What is Apitherapy and is it Safe?

Apitherapy, also known as “bee venom” or “bee sting” therapy, has been around for thousands of years. If you are a beekeeper you might be familiar with this, but most individuals have never heard of it before!

Have you ever heard of apitherapy? It may not be for everyone...
Have you ever heard of apitherapy? It may not be for everyone…

Apitherapy is the medicinal use of bee products or, as Dr. Stefan Stangaciu, editor in chief of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Association, says it’s the “art and science of treatment and holistic healing through the honeybee and her products for the benefit of mankind and all the animal kingdom.”

The practice of using bee products for medicinal purposes has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans have used various bee products in many of their medical practices.

It’s not surprising that there’s an entire field dedicated to the use of bee products as medicine when there are many known benefits to honey.

Bee sting therapy has become popular as a cosmetic procedure after the actress Gwyneth Paltrow talked about her use of bee sting therapy for her skin. Bee venom is often used to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, shingles, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis. It requires a trained professional to administer it through an injection or direct bee sting. One must use caution when considering this form of therapy because there are many risks associated with bee venom therapy including skin reactions and immunological responses, such as an allergic reaction. Bee venom therapy has been found to help treat plaque psoriasis and post-stroke pain but further research is needed in the treatment of other conditions.

This form of alternative medicine is certainly interesting but needs to, like any medicine, be used with caution. Consult your doctor and a professional before starting any sort of treatment and don’t try bee venom therapy at home!

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