Apitherapy is on the list of natural treatments Gwyneth Paltrow's used - and she admits it's a little crazy. But while they use it in many treatments of chronic diseases, and has been since ancient Egyptian times, there's no real clinical evidence to support it works! So what is it about bee venom that has natural health news abuzz?
Bee venom therapy, or apitherapy, uses the venom of a bee to treat certain ailments. Basically, you’re using a bee’s venom to heal you.
Practitioners claim bee venom has anti-inflammatory properties. It heals chronic pain
and various diseases like arthritis
, multiple sclerosis, lower back pain
, migraines, skin conditions and cancer
So is it just another health craze or an effective form of treatment?
Apitherapy used to treat a variety of ailments
You know a bee sting is nothing to laugh at! It’s painful, and remains that way for several days.
But while some people are highly allergic to bee stings, and they can actually die if they’re stung, it seems it’s healing in some cases.
And some people use it as an alternative treatment for cancer
says there’s a component of bee venom that has anti-tumour
properties. But there’s no clinical evidence to support it works. There’s no actual research showing that apitherapy works in preventing cancer
There are virtually no side effects of apitherapy if you’re not allergic to bee stings
So if you’re willing to give this very alternative form of treatment a try in an attempt to heal your ailment, just make sure you’re not allergic to bees first!