Whenever we see the word “venom,” we’re not inclined to think positively. Let’s face it: The word venom conjures up images of poisonous snakes, mean jellyfish, and Marvel comics bad guys.
But…bee venom is a great pain killer when used properly.
That’s right! Honey and comb aren’t the only beneficial by-products of keeping bees. That coupled with probably saving the human race, beekeeping has its perks
Bee venom is produced by two glands that are associated with the stinger mechanism. It’s used in defense of the colony.
Bee venom has a composition of 88% water. The other main components include glucose, fructose, and phospholipids (fats). Not surprisingly, bee venom also consists of active, pharmacological elements, peptides, enzymes, and amines.
Bee Venom: What is it Good For?
Bee venom has been used for years as a treatment for arthritis. Want to know how many years? Well, let’s look who’s written about it in the past, and the years they were active:
- Hippocrates: (c. 460 to 359 BC)
- Pliny the Elder (love that name!) wrote about it in his great work Historia Naturalis around 77 AD.
- Galen (c. 148 AD)
So, when we say that it has been used for pain relief from arthritis for a long time, we mean it.
Trust a Specialist Only
Of course, in these days and times, bee venom treatment should only be trusted to and administered by a specialist or therapists.
These specialists administer the bee venom in one of two ways:
- Direct: Bees are placed next to the skin, and they sting away!
- Injection: A shot of bee venom extract.
And don’t even think about administering bee venom as a beekeeper. Bad idea. If something goes wrong, then you could be subject to A LOT of litigation if things go south. Like an accidental allergic reaction…
What Else Can Bee Venom Help Out With?
Well, we’re glad you asked…
Bee venom also helps to ease the symptoms from tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. How is this possible?
There is a peptide inside of bee venom called melittin. This peptide stimulates the production of cortisol, which is an anti-inflammatory. If you have ever heard of someone getting a cortisone shot, then you’re on the right track. Ironically, melittin is also the source of the pain when you’re stung.
There’s been a lot of research and clinical trials that suggest many more benefits of bee venom but more controlled, mass research is needed in this space.
Beware: The Dangerous Allergic Reaction
Before you start going all willy-nilly with bee venom therapy or suggesting it someone, be sure that no allergies are present.
Bee allergy reactions can range from mild swelling to full-on anaphylactic shock that could result in death without proper, urgent medical treatment
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