Useful properties and contraindications of bee venom

Useful properties and contraindications of bee venom

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Serious medical experience is available in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis with bee venom. Bee venom is successfully used in the treatment of hypertension, to lower cholesterol, stop spasms and improve blood circulation in organs.

Clinicians have good results with the help of bee venom in the treatment of diseases of the peripheral nervous system: lumbosacral radiculitis and local osteochondrosis, sciatic nerve diseases and ankylosing spondylitis. The introduction of poison (a full course of 15-20 injections) into certain painful points gives positive results after 8-10 stings. After completing a series of procedures, the patient has a significant reduction in pain, an improvement in general condition, increased appetite and normalization of sleep.

The use of apitoxin therapy products has a positive effect in the treatment of auditory nerve neuritis (a progressive disease leading to deafness), characterized by low efficacy of other treatments. Treatment by specialists with the help of a certain course of bee sting in the areas of the auricle and hands (subject to diet, work and rest) indicates that 70% of patients improve their well-being. A bee sting has a beneficial effect in gynecology in the treatment of a number of female diseases.

Traditional medicine knows that bee venom lowers blood pressure, has a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels. There are multiple cases when patients suffering from hypertension were treated with bee venom or began to work in an apiary, where they were repeatedly stung by bees. Soon their general condition improved, their blood pressure dropped significantly, headaches, irritability disappeared, and their working capacity increased. Of course, it is possible that the whole atmosphere of work in the apiary, its healing air, had an important influence in this case. Let us add to this: long-term and numerous observations show that beekeepers who work with bees for a long time endure their stings without any harm to the body (individual beekeepers with long work experience have endured stings even by 1000 bees without any symptoms of poisoning). The body of most people quickly gets used to bee stings and sometimes does not even react to them at all.

It is known that every spring our beekeepers throw away many dead bees containing bee venom. Only in some private stores is the sale of dead bees - this most valuable raw material - established. The author of these lines can quite authoritatively recommend a rather interesting tool, tested by personal experience and by a number of his acquaintances. For 200 g of vodka (or diluted alcohol up to 40?), Take a half-liter glass jar filled with dead bees. In a tightly sealed container, everyone insists in a dark place at room temperature for 10-14 days. I did not have to drink the drained liquid in order to increase immunity, although, they say, there are advanced amateurs of this. But it is very useful to use it for rubbing sore spots of a very different nature of diseases, including joints. But night compresses using this solution are undesirable, so that burns do not form on the body. I will add that the official observations of physicians have shown that even with sterilization of a decoction from dead bees, the therapeutic components of bee venom are not destroyed.

But bee venom should not be seen as a panacea for all diseases. Doctors recommend its use only after sufficient verification, if ineptly used, it can be harmful and dangerous to the health of patients, up to a threat to their lives, especially if you are allergic to this product. For this reason, the use of apitoxin therapy in folk and clinical medicine requires special care and constant medical supervision, as a rule, in health institutions. Unregulated and poorly dosed self-medication can cause even more harm to the patient.

Bee venom treatment can only be started after a thorough medical examination in order to identify contraindications and idiosyncrasy (hypersensitivity) to it. For diagnosis, the patient is first injected with a small dose of poison. With the onset of a pronounced general reaction of the body (fever, headache, weakness.), Treatment with bee venom is contraindicated. Doctors have developed several treatment regimens (with the combined use of special diets). Usually do not include in the diet of patients with a large amount of carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, sugar, jam, preserves, etc.), limit the consumption of table salt. They try to replace some of the sugar or other carbohydrates with natural bee honey, at least a teaspoon each morning and evening. Children and adolescents are advised to consume milk, cottage cheese and fruits (especially in combination with honey). Milk or kefir are advised to be sweetened with honey, curd mass should be made with honey, and apples, especially sour ones (for example, Antonovka variety), should be served with honey - then they acquire a pleasant taste.

