As healthcare costs increase, the search for alternative methods of healthcare increase. The aging poulation of Baby Boomers is on the rise and so are healthcare claims. Since the Boomers refuse to give up their health, independence and wealth, alternate routes for health and youth are rising. Supplements, herbs, vitamins, bi-products and organic foods are substituted for pharmaceuticals.
In a University of Michigan Health System study, 1 out of 3 patients with chronic pain reported using complementary and alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic visits for pain relief. Enough interest exists in apitherapy (bee sting therapy) and its health claims that Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has begun a one-year preliminary study of bee venom to treat multiple sclerosis — a chronic, progressive, and often crippling neurological disorder.
“Most of the 40 ingredients in bee venom have been identified,” says Cohen. “Mellitin, an anti-inflammatory agent found in the venom, is one hundred times stronger than cortisone.” Bee venom also contains a substance known as adolapin, which is both anti-inflammatory and pain-blocking. Practitioners believe all the ingredients in bee venom work together to cause the body to release more natural healing compounds in its own defense. Bee venom is also said to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling.
Downey, C. (2010). Sting the Pain Away. WebMD Feature. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50602