How to use :
Image1. Traditionally, bee venom was administered with live bees by stimulating them to sting the trigger area; the bee is held with a pair of tweezers and it is applied on certain points: the most painful areas in rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, on trigger points or acupuncture points. Many doctors combine acupuncture with apitherapy and the resulting apipuncture was proven to be very effective. The skin should be cleansed with water and soap, no alcohol or iodine, as these substances inactivate bee venom. After stinging, the needle together with the venom sack are completely detached from the abdomen of the bee and the sack releases its content under the skin of the patient- about 0,1 mg of venom. It is the most effective method of treatment because the properties of the venom are entirely preserved. The number of stings and the duration of treatment is variable according to the disease: for a tendonitis 2-3 stings a day repeated 2-5 times may be enough, while a chronic disease like arthritis may require 2-3 sessions per week for 1 to 3 months.
2. Injectable venom solution is the next method used for treatments. Venom solution is prepared from pure bee venom dissolved in a sterilized solution. This method inactivates few compounds of the venom and makes it less active, still efficient enough for treatments. This standardized solution is considered a homeopathic preparation, it is administered intradermally or subcutaneously and each injection is the equivalent (or less) of the venom sack content of a honey bee. One of the important benefits of this method is that it allows the use of bee venom while the bee remains alive; the venom collecting procedure protects bees from being sacrificed.
3. Electrophoresis or ultrasonophoresis: the methods use highly diluted bee venom (ultrasonophoresis requires the mixture of bee venom with an ointment); the venom solution or the ointment is placed on the affected area and it penetrates the body assisted by a continuous electric current or by ultrasounds. They are painless and non-invasive techniques, very useful for sensitive patients who need long term medication: patients suffering from chronic pain, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis.
4. Ointments with bee venom developed for treating arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, bursitis, joint inflammation.
Contra-indications for the use of bee venom therapy: Injectable bee venom should not be used in patients with cardio vascular diseases, active TB, syphilis, gonorrhea, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, severe hepatitis, acute nephritis, bleeding stomach or duodenum ulcers and should be used under careful supervision of a physician in case of gastritis, colitis, chronic kidney or heart diseases, hyperthyroidism and for women with uterine fibroma or ovary diseases.
ImageNecessary precautions for bee venom use: 0.5 2% of the population is allergic to bee venom and allergy occurs in people who have been stung frequently by bees so all patients should be tested before going bee venom treatment. Histamine can produce spasm of the coronary arteries, it may have negative effects on the thyroid gland, pancreas and ovaries, 50-100 simultaneous stings can cause a cramp, temporary shortness of breath, cyanosis, tachycardia and symptoms of paralysis, 200 simultaneous stings determine cyanosis, convulsive reactions, tachycardia, and paralysis, over 500 simultaneous bee stings may induce death by paralysis of the breath center in the brain. The practitioner should have close at hand a bee sting kit containing injectable epinephrine in case of anaphylactic shock. The normal effect of a bee sting is to cause local pain, immediate erythema and often a small area of oedema but allergic persons may develop severe symptoms. In case of allergy reactions can be local or generalized; local reactions include oedema that comes over several hours and varies in size but may affect an entire limb, while general reactions that vary greatly in severity can be: erythema, pruritus, and urticaria, facial or generalized angioedema. In severe cases hypotension, fainting or loss of consciousness may occur. Still these reactions are very rare and under the guidance of an experienced practitioner bee venom therapy is a safe procedure.



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