apitherapy

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apitherapy

Any therapy which uses bee products, especially bee venom.

apitherapy

(āp″ĭ-ther′-ă-pē) [L. apis, bee + therapy]
In alternative medicine, the application of bee stings or their chemical constituents for their putative anti-inflammatory effects. Apitherapy has been used by some health care practitioners to treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

apitherapy (āˈ·p·theˑ·r·pē),

n the use of products produced by honeybees, such as pollen, honey, royal jelly, propolis, and bee venom, for therapeutic and pharmacologic purposes. See also royal jelly, propolis, and bee venom.
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Examples include oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills and oral medical marijuana spray, ginkgo biloba, magnetic therapy, bee sting therapy, omega-3 fatty acids and reflexology.
Bee sting therapy, a low-fat diet with fish oil, and a therapy called the Cari Loder regimen all do not appear to help MS symptoms such as disability, depression and tiredness.
Proponents of bee sting therapy believe the practice is even referred to in the Quran.
Researchers reported that bee sting therapy had no impact on the accumulation of new lesions or relapse rate.
Currently, many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) undergo bee sting therapy and report significant improvements in their symptoms.
Dutch researchers recently performed a double-blind crossover study of bee sting therapy in 25 patients with clinically definite relapsing MS.
On the primary outcome measure, the cumulative number of new gadolinium-enhancing lesions on T1-weighted MRI, there were no differences between the period of bee sting therapy and the period of no therapy (Neurology 2005;65:1764-8).
Among the group starting with bee sting therapy, the mean number of new lesions was 11.
The buzz on bee sting therapy and why some doctors are beginning to use bee venom in their practice.