Along with highly effective methods of treating many diseases of people with the help of bee stings, there are people with increased sensitivity to the action of bee venom. Experts show that one sting is enough for such susceptible people to manifest serious negative phenomena. With a local reaction to a bee sting, the body of a sensitive person reacts with general malaise, edema, a decrease in blood pressure and often an increase in body temperature. With the further action of the poison, he has an increase in heart rate, urticaria, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, diarrhea, profuse cold sweat and thirst. With a high degree of bee venom poisoning, complications lead to severe convulsions and loss of consciousness. Doctors are aware of cases of death even when a person is stung by one bee.

In case of anaphylactic shock, specialized medical assistance is required. It is necessary to immediately remove the sting from the skin using tweezers or a needle, it is advisable not to carry out this operation with your fingers: from squeezing the sore spot from the sting reservoir, the poison is squeezed out into the tissue. If possible, a tourniquet is applied to the patient above the sting site, and the place itself is lubricated with rectified alcohol, vodka or a solution of potassium permanganate (slightly pink), iodine or validol. The strong anti-apitoxin effect of diphenhydramine (a strong antagonist of bee venom) is known, but after taking this medicine, the patient should not be allowed to sleep after taking this medicine until immediate medical attention is provided.

A new summer cottage season is approaching. I hope that my advice and recommendations will help many to avoid complications from possible encounters with bees when working in garden plots or during walks and hikes.

Alexander Lazarev, candidate of biological sciences

Bee sting

The most common method of introducing natural bee venom for therapeutic purposes is bee stinging, which is done by pressing the bee with tweezers on the skin. In this case, the bee plunges the sting into the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

With a spontaneous sting (swarm attack), bees mainly sting closer to vital organs that emit electromagnetic waves (facial and scalp, heart region, etc.).

If the patient is allergic to bee sting, then to reduce the dose of poison, the sting should be removed 1-2 seconds after its introduction into the skin.

Bees do not tolerate the smell of alcohol, perfume, so it is not recommended to treat the skin with alcohol or an alcohol solution of iodine before bee sting.

Bee stings are most effective at acupuncture points. This is due to the fact that acupuncture points contain a large number of nerve receptors and "mast cells", when exposed to the release of histamine, heparin, serotonin - important biologically active substances that mediate, among other things, the effect of bee venom.

Bee venom treatment can be carried out in several ways:

  • natural sting
  • intradermal administration of ready-made ampoule preparations of bee venom
  • rubbing in ointments containing bee venom
  • inhalation (inhalation of bee venom)
  • iontophoresis (i.e. injecting bee venom through the skin using electricity)
  • resorption of tablets containing bee venom under the tongue
  • phonophoresis (introduction of bee venom using ultrasound).

    Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages.

    Before carrying out a course of treatment with bee venom by any method, the patient must be thoroughly and comprehensively examined to identify contraindications.

    It should be remembered that the most sensitive to bee venom are children, women (especially during pregnancy and menstruation), the elderly, as well as patients prone to allergic diseases. It is necessary to take into account the fact that some people do not tolerate bee venom at all.


    When treating patients who tolerate 2-3 simultaneous stings well, but who have an allergic reaction to 5-6 bee stings, it is recommended to follow a gradual increase in dose. So, after the first session, the sting can be removed after 5 seconds, repeat the procedure every other day and remove the sting after 20 seconds, with the next session - after 1 minute, etc. In such cases, an incomplete injection of the poison occurs and the body gradually adapts to the increasing dose.

    When treating with bee venom, a dairy-plant diet rich in vitamins and mineral salts is recommended; alcohol and spices, abundant fatty foods are prohibited.

    Bee venom preparations should not be prescribed immediately after meals. After a treatment session, it is not recommended to take water procedures, air and sun baths, take long walks or do physical exercises that require significant effort. Physical or mental stress should be avoided for 1 hour after apitherapy.

    The next session of apitherapy should be postponed if the skin remains red and swollen after the previous session.

