Friday, March 14, 2008

Bee Sting Relieves Arthritis Pain

News Journal (USA), 3/13/2008

Q: After a bee or wasp stung me, my arthritis pain went away for about six weeks. Does anyone in this area treat arthritis with bee or wasp venom?

A: Answer Line cannot locate businesses for readers, but we did look into the use of bee venom in treating arthritis. One of the ingredients in bee venom is melittin, an anti-inflammatory substance that shows promise in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Studies found that melittin significantly reduced swelling, inflammation and bone spur formation…

1 comment:

jlc7 said...

My son-in-law and I were discussing the effects of wasp venom in arthritis and decided to test it. We captured several wasps in a jar were able to capture 1 wasp with a pair of needle nose pliers and allowed the wasp to sting my left little finger in the distal (arthritic) joint. The accuracy of the sting was not what we wanted so we tried again. The second attempt with a second wasp was perfect, the sting was on the top of the finger, in the middle of the joint. The joint actually swelled a bit from the venom and was painful. The next day, I noticed significant improvement in flexibility and less inflammation in the joint. Today is day 2 and the stiffness and tenderness are returning.