Apitherapy is a term used to describe a number of medicinal and medical therapies that are derived from bees.

 

People ask why do you keep bees as they shake with the fear of remembering that time they got stung when still a child.  Usually on the foot because they trod on a bee. J  For me it’s the good that bees do for people.  They provide every service you can need in life; they can sustain you with golden life giving Honey and Pollen.  Some people even eat the baby bees called brood stir fried in butter and a little garlic and salt or eaten raw straight from the hive wax and Honey and brood all together.  Bees are the great sustainers of our lives and we owe them much respect.  But not only food do they offer but also healing in many forms and for all kinds of maladies of the body but like all medicines people need to take care and not to overdo it.  “BV” or “Bee Venom” therapy or “Bee Sting” therapy has the ability to kill virus and bacterial infections in our bodies that modern antibiotics just can’t fix. Not only venom but Propolis that is used as a glue or gap sealer buy bees is also one of the best anti-bacterial substances that is incorporated into medicine for sore throats and haemorrhoid creams and cuts and abrasions.  

I am not a doctor, I am a highly trained beekeeper and researcher and nothing in this article should be construed as medical advice.  Please always consult your doctor prior to using bee products as a primary or complementary treatment for your condition.

These include:

·        Bee Venom

o   Bee venom has been used for thousands of years by native healers all around the world.  In recent years people have once again turned to more natural therapies as modern medicine has failed to provide true cures for many of the diseases of our modern age. 

o   Traditional medicine used live bees to directly sting the patent 1 to 30 times per session 1 to 3 times a week.

·        Pollen

o   Pollen has also been seen as a source of high grade vegetable protein and allergy relief for things such as hay fever. 

o   Recent studies confirm the use of pollen to promote and protect good gut bacteria that is needed to have a healthy life.

§  Although there is little to no evidence of any therapeutic value in eating pollen for allergy reduction as such; many people claim it helps even if just a little.

·        Royal Jelly

o   Royal Jelly is used for ability to prevent certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure, relieve sexual infertility, lower cholesterol levels, protects the liver, reduces inflammation, heals digestive disorders, prevents premature aging, help in weight loss efforts, and increase circulation.

o   Unfortunately the production of Royal Jelly involves the creation and killing of thousands of bee queens which is not beneficial to the bee industry

o   Most Royal Jelly is made in China and may also contain contaminants such as antibiotics banned in other countries.

o   Despite its potential benefits I do not advocate the use of Royal Jelly due to its method of production.

·        Propolis

o   Propolis is the glue collected and used by bees to close gaps and sterilise the hive and stop other critters entering or living in those cracks. 

o   There is some evidence to show the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of Propolis and how it can be used to help with conditions from wound care to haemorrhoids

·        Honey

o   Honey has been used to heal wounds for thousands of years as far back as we have records and is likely one of the oldest uses for honey besides eating for its sweet energy giving properties.

o   Its used to make beer (mead) and sweeten our tea and make food such as honey chicken.  Honey is imbued with many enzymes and bifobacterium from the bees that make honey a great support for good gut bacteria that help to keep a healthy intestinal system.

 

A lack of proper scientific studies has added to the confusion surrounding Apitherapy so it is very important that you consult your doctor to check for contra indicators according to your individual situation.  This is particularly important when contemplating bee venom therapy.

The following information was taken from a number of sources from around the web and there seems to be general agreement with the below lists with Apitherapists.  There is a plethora of anecdotal information advocating the use of bee venom in a huge number of situations but this does not guarantee it will work for you or your particular situation.

The following are conditions that are most often addressed with Apitherapy: primarily Bee Venom and Propolis

In most cases more than 80% of patients receiving Apitherapy for there conditions have a complete recovery from there condition whilst 15% have improvement in there condition but not fully cured and around 5% have no noticeable improvement.  Please thoroughly research all aspects of your situation and its ability to be helped by Bee Venom Therapy.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION OR PROBLEMS

        Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

        Arthritis

        Hay fever

    NEUROLOGIC PROBLEMS

        ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

        Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

        Shingles

        Scar pain

    MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS

        Arthritis

        Gout

        Tendonitis, bursitis

        Spinal pain

    INFECTIOUS PROBLEMS

        Bacterial, viral, and fungal illnesses

        Lyme Disease

    TRAUMAS

        Wounds, acute and chronic

        Burns

        Sprains

        Fractures

    TUMORS

        Benign

        Malignant (cancer)

 

BVT has also been used to treat the following list of ailments for many thousands of years.

