Apitherapy

The hubs and I attended a summer clinic yesterday put together by our State Bee Keepers Association.  

The big topic was Apitherapy. I’ve kinda joked about my venom therapy whenever I’ve been stung in the bee yard, but it’s a huge thing.  Go figure.  My unintentional venom therapy might have some really useful benefits…. Other than Gwyeth Paltrows beauty regimen.  My stings never made me feel better, but I don’t suffer from chronic pain.

But!  Would you do it?


Palestinian bee keepers in the Gaza Strip. Image credit CBS News.

I don’t see any exposed skin there, do you? 

So I dug in to find out what this trend is about, and there is a National Apitherapy Association. Some Chiropractors use Apitherapy on their clients with spinal arthritis.  Some Acupuncture professionals use Apitherapy for Lyme disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments.  In reading a little of the info, it is even suggested there are benefits to the central nervous system. I really looking forward to learning more.

Sources: What is LymeApitherapyKeeping Bee

One of the attendees at our function, a bee keeper from Marshall, Tx, was so excited over her results kept she showing me her hands. They were straight and strong, no bent fingers, very dexterous.  She’s had rheumatoid arthritis since her early 30’s and had to retire at 40 because she couldn’t perform her job as an electrician anymore.  She took up beekeeping, and found that the more she allowed her hands to be stung, the straighter her fingers became.  Anectodal, I know, but really interesting.  Now she raises bees to sell for Apitherapy, and encourage me to consider the same path.


I guess my question du jour, is could you do it?

Would you do it?  Do you know anyone who has?  

19 thoughts on “Apitherapy

  1. I can’t imagine bee stings on purpose, but I don’t have a debilitating illness either. People with Lyme, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. can be desperate for relief. More power to them if it works for them!

    • I hear you. This stuff is all so new to me, it’s hard to imagine what folks will do to get relief, or why taking a painful cure might be beneficial in the long run.

  2. I’ve read about this in relation to treating chronic pain and RA in particular. It’s interesting to be sure. The thought of being stung isn’t pleasant, but short-term stinging beats chronic pain and increased function, I would think.

  3. This is interesting. I’ve read things along the same lines. I’ve had chronic pain for seven years and yes, absolutely I would try it! My friend is a beekeeper and I’ve thought about doing it. A bee sting is temporary! Chronic pain doesn’t go away.

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