Why Bee Stings Relieve Painful Joints
Written by Sade Oguntola, Nigerian Tribune, 10/17/2013
For centuries, honey, bee pollen, and bee venom have been used to treat a number of ailments that vary between chronic pains to skin conditions. Apitherapy, or the medical use of honeybee products that range from royal jelly to bee venom, was used by the ancient Egyptians as a homeopathic remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), dissolving scar tissue such as keloids, Herpes zoster, reducing the reaction to bee stings in people who are allergic, swollen tendons (tendonitis), and muscle conditions such as fibromyositis.
A bee sting is an unpleasant experience that undoubtedly everyone would choose to avoid if given the choice. However a growing number of people are choosing to be stung by bees in an alternative form of illness treatment called apitherapy.
Today, bee venom therapy, or bee sting therapy, has captured the attention of medical science as a potential homeopathic remedy for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Bee venom is made by bees. This is the poison that makes bee stings painful. Bee venom is used to make medicine.
ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neuro degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Its early symptoms often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing…
Scientists in a 2103 study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine that looked at the effect of bee venom on ALS found that bee stings could soothe the neuro inflammatory events that occur in a symptomatic ALS in laboratory animals.
In the study, which came to conclusion that bee venom, in fact could prevent the impairment that is caused by ALS, the researchers found that bee venom treatment may be able to eliminate the cell toxicity induced in cells of the brain and the spinal cord by ALS…