    ALLERGIES (ALLERGOLOGY)

        BV Allergy

        Bee Pollen Allergy

        Hay fever

        Ragweed polinosis

    CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES (CARDIOLOGY)

        Acute rheumatic carditis

        Angina pectoris

        Arrhythmias

        Artheritis obliterans

        Artheriosclerosis

        Atherosclerosis

        Atherosclerotic Arteritis of the Inferior Limbs

        Capillary fragility

        Cardiac diseases (non-specific)

        Cerebral atherosclerosis

        Cerebral Trombosis

        Coronary Heart Diseases

        Flebitis

        Heart insufficiences

        Haemorrhagies of vascular origin

        High Blood Pressure

        Liver congestion

        Peripheral Ischemic Degenerative Syndrome

        Peripheral Vascular Diseases

        Raynaud's Disease

        Slow peripheral blood flow

        Varicose ulcer

        Varicosis

    BLOOD DISEASES (HEMATOLOGY)

        Anemia

        Coagulation diseases with aplasia

        Haemorrhagic gingivitis

        Hyperlipidaemia

    CANCERS (ONCOLOGY)

        Basal cell carcinoma

        Chemotherapy (during)

        Gynaecologic cancer (non-specific)

        Lymphoma

        Malignant melanoma

        Mammary tumors

    EYE DISEASES (OPHTHALMOLOGY)

        Cataract

        Iridocyclitis

        Iritis

        Microbial inflammatory affections of the fore-pole of the eye

        Microbial inflammatory affections of the ocular annexes

        Ocular burns

        Ocular traumas

        Ocular anexes burns

        Ocular anexes traumas

        Status post-ophthalmic herpes

        Virus inflammatory affections of the fore-pole of the eye

        Virus inflammatory affections of the ocular annexes

    ENDOCRINE SYSTEM DISEASES (ENDOCRINOLOGY)

        Adrenal glands diseases

        Cortisol Secretion Dysfunction

        Hyperthyroidism

        Hypofoliculinic Disfunctional Syndromes

        Hypoglycemia

        Insufficiency of sexual hormones

        Irregular Periods

        Menstrual Cramps

        Mood Swings

        Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

    DIGESTIVE APPARATUS DISEASES (GASTRO-ENTEROLOGY, HEPATOLOGY)

        Affections of the liver cells

        Chronically hepatitis

        Chronically liver diseases

        Colitis (sub-acute and chronic)

        Constipation

        Gastro-duodenal ulcer

        Gastric H. pylori colonization

        Liver cirrhosis

    GENITAL APPARATUS DISEASES (GYNECOLOGY)

        Cervix erosions

        Hypofoliculinic Dysfunctional Syndromes

        Irregular Periods

        Leucorrhoea

        Menstrual Cramps

        Menstrual Cramps

        Mood Swings

        Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

        Sexual dynamic weakness

        Trichomonas vaginalis

        Vaginal sores (post-surgical)

        Vaginitis

        Vegetations

        Wounds (hardly healing) after gynecological surgical operations

    IMMUNE SYSTEM DISEASES (IMMUNOLOGY)

        AIDS

        B-Cell Enhancement

        Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

        Systemic Lupus Erithematosus

        T-Cell Suppression

    KIDNEY DISEASES (NEPHROLOGY)

        Chronically kidney insufficiency

        Kidney diseases (non-specific)

    MENTAL DISEASES (PSYCHIATRY)

        Alcohol addiction

        Oligophrenia

        Schizophrenia

    MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM DISEASES

    (RHEUMATOLOGY, MYOLOGY, OSTEOLOGY)

        Acute and Chronic Bursitis

        Ankylotic Spondyilarthritis

        Ankylotic Spondylitis Deformans

        Arthritis

        Arthrosis

        Fibrositis

        Juvenile Arthritis

        Lateral Epicondylitis (Tenis Elbow)

        Muscular Rheumatism

        Muscle Tonus Problems Ligament Troubles

        Myalgia

        Myositis

        Osteoarthritis

        Periarthritis of the shoulder with calcifications

        Poliarthritis Deformans

        Psoriatic Arthritis

        Reduced Muscle Force (Weak Muscles = Hypotonia)

        Rheumatic afflictions of muscles, nerves and articulations

        Rheumatic diseases (non-specific)

        Rheumatoid arthritis

        Scheuermann's Disease (osteochondrosis)

        Spondyloarthrosis (Clinical Arthrosis)

        Traumatic Arthritis

    NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES (NEUROLOGY)

        Asthenia

        Cerebral Trombosis

        Chronic Pain Syndrome

        Dupuytren's Contracture

        Insomnia

        Lumbago Neuralgia

        Lumbar back pains

        Migraine

        Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

        Neuralgies

        Neurasthenia

        Neuritis

        Neurotic Disorders

        Paresthesia related to Spondyloarthrosis Meralgia Paresthetica

        Peripheral Neuritis

        Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

        Sciatica

        Zona-zoster

    NOSE, EAR, THROAT DISEASES (OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY)

