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Dr. Joanne R. Miranda
Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) is an ancient therapy that works well in a variety of medical conditions.
bee venom in bee-sized doses is put into acupuncture sites or other critical spots in the skin.Bee Venom Therapy • With this therapy. • The resulting sting works wonders with arthritis. . fractures. sciatica. multiple sclerosis. and many other conditions.
. • One obstacle is fear of the pain from a sting. the sting becomes unimportant.Now why would a naturopathic doctor use this odd therapy? • Simply because it is safe. effective. and less expensive than other therapies for these problems. but when people realize the benefits gained in pain relief.
like any physical skill. • These responses improve with practice. and rest. • Bodybuilders use this process with their weights. • Allergic reactions are very rare and avoidable. • This can train it to come back stronger. • Handling a little stress and coming back stronger is central to increasing the health of any living system and its ability to adapt.• The venom is a natural substance that stresses one small area of the body's immune system. . Body responses to this bee sting are like a chemical concert. food.
• She is in braces from the knees down and needs crutches to walk. T • his woman has experienced a progressive loss of motor nerve control over her lower legs for the past 15 years and chronic severe pain in her knees and feet. twice weekly.• A patient with an advanced case of multiple sclerosis is being treated with BVT. increase in her leg strength. she has built up to eight stings per session. and better circulation in her feet. • At this point she describes a major decrease in her knee pain. • This patient also describes a mood uplift or antidepressive effect after her BVT sessions which lasts for several days. • Within three weeks of therapy. .
. • Using bee stings for therapy is reported in ancient Chinese medicine. good nutrition and physical therapy. • She has had joint damage from her disease process and there is insufficient experience yet to verify reports that this can be reversed.• With patience. it is anticipated that this woman will be able to walk without the crutches within six to eight weeks. To simply have reduced her pain levels and increased her coordination and strength has been impressive.
• Our recent traditions note it from 18th-century Germany and Eastern European countries. Bodog Beck. where beekeepers found that accidental stings cleared up arthritis and other maladies. and the whole therapy has been discredited in conventional medicine until very recently. • A Hungarian doctor. Nachf. • Then. injecting the matter into the muscle and keeping good records of how uncomfortable it made people. a young company. decided to test his system by grinding up whole bees. oddly enough. . pioneered this therapy in the 1930s.• Many ancient civilizations celebrated bees as symbols of industry and fertility. Heinrich Mack.. • That didn't work so well.
• The venom-triggered repair process works on many diseases. conventional medicine and pharmacy interests have complained of more interest in BVT than their latest drug for multiple sclerosis. Any condition with a component of degeneration and loss of muscle or nerve function may respond well.• In current media reports. • Typical charges are that scientific data is lacking. . and in paternalistic tones they present this therapy as yet another act of confusion or quaint desperation.
inexpensive and often has better results than drugs.• Especially with autoimmunity. • This therapy helps many people who have not found relief elsewhere. . natural. the BVT is unique in its effectiveness. • It is safe. where normal immune defense is directed against one's own tissue. • If you or a loved one has adjusted to chronic pain. • In medicine there are no guarantees. you know how disabling it can be.
their number.see an experienced Naturopathic Physician instead. and the recovery interval are important variables. • It would be nice if the so-called journalists on the entertainment/news would donate a fraction of their advertising income to fund some real research at our naturopathic colleges. consider this therapy.• If you are looking for this kind of result and like to test things out. • Don't let the hive arrange your diagnosis and treatment . Consider joining the Apitherapy Society and getting their suggestions. • But remember that the location of stings. .
• They would soon note how natural medicine research projects are stonewalled when results are unable to be patented. particularly in the scientific literature of Europe and Russia. . but such validation already is extensive worldwide. • Continued scientific attention to bee venom would be welcomed by all of us. but the simple fact is that BVT works very well in tough cases. • Economic factors and political concerns affect all of us in medicine.
has been championed by Charles Mraz of Vermont.S.• Bee Venom Therapy in the U. he is the former director of the American Apitherapy Society. . • The AAS is involved in many projects supporting bee products in health care. • He is a beekeeper now in his 90s who got his start when he was 14 years old. including a nationwide research study on Bee Venom Therapy. • Well-published and the subject of national media attention.
pollen. bee venom.BEE VENOM THERAPY • Bee venom therapy is the part of apitherapy which utilizes bee venom in the treatment of health conditions. • It has been used since ancient times to treat arthritis. royal jelly. . skin diseases and in this modern age as an alternative therapy to treat multiple sclerosis. Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. back pain. • Apitherapy is the use of beehive products. rheumatism. including honey. propolis.
