Bee Sting Therapy

Have you ever been stung by a bee as a child – or even in adulthood? Did you experience the seemingly excruciating pain, and suffer from the swelling that followed? If you say yes, then surely you know how much suffering a bee sting can cause. But can it also, somehow, cure you? Is the cure even worth the pain? Here we talk about the bizarre bee sting therapy and its pros and cons.

About

Bee therapy – also known as Apitherapy – involves using the venom of bees to cure a huge number of diseases, particularly allergies and rheumatoid arthritis. Certain ‘hot spots’ on the hand and usually sensitive or hurting areas are chosen for this purpose. The bees are placed on those spots, allowing them to sting. The venom thus enters the body and works its magic.

Origin

Honeybee products have been used for thousands of years. Drawings on Egyptian Temples built about 2400 B.C. depict bee-keeping and honey preparation. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed honey extensively and successfully for many diseases. Aztec and Mayan hieroglyphic carvings are full of symbols of bees, honeycombs and pollen.

In ancient Greece, Alexander the Great used bee sting therapy. The 8th century conqueror Charlemagne was cured of gout by using bee stings. In the late 1800’s, Phillip Terc treated thousands of arthritic patients for 40 years with bee stings and claimed a cure rate higher than 80%.

Today, honeybee products are being used and studied all over the world. Honey is the best known product. Less known in the U.S. are other bee products such as bee venom, royal jelly, propolis and bee pollen. These products are widely used in Russia, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and other countries for their unique healing qualities.

Theory

The bee sting stimulates the body’s immune system so that it can begin to heal itself. Once the stinger is embedded in the skin, it pumps venom into the sting site. In reaction to the foreign substance entering its system, the body sends large amounts of blood to the area. The blood containing WBCs begins to heal the affected area, thus also curing diseases simultaneously.

It is a way to give a kick to the immune system. In order to receive a full dose of venom, the stinger is left in the skin for at least 10-15 minutes. During this time the stinger is acting as an acupuncture needle.

Apart from that, Dr. Artemov of Gorky University was among the first to prove that the bodies adrenal glands are stimulated by venom to release cortisol. Cortisol is the natural version of the steroid cortisone that is commonly used by physicians to treat arthritis and other cases of inflammation.

Ailments Cured

  • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory
  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Inflammation and tendon injuries – Chronic back and neck pain may respond well to this treatment.
  • Wounds and scars – Wounds and scar tissues are softened by the substances in the venom and can be smooth and can regain normal color. Internal tissue injuries, occurring as a result of surgery, may respond to treatment over the area of the body.
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lyme disease

Method

To help reduce the initial pain of the sting, extreme cold is applied to the ink mark area through the application of ice wrapped in a damp cloth or an ice-pack. The ice is applied for a minute or two in order to numb the sting site and reduce the initial pain associated with the sting.

Once the area is adequately numbed with ice, a bee is removed from the jar and the tip of the bee’s abdomen is applied to the ink mark.

Eight to 12-inch forceps are the perfect tool for removing bees from the jar. It is important to try and grasp the bees by their head or thorax rather than the abdomen, since grabbing the bee by the abdomen may damage the stinging apparatus preventing the stinging mechanism from working.

If a person has not received a bee sting within the past two weeks, it is prudent to try a test sting before applying full stings to be sure they have not become hyper-allergic.

To apply a test sting simply scratch out the honey bee stinger within a split second after it has become embedded in the skin. Then wait for 15-20 minutes and monitor the patient. If they do not experience symptoms associated with anaphylaxis, such as fainting, loss of blood pressure, and breaking out in hives all over the body, then bee venom therapy can proceed with full strength stings.

Source : http://www.beeculture.com/bee-venom-therapy

 

Apiculture

You can grow your own swarm of bees in your backyard itself! Here’s how –

  1. Make Arrangements for Your Hive
  2. Place Your Hives in the Optimal Location
  3. Introduce the Bees into the Hive
  4. Care for Your Bee Community by protecting them against animals and feeding them properly

You can read the detailed bee keeping method on – https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Started-Beekeeping

Personal Experiences

Here’s what people who tried bee sting therapy have to say

1- Treating Lyme disease

Rebecca Hayward started to feel unwell in the winter of 1999 after a tick bite the previous summer and the doctor said, only that it wasn’t anything to worry about. However, she soon started experience symptoms.

In the April of 2000 I started to deteriorate rapidly. I had visual disturbances; my hearing was distorting; I kept passing out and developed vertigo; my heart palpated; blood pressure dropped and my pulse raised.”

