For centuries, bee pollen, bee venom and honey have been used for treating various conditions like chronic pain and other skin conditions.
The venom acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for chronic pain.
Usually, bee venom is a complex composition of enzymes, amino acids and proteins.
This is a colorless liquid with sweet taste and soluble in water and insoluble in alcohol.
Bee venom also contains mineral substances, formic acid, volatile organic acid, ortho-phosphoric acid, and hydrochloric acid.
Some antibiotics, an enzyme called as phospholipase A and also two amino acids high in cystine and sulphur methionine are also present in bee venom.
Sulphur is the most important component in inducing the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands and also in protecting your body against infections.
Working of bee venom therapy:
The therapist applies bee venom on specific points on the surface of your body. First you will be tested for the sensitivity of bee venom, in this you will be injected a minute dose of bee venom.
Conditions that can be treated with bee venom therapy:
Bee venom therapy is mainly used for arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The venom can be applied directly on your body or with the help of intramuscular injections.
Most of the patients who are suffering from thrombophlebitis and phlebitis observed an increase in their skin temperature with a slight change in their blood circulation. Good results are seen in sciatic nerve cases and also in people with articular and nerve pains.
Good results are also seen in chronic nerve inflammatory conditions and it relieves from the pain and gives a fractional recovery of movement.
When bee venom therapy is used along with other treatment methods like vitamin therapy, a good analgesic effect can be seen in patients dependent on cortisone and are suffering from chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Advanced cases of multiple sclerosis can be treated with been venom therapy. This therapy decreases the knee pain, increases the leg strength and improves the circulation. The venom also has anti-depressive effect and it boosts your mood.
Also, the therapy gives relief from tendonitis, fibrosis, bursitis and various other inflammatory and auto-immune conditions.
Usually, the venom is administered for 4-5 days, which is followed by a break of 2-3 days.
Side effects of bee venom therapy:
About 2% of the people have developed an allergic reaction to the stings from bees and wasps. Reaction due to three or four bee stings is very rare, but the danger can be increased with the increase in number of bee stings.
Most commonly, you can develop hives on your skin and swelling around your eyes, throat, tongue and lips. You can feel the symptoms of vomiting; mental confusion, feeling difficulty in breathing, and slur the spoken words. Also, there is a chance to lose consciousness. There can also be signs of anaphylaxis.
So, before undergoing the therapy, keep the bee sting kit along with you. It should include epinephrine. This drug saves you from entering into the severe condition of anaphylactic shock. You should always take this therapy under the supervision of well known practitioner.