From the standpoint of the hive, bees will sting people when they feel the hive is threatened. In other words, a bee sting can be thought of as a loud, collective, “No!” from the hive. There is some of this “no” energy that is retained in bee venom therapy as it is often a treatment of last resort for difficult illnesses. Historically, BVT is best known for treating arthritis and rheumatism as it greatly improves local circulation. Today, it is used to treat MS, pain, scar tissue, cancer, and a vast number of other conditions, though much of this pioneering work is being done outside the United States. Bee venom is anti-inflammatory, an immuno-stimulant, and overall supporter of life. It dredges toxins from the body and increases cortisol production. Systemically, it is an “energy medicine” that acts on both the physical and subtle bodies. Important for its neuro-transmitters, it supports memory and, ultimately, affects consciousness. Beekeepers have a statistically low rate of cancer. Approximately half the venom is made up of mellitin, though at least forty constituents have been identified in it so far. To minimize reactions, BVT is best done after one has followed a 100 percent organic diet for several months in order to cleanse and strengthen the system, along with using the other hive products.

BVT should only be done by knowledgeable practitioners who are fully prepared to handle a life-threatening reaction and are trained in using an EpiPen. With proper respect for this potent modality and an understanding of medical conditions, BVT may provide miraculous healing and support for the most challenging of illnesses. BVT is commonly done on acupuncture points, though “stinging where it hurts” is a common folk medicine practice. The apitherapy websites offer stinging protocols, charts, videos, and books

This post is from the Journal of the American Apitherapy Society.

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