Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bee Venom Was Used in Ancient Greece, China and Egypt

The Healing Power of Venom

Wall Street Journal

July 22, 2016

Humans have been toying with this idea for centuries. One of the earliest treatments for ailments from gout to baldness was apitherapy, the medical application of bee venom, which was used in ancient Greece, China and Egypt. The ancient Greeks associated snakes and their venoms with medicine through the god Asclepius, whose followers prescribed venoms as cures and whose staff had a snake wrapped around it—the inspiration for the well-known symbol of medicine today.

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