She was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. But she did not have the sufficient funds for any sort of expensive treatment.

Long story short- I met my partner online and his health insurance paid for a Lyme test. It was positive. And there was absolutely no money whatsoever to treat. I hadn’t been getting sickness benefits until I met my partner, Lee as I couldn’t fill the forms in and had been living on the bare minimum of income support and was in debt. I didn’t have any savings. Nor did my partner. I knew I had Lyme, I wanted to treat it and I couldn’t afford any of the options.That’s when I read about Ellie Lobel’s story and Dr Klinghardt’s success with bee venom and started considering Bee Venom Therapy”

Her therapy went something like –

The initial test sting was hard. I’m allergic to bees and have histamine intolerance, so the possibility of going into anaphylaxis was relatively high. My throat did become tight and I had difficulty breathing for a few minutes. Slightly scary, more so for Lee. I was almost beyond caring, I’d reached the point of last resort and no return. I had the precautionary alcohol free Benadryl on one side and EpiPen’s on the other (you can’t begin bee venom therapy without them). Lee had been primed to tip the Benadryl down my throat and then inject me if anything went wrong. It didn’t. I was fine. I herxed like crazy that night- sweats, shaking, nausea and dizziness, but no anaphylaxis.


After the test sting, providing all goes well, you place two stings on either side of the spine and leave them in for a total of twenty minutes. If that’s tolerated, you increase the number of stings at a rate that suits you until a maximum of ten stings is reached. Always along the spine to begin with. Some people can build up quickly and easily, others struggle tremendously.”

Did the painful therapy help her at all? Fortunately it helped her enormously.

my energy is better and is relatively stable. I’m able to socialise again – in a limited capacity, but I’m leaving the house on a regular basis. My vision has improved and the dizziness has almost gone. Cognitively I’ve improved dramatically. I couldn’t have written this prior to bee venom therapy. The level of exercise (yoga) that I can manage daily has tripled and I managed to complete a yoga teacher training course last year. My response to stress has improved, I almost respond normally again; the adrenaline doesn’t kick in and knock me off balance for days or weeks anymore. I feel safe inside my body again, more like me, less like an invaded, overwhelmed host.”

Her full story at – http://lymediseaseuk.com/2017/04/02/bee-venom-therapy-rebecca-hayward/

2- Bee Venom Therapy for Allergies

Claudia Kulik, from Massachusetts had a severe case of allergies since childhood – allergies so bad that one of the dust allergies led to her going blind in one eye. She was diagnosed with MS.

When the usual treatments didn’t help, she went for BVT.

I had heard of Bee Venom Therapy on a show called unsolved mysteries. People discussed how bee venom was able to help them with some of their issues, so I started looking up BVT on the internet. I found a gentleman in Connecticut that trained one how to use bees to treat MS, etc. His name is Alan Lorenzo, and we scheduled our “lesson” for May of 2014.


While I was speaking to Alan, he asked me about the medication that I was on and he told me some things that really took me back. I did not understand, nor was it completely explained to me, that the medication I was using, was shutting down my immune system, and to top it off, was filling me with steroids. And of course I researched this information, and found it to be true.”

And how did her BVT go?

Yeah, it hurt. But, it was only for about 15-30 seconds. Then it stopped. We waited awhile, and then took out the stingers. That night, my hands did not go numb and I was in shock over that. So, I survived my first stinging and as time went by, I heard from Alan twice every week, and if I had questions, I heard from him more often. But we gradually increased the bees to 20 stings at a time.”

She is now in a much better condition, with her numbness and aching problem almost gone.

Her full account and more at – http://www.beewelltherapy.com/testimonials

Popularity

Because of its miraculous healing ways, BVT is popular on a global level, from China to Egypt, U.S. to Africa.

Controversies

So we now know all the miracles bee therapy has performed on several patients, but can it also have fatal consequences?

Sadly, yes.

A 55-year-old Spanish woman who had been having live bee acupuncture for two years developed a severe reaction and died weeks later of multiple organ failure.

The woman’s case has been reported in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, by doctors from the allergy division of University Hospital, Madrid.

She had been having the treatment once a month for two years at a private clinic to improve muscular contractures and stress.

During a session, she developed wheezing, shortness of breath, and sudden loss of consciousness immediately after a live bee sting.

She was given steroid medication but no adrenaline was available, and it took 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Are you ready for it?

Knowing the benefits and risks of Bee Sting Therapy, we leave the decision upto you. Are you ready for this bizarre therapy?

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