blood pressure
- Irregular menstruation and PMS
- Skin diseases, such as bruises, high sensitivity, and melanoma
- Neurological diseases like Bell’s Palsy, neuralgias, carpal tunnel syndrome
The list of conditions continues to grow and the good news is that, although the therapy is quite painful, it is remarkably safe. The unfortunate thing is only few healthcare practitioners are aware of how to perform the therapy as well as its uses and efficiency.
So How is the Bee Sting Therapy Carried Out?
Traditionally, bee sting therapy is administered using live bees, which will deliver the bee venom to specific parts of the body. The health practitioner should know where the sting should take place. Oftentimes, the bee will sting the affected area, but some practitioners target acupuncture and other trigger points. But the therapy can also be carried out through cream, injection, or liniment depending on the disease.
If bee venom is through live bee stings, the most effective is during late spring to early fall. This is because during these times, the bees have good sources of pollen that allow them to produce powerful venom.
Why is the Therapy Effective?
Many people may doubt the efficacy of the therapy, but there are also several proponents who claim they have been cured by the sting of the bee. The venom that comes from this insect has active substances, such as proteins, amino acids, and enzymes. It also has elements that fight inflammation and pain.
Note that bee sting therapy may result to some discomfort, such as pain, inflammation, redness, and swelling. But all these side effects mean that the therapy is working. In fact, the more severe the reaction, the better as this means faster recovery. However, some people, although rare, may experience anaphylaxis, which can be fatal if not treated immediately. It is important that you know first whether or not you are allergic to bee stings before you proceed with this therapy.