Apitherapy: Bee Sting Therapy for Pain Relief
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Apitherapy: Bee Sting Therapy for Pain Relief

Apitherapy is the use of bee products including the sting of the honeybee and can provide relief for chronic sufferers of arthritis and muscular/skeletal body aches...

The Sting of a Honeybee vs. Chronic Arthritic and Neural Body Aches

Sufferers of chronic joint, bone, neural or other painful muscular-skeletal conditions that have not improved through the use of conventional OTC and prescription pain relief may find themselves condemned to endure constant pain. Long-term use of anti-inflammatory medications can lead to complication of the liver and the use of prescription pain-killers should not be a long-term treatment option. When nothing else seems to work their lives are seemingly destroyed. Everyday tasks are excruciatingly painful. Sitting or lying down they feel pain. Their unrelenting pain can affect quality of life. For some, the pain might be so severe at times that they consider ending their lives.

An alternative medicine that is gaining support is the treatment of chronic joint, bone and neural pain is apitherapy. This alternative treatment is also known as honeybee-sting therapy.

Honeybee Sting Therapy as an Anti-Inflammatory

Apitherapy (honeybee sting therapy) includes the medicinal and dietary health uses of bee products including raw honey, pollen, bee propolis and pollen, as well as honeybee venom. The alternative health application of the sting of the honeybee can have profound anti-inflammatory properties for those whom have sought relief elsewhere and found none.

The honeybee sting is used as an alternative and possibly last-resort treatment for people with long-term and chronic joint, bone and muscular-skeletal aches that are unresponsive to conventional medicines.

Upon taking an allergy test to rule out the possibility of a potentially deadly or fatal anaphylaxic reaction to the honeybee venom, a course of live honeybee stings is given to the patient from a practitioner of apitherapy. A series of live honeybees is pressed against the skin of the patient whereby the sting is delivered, and the honeybee dies. There is the usual intense pain of the site of the sting which usually subsides within a few minutes and dulls to a minor pain.

Usually as few as four honeybees are applied in this manner every second day is a starter treatment. As the patient becomes desensitized and they can tolerate the bee stings more easily, as many dozens of such honeybee stings can be given every second day for up to several months in some treatment regimens. The severity and nature of the patient's condition dictates the intensity and duration of honeybee-sting therapy.

The list of all the conditions that honeybee sting therapy is stated to be effective is extensive and is an established alternative health option. In this summary we are just focusing upon the use of honeybee venom therapy for pain relief in arthritis, joint and muscular-skeletal conditions.

How Does Honeybee Venom Sting Therapy Work?

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The stings of the common honeybee is believed to stimulate the adrenal glands of the patient, and the body in turn produces cortisol. Cortisol is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory hormone in the human body. Cortisol can have marvelous effects at relieving certain soft-tissue pains such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome and relieving painful joints.

Honeybee sting therapy is believed to also provide relief to sufferers of several types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc..) The reduction of swelling in cartilaginous regions such as elbow, shoulder and knee joints can have a profound effect of pain-reduction upon those whom have received little or no relief from conventional drug treatment.

Does Honeybee Sting Therapy Last for a Long Time?

The hope is that once the chronic swelling is reduced, healing can take place and over time, the treatment can be halted. However if rheumatoid arthritis or cases where the cartilage is worn away to the point of actual bone-to-bone contact in the afflicted joint, honeybee therapy can only provide short-term relief of pain. It will not heal lost or destroyed cartilage.

Bee Sting Preferred over Oral Preparation of Apitherapy Honeybee Venom

It is noteworthy to mention that honeybee sting therapy must come from the live sting of the bee and not from an ingestible preparation (pill, capsule or liquid preparation.) It is believed that the digestive juices in the stomach partially neutralize the potent enzymes of the pill or preparation, so the therapy is more effective when it comes directly from the live sting.

There may even be another benefit to the live honeybee sting method. Adrenalin that comes from even minor pain stimulates cortisol production too in addition to the honeybee venom. When cortisol is released it begins rebuilding damaged tissue (cartilage, tendons, etc.) in response to what the body senses as being a physical trauma.

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Comments (9)

I have taken Bee propolis as a dietary supplement and have tried applying ozonated olive oil for chronic pain. This Bee sting therapy seems pretty radical. Wow! I don't think I could take all those Bee stings. But, I'll defintely look into this therapy. Seems unconventional, but there is not a lot of options for chronic pain sufferers, so a very interesting pursuit for some. Well written and great food for thought.

Stickman, not sure why this happens, but I lose my connection sometimes and this happens. The above comment is from me and you've got my vote on this one. Interesting, indeed.

This is a different approach to a cure. Very interesting.

I wrote this article in response to having having been stung three times on the back of my left hand. At the time it didn't really bother, but 24-hours later my hand ballooned and I scarcely got my wedding band off before the fingers totally bloated. Curiously enough, 24-hours after the stings a chronic & particularly persistent pain in my knee greatly subsided. I could walk down stair almost effortlessly and that has not been the case for maybe 10 or 15 years now. It has been several days post-stings and the pain in the knee is slowly returning, -just as my left hand is almost back to normal.As I understand it, beekeepers say that after you get stung a dozen or more times, you stop having the swelling reaction and it behaves more like a mosquito bite...

No matter what you say, I'm not trying this treatment!

Stickman, you're a tough dude to maintain Apitherapy! I've been stung so many times in my past, I'm really afraid of Bee's - they hurt like hell! In any event, unique approach and unique article.

Amazing, I had no idea bee stings could be used for pain relief. Beautifully written and illustrated.

Some new information for me. Thanks for sharing.

carl moran

I have 3 crushed disks in my back.1 honey bee sting lasts about a month for me. Without them I can't walk,with them I can run. Don't be afraid,catch them in a net,use tweezers to handle them,in 24 hrs aaaahhhhh relief.

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