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.
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Apitherapy, or bee sting therapy, is common in China and gaining popularity in Europe and the US.
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 11.3 per patient during therapy.