    When carrying out a cycle of treatment, it is recommended to give the patient a rest once a week.

    To increase the effectiveness of treatment with bee venom, in some cases, it is recommended to simultaneously prescribe to the patient the ingestion of honey, bee bread, pollen and royal jelly.

    The doctor, depending on the patient's condition and the nature of the disease, determines the dose of poison and draws up an appropriate treatment regimen.

    • In case of hypertension, it is recommended to plant bees twice a week on the outer surfaces of the limbs - no more than 4 per procedure
    • with lumbosacral radiculitis - on the lumbosacral region up to 8-12 bees per procedure
    • for eye diseases (iritis, iridocyclitis) 2-4 bees are planted on the temples.

    Most often, bees are applied to the outer surface of the thigh every day, making sure that the repeated sting in the same place occurs no earlier than after 4-5 days. During this time, the swelling and soreness that arose from the first sting will disappear.

    It is recommended to remove the sting after 5-10 minutes, that is, after all the poison has entered the skin. The wound is smeared with boric petroleum jelly or other indifferent ointment.

    After the sting, the patient should lie down for 25-30 minutes.

    To carry out the bee sting procedure, use special tweezers, which are equipped with two additional metal plates. The free ends of the tweezers are 3 mm wide, which makes it easy to pick up the bee and apply it to the skin.

    Compliance with the rules of apitherapy will prevent the undesirable consequences of the use of bee venom.

    • Bees should be placed only by a doctor who can correctly select biologically active points and, if necessary, provide assistance to the patient.
    • The therapeutic and toxic doses of bee venom are different for each patient, therefore only the doctor should establish the therapeutic dose - the simultaneous and course number of bees. The criterion is the dynamics of the blood picture, the absence of protein in the urine, local reaction, the state of the regional glands, lability of blood pressure, general health, appetite, sleep, irritability.

    The patient's history is of great importance: reaction to bee stings and serum treatment in the past, reaction to antibiotics and some other drugs, intolerance to certain products (diathesis), helminthic invasions, etc.

    The tendency to develop allergic reactions is a manifestation of the body's immunological individuality, where hereditary predisposition also plays a role.

    • Numerous studies indicate a close relationship between health status, clinical course and outcome of various psychosomatic diseases with the meteorological and heliogeophysical background of the atmosphere. By themselves, days unfavorable in terms of geophysical factors do not cause diseases, but the imbalance in the regulation systems aggravates the diseases that have already occurred. It is not recommended to start treatment with bee stings on these days. If there is an imbalance in the adaptive systems, before starting treatment, it is necessary to stop psychoemotional reactions.
    • When biological samples are set on the first day after the sting, the sting is removed instantly on the second day it is left in the skin for 1 minute on the third - already for 5 minutes.
    • The amount of bee venom released when the abdomen hits the skin is different. It depends on the physiological state and arousal of the bee. For example, in individuals taken from the hive or from the arrival board, the amount of poison is one, and in the bees contained in the box in the office, another, since they are in a quieter state for a rather long time. For the complete intake of the poison, the sting in the patient's skin should be 20 minutes. After this period, the sting must be removed in order to avoid local allergic reactions - not so much from the poison, but from the sting itself as a foreign body.
    • The number of bees planted at one time is on average 8-10, less often 12 pieces. The next day, bees should not be planted, if redness and swelling remain after the previous session, if necessary, the dose should be further reduced by one bee. It is recommended to rest the patient once a week.
    • It is not recommended to plant bees during menstruation in patients, so as not to increase bleeding.
    • It must be remembered that individual parts of the body of the same person react differently to the introduction of bee venom. Therefore, each joint should be individually prepared for treatment by biopsy.
    • Better to plant bees at the same time, so as not to disrupt the daily rhythm of a person. If the patient comes to the appointment after the night shift, then the bees should be planted in the afternoon. It is necessary to complete the course of treatment immediately.In no case do not reduce the number of planted bees gradually, as this can lead to sensitization of the body and cause intolerance during the subsequent course.
    • When repeating the course of treatment with bee venom in subsequent years, it is recommended to carry out bioassays beforehand.
    • People who are starting to work with bees and doctors who are going to engage in apitherapy must first do biological tests, since accidental stings are inevitable.

