History of Apitherapy
**Use of honey and other bee products in human treatments traces back thousands of years. Apitherapy is the use of honey bee products for medical purposes, which includes bee venom, raw honey, royal jelly, pollen, propolis, and beeswax. Whereas bee venom therapy is the use of live bee stings (or injectable venom) to treat various diseases such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, sciatica, low back pain, and tennis elbow to name a few. It refers to any use of venom to assist the body in healing itself. Bee venom contains at least 60 known compounds, 18 that have been looked at closely which all contain pharmacologically active components including various enzymes, peptides and amines. Sulfur is believed to be the main element in inducing the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands and in protecting the body from infections. Contact with bee venom produces a complex cascade of reactions in the human body. As compared with other human diseases, treatments, accidents and other unusual cases, the bee venom is very safe for human treatments. The CDC states you have a better chance of being hit by lightening than having a life threatening reaction to bee venom.
The exact origins of apitherapy are difficult to pinpoint and can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece and has been practiced in China for 3-5,000 years (Rose, 1994). Use of honey and other bee products can be also traced back thousands of years and healing properties are included in many religious texts including the Veda, Bible and Quran , . Now it is being practiced all over the world. In the USA the history of apitherapy goes back about 100 years, it was practiced by several prominent doctors including Dr. Bodog Beck, who started treating people in his New York City office in the late 1920's. Dr. Beck's book "Bee Venom Therapy" has been classic for over 60 years. The last student of Dr. Beck was Middlebury, Vermont beekeeper named Charles Marz, who is known by many as the "King of bee venom therapy". He had been practicing apithierapy for over 60 years with remarkable results, and most of his experience had been with treating arthritis, but his real success was with multiple sclerosis (MS).**
Recently, Ellie Lobel unwittingly stumbled into an Africanized (Killer) honey bee nest and was viciously attacked sustaining hundreds of stings. She had just been given 4months to live because her organs were failing due to Chronic Lyme Disease, but instead of killing her, she actually came out of it feeling better than she had for the last 15 years. She then used herself as a guinea pig and developed a protocol to eradicate Chronic Lyme (and possibly other diseases). She has been free of Lyme ever since. She now travels and lectures extensively showing people how to utilize the healing benefits of Bee Venom. Her comprehensive Bee Venom Protocol for Lyme Disease has brought apitherapy into the 21st century.
**Excerpted from: "Studies on Bee Venom and Its Medical Uses" by Mahmoud Abdu Al-Samie Mohamed Ali, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (from International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology, Volume 1, Issue 2, July, 2012). Read the full article at: http://www.ijoart.org/docs/Studies-on-Bee-Venom-and-Its-Medical-Uses.pdf