• There are at least 18 active components in the venom which have some pharmaceutical properties.• Bee venom comes from the stingers of honey bees who use it in defense of the bee colony. • Scientists believe it can modify the way the immune system functions in the body and contribute to increased cortisol production. peptides and biogenic amines. • Bee venom is a rich source of enzymes. . • The effect mechanism of the venom is not entirely know yet.
• Traditionally. . trigger points or acupuncture points. injectable venom solution is considered to be a standard method to administer bee venom. • Their venom during the winter period is less potent. • Bee venom is most effective when it comes directly from the live bee during the late spring to early fall season when bees have a good pollen source to produce potent venom. Next to the effect of a live bee. • Depending on the nature of the disease. the standardized venom can be used in a cream. bee venom was administered with live bees by stimulating them to sting in the affected area. ointment or injection form. liniment.
• Each injection is equivalent to or is less than the average dry venom sac content of a honey bee. • It is administered intradermally just between the skin layers or subcutaneously under the skin to imitate the effect of a bee sting. • The application of venom solution with electrophoresis or ultrasonophoresis is practiced in Europe and China. Bee venom is also used topically in creams. liniments and ointments.• Venom solution is prepared from pure bee venom (Apis Venenum Purum) and is a homeopathic preparation. .
the therapy starts with the determination of whether the patient is allergic to the venom by administering a small amount of venom intradermally. the therapy is continued with the administration of one to two bee stings or injections. • The length of the therapy is determined by the nature and severity of the condition. • The therapy is carried out every other day (three times a week) by gradually increasing the number of bee stings or injections. • In general. • If no allergic reaction develops within a certain time.• Bee venom therapy is practiced by health practitioners and lay apitherapists. . • There are treatment protocols available to follow.
swelling and itching are desired effects of the therapy showing the response of the patient to the venom. inflammation and redness. the faster the recovery. but not anaphylaxis. swelling.• There is discomfort associated with the administration of bee venom including pain. but they are rare. . Symptoms like redness. • Anaphylactic reactions which can be life threatening are also reported from bee venom. itching. • The more severe the reaction.
it is considered to be safe and can be used when the patient does not respond to conventional treatment methods.• The literature of bee venom therapy is very extensive and lists over 2. • In the hands of a licensed practitioner. • There are basic guidelines of the therapy which need to be followed. • The education on the part of the patient and the therapist is critical and the obtained result is proportional to the knowledge and experience of the administrator of the venom. • Bee venom therapy is an alternative form of healing. .000 titles.
it forms. • It is soluble in water. . opaque or grayish-white crystals. with a sweet taste and a little bitter. • It is a colourless clear liquid. proteins and amino acids. • If is comes in contact with air.What is Bee Venom? • Bee venom is a complex composition of enzymes. insoluble in alcohol and ammonium sulphate.
as well as two amino acids rich in sulphur methionine and cystine.What does Bee Venom contain? • Bee venom is hemorrhagic. which is a coagulant. and in protecting the body against infections. differing from snake (viper) venom. an enzyme – phospholipase A. volatile organic acids. formic acid. hydrochloric acid. melittin. phospholipase. ortho-phosphoric acid. • the venom also contains the mineral substances. hyaluronidase. • Also present are some antibiotics. which have the opposing action of inhibiting the nervous system. • Sulphur is the main element in inducing the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. . and stimulating the heart and the adrenal glands. • As well as containing: apamine.
Other treatments. The results have shown an important reduction in muscular pain. • • • . improve joint movement and raise the general state of the organism. Patients are tested for sensitivity before the first treatment. which involves an injection of a minute dose of the venom. such as electrotherapy. hormone therapy. What type of conditions is Bee venom used to treat? Bee venom simulates the release of cortisone (cortisol) and is therefore effective in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. an ointment .and a liniment both have been used successfully in several cases of rheumatoid polyarthritis. neuromialgias and intercostal and bronchial nerve pain.Apireven . sciatic pain. especially arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS). can help to eliminate periarticular deformations. Two products developed in Bucharest. nerve pain. It can be applied directly or by intramuscular injections.How does it work? • • • Bee venom therapists apply bee venom to specific points on the surface of the body.
and those with nerve and articular pains. good results were shown in all the sciatic nerve cases.Research and methods of using Bee venom • Several patients suffering from phlebitis and thrombophlebitis noticed an increase in their skin temperature with a change in the blood circulation. with ceasing of pains and a partial recuperation of movement. Using this method no adverse effects were reported. • Applying the venom topically provided a long-lasting effect and offers significant benefits in arthritic and rheumatic conditions. followed by a 2 . • However. • In chronic inflammatory nerve affections the results were also very good. . Treatment is then re-commenced again. • The bee venom is applied for 4 –5 days. • When combined with an oral therapy. such as vitamin therapy.3 day break. good analgesic effects were obtained in cortisone-dependent patients suffering from rheumatoid polyarthritis.
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