    The body's response to bee venom

    It has long been known that people who have been stung by bees react differently to bee venom. Some develop a violent general reaction with severe complications when even one bee stings. Others suffer multiple stings without any serious consequences. The same phenomena are observed when bee venom and its dosage forms are used for medicinal purposes.

    This can be explained by the fact that the nature of the body's reaction is largely determined by the multicomponent composition of bee venom. The chemical composition of the poison is extremely heterogeneous. The action on the body of each of the substances included in it forms a response to the poison.

    In this case, gender, age, constitution of a person and the reactive state of his body are of great importance.

    Throughout life, the reactivity of the organism changes. So, children are more difficult to endure bee stings than adults. And in the elderly and old people, there is a significant decrease in reactivity.

    The study of the reactivity of the organism formed the basis for the study of a wide group of diseases caused by hypersensitivity to a particular substance. These are the so-called allergic diseases. Substances that can cause allergic reactions are called allergens. When they enter the body, they become antigens for it. When introduced into the body, antigens cause the formation of antibodies, that is, special protein substances.

    The identification and study of allergic reactions to bee venom is complicated by the fact that it has a complex composition. The main carriers of both medicinal and toxic properties of bee venom are apamine and melittin (proteins with low molecular weight), and allergenic activity is determined by other components.

    Features of the treatment of joints with bee dead

    Dry bee bodies have a very good effect on joint ailments. However, when using podmore, it is important to follow safety rules, otherwise homemade tinctures and ointments can turn out to be harmful:

    1. You can use ointments, creams, compresses and rubbing only on clean, intact skin. In the presence of fresh scratches, ulcers and burns, products based on beesworm can be harmful, since they have a rather aggressive composition.
    2. It is recommended to keep concentrated ointments and tinctures based on beesworm on the body for no more than 30-40 minutes. Leaving the remedy on overnight can burn your skin.

    With constant use of the joint remedy based on beesworm, the skin dries out and can cause irritation. It is necessary to use ointments and tinctures for a limited time, usually no longer than 2-3 weeks, with obligatory breaks between courses.


    Podmore bee is an allergenic food. Therefore, before the first use of remedies for joints, you should make sure that there is no individual intolerance. To do this, an ointment or tincture is applied to the skin in the bend of the elbow and the reaction is monitored for about half an hour. If redness and itching appear, the use of podmore should be abandoned.

    So that the podmor does not bring harm, it is necessary to use joint products based on it strictly in the prescribed dosages. An excess of the active substances of the dead bee can have a negative effect.

    How to take royal jelly, contraindications

    Preparations that include royal jelly are used in the form of subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.

    If you are lucky enough to get hold of a fresh product from the apiary, then the following method is suitable for you: a small lump the size of half a nail is placed under the tongue and dissolve. It can also be mixed with honey and propolis for the best flavor.

    By the way, for a long time, without losing useful properties, milk can be stored in the freezer.

    Another option for taking: buy dietary supplements and take in the form of tablets. Of course, it is best to buy fresh royal jelly, just not everyone has such an opportunity.

    If you want to increase the tone of the skin of the face, add the product to a cream or mask, and to treat skin diseases, apply a fresh product or a crushed granule to the sore spot.

    Royal jelly is contraindicated in case of individual intolerance, infectious diseases, as well as in diseases of the adrenal glands.

    Properties of a unique product

    Turmeric, due to its piquant taste, is used as a seasoning in the preparation of meat, fish dishes, and various drinks. Its medicinal properties are also famous all over the world.

    In a plant so many useful substancesthat people who regularly use this seasoning have good health and great working capacity.

