Bronze-level articleApitherapy

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Oh NO, not the bees!! NOT THE BEES!! AAAAAH!! AAUGH-THEY'RE IN MY EYES!! MY EYES!! AAAAH!! AAAAH-AAAHGRBLHBLGBlblg...
—A common complaint[1]

Apitherapy is a branch of alternative medicine which uses products derived from bees as treatments. They range from the relatively benign (royal jelly, honey,[2] and pollen sacs) to the bizarre (sting/venom).

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[edit] Bee venom therapy

Most advertised "apitherapy" is bee venom therapy, which purports to cure or ameliorate diseases such as multiple sclerosis through application of the venom of bees. Application can take the form of a powdered venom, liquid, or plain old bee stings, which isn't very good for the bees as their barbs are ripped off when stinging thick-skinned creatures like mammals, resulting in the death of the bee a few minutes later.[3][4] Existing scientific studies have all come up as either inconclusive or clearly negative.[5]

[edit] Dangers

Bee venom therapy does include a serious inherent risk as well: roughly 2% of people are allergic to bee stings and could suffer from allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock. If it involves an actual bee sting, it also poses a danger to the bee (the bee dies).[6] Small children are at risk from botulism spores in honey.[7]

[edit] History

Though not especially "mainstream", apitherapy appears to have been around since ancient Egyptian times. Honey has a proven antibacterial effect if used externally, and it was widely used to treat wounds before the advent of purpose-developed disinfectants. It can also be useful where other disinfectants can't be used, for example singers often drink honey (mixed with lemon juice) to soothe sore throats — although this is still a little controversial as to whether it works or is just a distraction to stop them getting drunk instead.

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