Treatment with bee venom
Apitherapy is an alternative method of medicine in which bee products are used for the prevention and treatment of diseases – honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax and bee venom. These products can be applied topically, taken orally, or injected directly into the bloodstream.
WHAT ARE TREATED WITH BEEKEEPING PRODUCTS
On the website of the American Association of Acupuncturists, it is indicated that this method is used to treat multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, various infections, inflammation of the joints, burns, to heal wounds, reduce pain, and a number of other problems. Among all, and for the treatment of cancerous tumors, both benign and malignant. Moreover, only a list of diseases and healing properties of bee products is provided, but no reference to research to confirm this.
Proponents of apitherapy claim its exceptional health benefits. But this benefit is not justified by authoritative scientific evidence, because it practically does not exist.
There are a number of articles on the benefits of using bee products—for wound healing, to using bee venom to reduce swelling and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. But many of these studies have low-quality data, their results cannot be considered representative, and the authors note the need for additional research before drawing any firm conclusions.
One of the common methods of apitherapy is treatment with bee venom (Bee Venom Therapy). In this case, live bee stings are used in special points of the body or an injection made from bee venom. To reduce pain, apply ice to the bite site.
Proponents of this method indicate that it is effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and various types of pain. Instead, studies indicate insufficient data to make claims about not only the effectiveness, but also the safety of this method.
In addition, the conclusion of a systematic review on treatment with bee venom warns of a high probability of side effects.
But such studies exist. According to their results, this method shows low efficiency. At the same time, due to the small sample, it is not possible to draw conclusions about the effectiveness and safety of using bee venom for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
There is another rather innovative method of treatment with the help of bees. People are offered to spend a few hours or even spend the night in a specially equipped house, where they can lie on a bed under which there are beehives. This method is innovative because it is almost never used anywhere in the world except Ukraine. Accordingly, there is no scientific confirmation of its effectiveness.
Most likely, such a “treatment” will not bring any special harm to the body, but also the promised benefits. The founders of this method, to put it mildly, exaggerate its healing effects. And they promise the healing of literally the entire body — for example, elimination of blood circulation disorders, normalization of blood pressure, cleansing of the bronchi and reduction of the likelihood of tuberculosis, normalization of metabolism, inhibition of the aging process, and a number of other effects. And all this thanks to the buzzing of bees and their healing biofield.
WHEN BEE PRODUCTS BRING BENEFITS
Bee products can be useful, but under several conditions. First, it is important to be sure that a person is not allergic to such products. Secondly, it is worth considering the potential risks of their use. Adding honey to tea appears to be significantly safer than purposefully stinging bees or using bee products or their buzzing to treat serious ailments.
When it comes to alternative treatments, it is extremely important to think critically and be very careful. Most often, such methods do not have proven effectiveness, are not sufficiently studied and are offered by people who do not have medical education or proper experience.