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Bee sting thearapy - a natural alternative to classic medication? Answered

A lot of medications we use originally came directly from nature.
Like chewing on some inner bark from a beech tree - it contains natural "asperin".
And even potent medicine started by sourcing the natural stuff until we managed to created it all in the lab.
Poisons from plants and animals are in many cases still the backbone of modern medicine - including opiates like morphine.

It is then no real surprise that the long forgotten bee sting therapy makes a big comeback these days.
Forgotten only in the mordern, western world - in Asia it was and still is part of the normal medical approach for many people.

So what is it all about and how does it actually work?
A little bee gives her life so you get treatment....
And if we trust modern medicine from just under 10 years ago this is where the story would end.
Thankfully we did not stop there once more and more people spread the word about the benefits of their treatment.
Social media helped a lot here for once.
Be it inflammatory deseases, nerve pain, arthritis and much more - you are certain to find people providing evidence that their condition improved noticable.
In some case they even claim to be cured from their problems.
What they all have in common though is that they all started like you and me: Fully of scepticism...
With nothing to loose and no doctor giving you any real relief you might get desperate to try all sorts of weird things, so why not bees!?
So far a bee sting therapist is just your normal bee keeper, but one with a passion for both the bees and your suffering.
There is neither a need for doctor nor a need for a doctor to start as a bee keeper.
Their knowledge of where to place the bee on you comes mostly from feedback and experience.
Although a lot if quite obvious.
Like when you have sever pain from arthitis in your elbow then that is the area were get stung and not in your leg ;)
Sience is starting to take all this serious now and some studies try to figure out how and what actually is in the poison that helps better than any medicine and without any noteworthy side effects.
I say notewroth because the obvious risk of a shock reaction is always there.
But even you never got stung by a bee before and don't know if you are allergic: All bee sting therapists have an epi pen at hand for those unknown cases.
Evidence shows the bee venom has good anti inflamatory properties, however what component is responsible for this is still largly unknown.
Patient obvervations and tons of blood tests also revealed that the continued bee sting therapy attack the bodies systems in a very positive way.
The immune system goes into to overdrive but what targets the poision or venom also targets and attacks a lot of related things that out of level or control otherwise.
The body also produces endorphines and a generally stronger immune reaction to other things.
Again, evidence is there, the lab proves it, but why and what exactly is still a huge mystery to science.

And it flies anayway!
You might know the old problem of aeronautic students when the task comes why or how a bumblebee is able to fly.
Physics tell us the wings are too small, the body too fat and the overall weight just impossible.
Sadly no bumblebee has even the slightest clue about physics or even earonatutical desgin, so it just flies off and does whatever a bumblebee needs to do these days....
The story for the bee sting therapy is quite similar.
We know it works for many things, we know it shouldn't and that it does it anyway.
But does that mean you should try it out to end you pain or at least get some relief?

Do be stung or not to be stung - that is the question...
Unless you are allergic you have nothing to loose here once you think about it.
So you, like so many before, might just start some internet search to find out more.
And if it happens to be something other people already reported the treatment was beneficial your doubts might fade away and you dare to try it.
Some of the stories you find are just a hype with things those who posted can never prove.
So don't fall something exotic and expect that it will work for you just because you found a single article or posting saying so.
Not because it might not work!
Just because nothing is worse than getting your hopes and expectations up with nothing happening at all.
Either way the cases of relief right away are few, in almost all cases it takes several rounds of therapy before the patient notices anything that couldn't come from simply hoping it works.
Once it does though the effects are usually great.
For mayn it is last ditch attempt but it does not have to be that way.
Pain killers and other drugs might help you good enough and you wouldn't consider killing a bee for a test....
Why not?
Again: You have nothing to loose ;)

Medication is good, nature is better!
If ever switched from some expensive medicine to a generic brand than chance are you noticed they work differently or in some case not enough or with worse side effects.
The same is true for the basic, natural product.
We can, for example create the raspberry ketone in the lab and we know it the stuff giving us the nice raspberry smell.
But the artificial produt has suprisingly little smell and even less taste than the original...
Like all natural venoms, posion and toxins, bee stings give you a cocktail of ingredients.
The artificial product only what was identified to be the most beneficial.
Science has shown over and over again that a lot of these cocktails contain things that prevent the negative effects of the artificial counterpart.
Does not mean though anyone ever bothered to include these in the recipe for the created meds...
"What does not kill you makes you stronger!"
We use this phrase for a lot of things but in terms of natural healing ways it is often more ture than for anything else.
Bee keepers use protection but you won't find any who does not get stung on a more or less daily base.
They don't bother with the little pain anymore and most might even tell you that apart from the initial sting they don't really feel it anymore.
What is even more interesting is if you have a chat with them about the general health.
It is hard to find any bee keeper that suffers regulary from a cold or flu, let alone infections.
Back before we had things like penicilling or anesthetics we had much more people knowing what nature can offer to help us.
Pharma companies are exploiding nature wherever they can to make money with "new" medicines and "discovieries".
Bee keepers won't ;)
They won't even charge you much, some are already happy if you buy a pot of honey or wax candles while being treated.
But as said, it is neither a miracle, nor something anyone "must" try out!
Never expect any, especially quick, benefit!
You deserve to be sceptic and only get your hopes up once or better if you see a real benefit over time.
Just have a look at your daily dose of medications and how much it helps you - including the side effects.
If you say that enough is enough then do your own bit of research first.
Try to find people with your condition that got help from bee sting therapy, at least their online presence or testimonials.
In case all adds up good and positive you can cosider to try it yourself without expecting anything.
And, well, if does help you too then fel free to spread the word...

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Downunder35mavensis19

Reply 6 days ago

Sadly yes.
Statistically no problem at all, but if one feels sorry that a good insect needs to die then it might be a problem for the person.

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Jack A Lopez

4 weeks ago

Um... can I substitute wasp sting, or scorpion sting, if I can't find bees?

;-)

By the way, I think the word, "epipen" is all one word (sometimes capitalized as "Epipen" or "EpiPen"), and I think it might be thoughtful for me to include a link to the Wikipedia article,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epinephrine_autoinje...

for anyone reading your topic, who might wonder what an epipen is, and what it is commonly used for.

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Downunder35mJack A Lopez

Reply 26 days ago

I guess a wasp or scorpion could have benefits as well, but for some reason I don't really want to try them for therapy...
And well, if it is an Epipen then let it be an Epipen ;)