Health benefits of Bee Venom (Apitoxin)
Everything you should know about honey bee venom
What? Do we really consider the poison of honey bees for therapy?
Oh yes, we do. And you should know why!
Bee venom (or „apitoxin) is the poison that makes bee stings painful. Beyond that, being a mixture of proteins, peptides and low molecular components, it is also used to produce medicine.
Why is bee venom so interesting for humans, especially elders?
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the major inflammatory disorders affecting people worldwide. Bee bee venom injection can reduce the inflammation process in arthritis and rheumatism5https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275966554_Bee_Venom_Its_Potential_Use_in_Alternative_Medicine6https://www.researchgate.net/publication/304012422_Bee_Venom_Production_Composition_Quality.
It is also used to REDUCE the reaction to bee stings in bee venom allergic people. This therapy is called venom immunotherapy .
Are you allergic to bee stings? Do you have any member of your family who is allergic? Well, then you might want to consider a bee venom therapy, as unlikeable as it sounds.
How does bee venom immunotherapy it work?
Research has shown that a series of (intramuscolar) bee venom shots under the skin is effective for reducing reactions to bee stings in people with severe allergy to bee stings. Therapy provides up to 99% protection from reactions to bee stings7https://www.researchgate.net/publication/304011827_Biological_and_therapeutic_properties_of_bee_venom.
Why is bee venom so precious and expensive?
To produce 1 g of venom, bees need to sting at least 1 million (!) times. Typically, only 0.5 to 1.0 jil of venom can be collected per bee, with an average oft en stings per bee. Or in other words: you need 20 hives and a sting period of 2 hours to produce 1g of bee venom.
One of the biggest venom producers in the USA had produced about 3 kg of venom over 30 (!) years8http://www.ijoart.org/docs/Studies-on-Bee-Venom-and-Its-Medical-Uses.pdf.
Are you curious to know why do bees sting in the first place? Read our article Why do bees die when stinging? straight out of our blog category “Curious bee life”.