bee venom therapy


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bee venom therapy

Fringe medicine
The use of honeybee (Apis mellifora) venom to treat arthritic complaints, including bursitis, neuritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and tendinitis. The venom is delivered by local injection of a rehydrated lyophilised concentrate of venom, or, less commonly, by allowing a patient to be stung by a bee. The effect of bee venom—if any—is attributed to nonspecific immune stimulation, as the venom contains formic acid, histamine, magnesium phosphate, and alkaloids. There is no peer-reviewed data to suggest that this therapy is effective.
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In conclusion, they wrote that MS patients "should be advised to refrain from bee venom therapy unless better evidence to justify its use becomes available.
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The American Apitherapy Society - a nonprofit group that promotes bee venom therapy - knows of 4,000 Americans who use bee venom to treat diseases, including MS, lupus, arthritis and chronic fatigue.
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