        Acute inflammations of the middle ear

        Acute rhino-pharyngo-tonsilitis

        Acute tonsilitis

        Chronic allergical rhinitis

        Chronic allergo-infected hyperplastic rhinosinusitis

        Chronic hypertrophic rhinitis

        Chronic hypotrophic rhino-pharyngitis

        Chronic laryngitis

        Chronic medium suppurating otitis

        Chronic otitis with acute mesotympanitis

        Chronic pharyngitis

        Chronic rhino-pharyngitis

        Chronic rhino-pharyngo-tonsilitis

        Chronic simple atrophic rhino- pharyngitis

        Cochleo-vestibular syndrome

        Diffuse external otitis

        External diffuse eczematous otitis

        Hypohearing

        Influenza infection

        Mesotympanitis

        Osena

        Pharyngitis

        Phonasthenia

        Post-traumatic pharyngitis

        Sore throat

        Traumatic perforation of tympanum

    NUTRITION AND METABOLIC DISEASES

        Abnormal cholesterol and triglycerides

        Anorexia (lack of appetite)

        Diabetes

        Dystrophies (dystrophy to children suffering of oligophrenia)

        General Metabolic Diseases (non-specific)

        Hyperlipidaemia

        Hypoglycemia

    RESPIRATORY APPARATUS DISEASES (PNEUMOLOGY)

        Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

        Angina

        Asthmatic bronchitis

        Bronchial asthma

        Bronchiectasis

        Bronchitis

        Chronically cough

        Chronic non-specific diseases of lungs

        Cough

        Inflammatory diseases of the upper respiratory tract

        Influenza infection

        Laryngitis

        Non-specific chronic pneumonia

        Non-specific endo-bronchitis

        Non-specific pneumonia

        Pulmonary tuberculosis

        Rhinitis

        Tracheitis

        Tuberculosis

    SKIN DISEASES (DERMATOLOGY)

        Acne

        Bedsores

        Breast skin sores

        Bruises ("Blue" skin after contusion)

        Burns and scalds

        Canker diseases

        Chronic furuncles

        Decubitus ulcer

        Degranulated Wounds

        Eczema

        Epidermophyses

        Erysipelas

        Folliculites

        Furunculosis

        Hair Loss

        High Sensitiveness

        Hydradenites

        Hyperkeratosis

        Infected skin lesions

        Intertrigo (infants)

        Low Sensitiveness

        Lupus Erythematosus

        Melanoma

        Moles

        Mycosis Fungoides

        Neurodermitis

        Parasitory sicosis

        Psoriasis

        Pyodermites

        Radiodermatitis

        Scars

        Scleroderma

        Seborrheic dermatitis

        Shank (calf) chronic ulcers

        Skin tuberculosis (adjutant)

        Spots alopecia

        Total alopecia

        Topical Ulcers

        Tricophysis

        Trophic Ulcers

        Varicose ulcer

        Warts

        Wounds

        Zona-zoster

    SEXUAL DISEASES (SEXOLOGY)

        Benign prostatic hypertrophy

        Chronic prostatitis

        Insufficiency of sexual hormones

        Prostate and seminal vesicles inflammation

        Prostate inflammation (prostatitis)

        Sexual dynamic weakness

    TEETH AND MOUTH DISEASES (STOMATOLOGY, DENTISTRY)

        Canker diseases

        Caries

        Chronic peripheral parodontopathies

        Common chronic recurring aphtae

        Gingivitis

        Glossodynia

        Gum disorders

        Haemorrhagic gingivitis

        Labial cyclic recurring herpes

        Lip diseases

        Moniliasis

        Stomatitis after amygdalitis operation

        Ulcer stomatitis

        Ulceronecrotic stomatites

    VIRAL DISEASES (VIROLOGY)

        AIDS

        Epstein Barr Virus Disease

        Flu

        Mononucleosis

        Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)

        Warts

    DISEASES, CONDITIONS WHICH AFFECTS THE WHOLE BODY

        Anorexia

        Convalescence

        Fever

 

When receiving Bee Sting therapy in particular or even when using other bee products it is important to always make safety and efficacy your first priority.  Always have an Epipen or equivalent at every session.

 

Apitherapy certainly has its risks. All drugs have side effects and toxicity, which need to be weighed against their therapeutic effect. Bee stings commonly cause allergic reactions, which may result in anaphylaxis and death.

 

I am available in Melbourne Victoria to help people with there Apitherapy enquiries.

Steve