    Why amber seasoning is useful:

    • Increases the body's defenses
    • Improves blood flow
    • Normalizes metabolism
    • Cleans the body of dangerous bacteria
    • Helps the body quickly recover from surgery
    • Reduces pain, relieves spasms
    • Suppresses the growth of cancer cells
    • Promotes the production of serotonin, the hormone of good mood
    • Guaranteed to improve memory, strengthen the walls of blood vessels
    • Removes wrinkles from the skin, refreshes the face.

    The medicinal properties of the spice are better revealed if taken as part of warm medicines with the addition of fat.

    Secrets of bee venom: a panacea for diseases or a dangerous substance?

    Bee venom has long been used in folk medicine as an effective remedy for many diseases. Closer to our time, even many famous doctors of the traditional direction used it for treatment. These include E. A. Ludyansky, B. N. Orlov, Sh. M. Omarov, A. Ya. Spika, H. Kh. Velkhoner, etc. What made them so interested in this substance and what is the use of it? All the details on this later in the article.

    Treatment of vertebral hernia with bee stings

    If hundreds of diseases are treated with bee venom, from scars to multiple sclerosis, then treatment of a vertebral hernia with bee stings should not come as a surprise in principle. Even those who have not yet dared to undertake such an unusual procedure have probably already used ointments containing apitoxin, and are convinced of their effectiveness. Accordingly, you can start apitoxin therapy - this is the name of the method of treatment with the help of a bee sting. In addition to treating a hernia, bee stings help relieve the symptoms of osteochondrosis, as it relieves local inflammation and activates blood flow to the damaged area. As for herniated disc, apitherapy is able to relieve spasms and blockage of the muscles surrounding the disc, in addition, as a result of relaxation, it becomes possible to resume all metabolic processes in damaged tissues. It is the ability of bee venom to fight the degenerative process in the vertebrae that makes the procedure effective and efficient.

    Treatment of vertebral hernia with bee stings is carried out according to the method of acupuncture, that is, the attachment of insects to special biologically active points on the back. In addition to the fact that the poison acts on bone tissue, it quickly penetrates the adrenal cortex and activates the production of anti-inflammatory hormones, thus providing not so much a local analgesic effect as a deep therapeutic effect.

    In conclusion, some interesting facts should be added that will help rehabilitate the bee sting in the eyes of readers.

    • An obligatory product in the diet of astronauts is honey, and the space medicine cabinet contains topical preparations containing apitoxin.
    • Bees are indicators of air pollution. If you went out into nature, where trees, flowers bloom and do not see a single bee, then the ecological situation in this place is unfavorable.
    • Bees circling around the hive (swarming) will not sting a person, this is done by "workers", that is, those insects who are sent to collect nectar.
    • The queen bee never stings a person, she saves her poison for possible rivals - contenders for the "throne".
    • There are customs bees who are specially trained to recognize the smell of drugs and explosives. Besides the fact that several bees learn this action, they pass on "knowledge" to their relatives in the hive.
    • According to legend, the founding father of medicine, Hippocrates, who not only praised the healing properties of honey and bee venom, but himself was fond of beekeeping, lived to be 107 years old.

    Bee venom preparations

    Bee venom is actively used as a component of medicines and cosmetics. For example, modern manufacturers produce ointments with this substance (Figure 7). All such medicines are designed to relieve pain and inflammation of the joints, and are also used to heal wounds, ulcers and abscesses on the skin.

    Figure 7. Types of preparations based on insect venom

    Poison is also produced in tablets and ampoules for intradermal injections (drugs Apifor, Apitoxin, Apizartron). These drugs help to strengthen blood vessels and effectively fight joint diseases.

    The benefits of the venom of these insects have also been proven in cosmetology. However, it should be borne in mind that this substance can also cause harm if a person has an intolerance to beekeeping products. Therefore, before using a cream, balm or lipstick, you need to carefully study the composition.

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