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Email us at info[at]scopemed.Apitherapy is a type of alternative therapy that uses products that come directly from honeybees. Apitherapy has been used for thousands of years.
It can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China. The Greeks and Romans used bee products for medicinal purposes as well, where bee venom was used to treat joint pain from arthritis. Apitherapy can include the usage of all products created naturally from honeybees.
This includes:. Finding products that are as pure and, in some cases, fresh as possible can help get you the best results possible from apitherapy.
Bee venom therapy BVT has been used since ancient Greece to help relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Research has found that BVT can lead to a decrease in swelling, pain, and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
One study even found that it can reduce the need for traditional medications to be used, and that it simultaneously reduced the risk of relapse. Honey has long been used topically to treat wounds — including both open cuts and burns — thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties.
A review found that medical dressings containing honey were effective at helping heal wounds while lowering the risk of infection.
Local wildflower honey, as it turns out, can help treat allergies in several ways. Honey can soothe a sore throat caused by allergies and act as a natural cough suppressant. Local wildflower honey may also protect people from allergies.
This is because local wildflower honey can also contain trace amounts of flower pollen, a known allergen. Consuming local honey could slowly introduce this allergen to the body, potentially building up an immunity to it. BVT can be used as a complementary treatment for diseases tied to both the immune system and the neurologic system, including:. Treatment must be considered carefully. BVT was found to help regulate thyroid function in women who have hyperthyroidism.
However, research into BVT as a thyroid treatment is currently very small, and more studies are needed. Propolis can have a number of health benefits. Research into propolis-containing mouthwashes found that it may be able to naturally protect against oral diseases.This study aimed to investigate the practice of apitherapy - using bee products such as honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom to prevent or treat illness and promote healing - among German beekeepers and to evaluate their experiences with these therapies.
The instrument included questions on the use of apitherapy. Simple descriptive methods, bivariate correlation, cross-tabulation and one-way ANOVA were used to analyze the data.
Altogether completed questionnaires were received. The beekeepers reported the most effective and favorable therapeutic effects with honey, followed by propolis, pollen and royal jelly. The factors associated with successful experiences were: age, number of hives tended, health consciousness, positive experiences with one product and self-administration of treatment. Beekeepers were asked for which condition they would employ propolis and pollen.
They reported that they used propolis most frequently to treat colds, wounds and burns, sore throats, gum disorders and also as a general prophylactic, while pollen was most commonly used as a general prophylactic and, less frequently, in treating prostate diseases. No adverse experiences were reported. The potential benefit of bee products is supported by the positive experiences of a large group of beekeepers who use some of these products to treat a wide range of conditions.
The indications and treatments given here may be important in selecting bee products and designing future trials. Apitherapy is the use of bee products such as honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, bee venom, wax and apilarnil to prevent or treat illness and promote healing. The roots of apitherapy can be traced back more than years to medicine in ancient Egypt. The Greeks and Romans also used bee products for medicinal purposes. However, whether these practitioners from the ancient world really represent the fathers of apitherapy is questionable.
There is a major difference between apitherapy and the use of bee products in defined medical situations. Apitherapists believe that bee products can be used to cure most diseases.
However, the use of bee products in conventional medicine is limited to certain indications where they have shown effects which are equal to or better than those of standard treatments - for example, in treating wounds and burns and as an interesting approach in arthritis 2—4. Dr Stangaciu is one of the foremost protagonists of apitherapy and he states that he has had more than treatment successes with bee products 5.
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He has developed guidelines for apitherapy and these are reproduced in Table 1 5. There are various other reports on the internet of healing through apitherapy but unfortunately no detailed information is available 6. Dr Stefan Stangaciu's guidelines for apitherapy Lee et al.
Select attentively the bee products according to their origin, composition and pharmacological properties. The time of treatments should be in harmony with different bio rhythms; these rhythms vary with the patient, the disease, the season, the hour of the day etc.
Do not experiment on your patient! Use only safe methods and high quality products! Individualise your treatment! Each patient is Unique and must receive a unique treatment!
Because of their composition, all bee products have more or less beneficial effects, on all patients. Perseverance and patience is necessary, especially in chronic diseases.Apitherapy: Health and Healing from the Hive with Ross Conrad, Organic Bee Keeping
Educate your patients before, during and after treatments; make them true bee lovers and protectors! Each patient must become, in time, his own apitherapist. Despite the relative lack of scientific evidence, the concept of apitherapy strongly appeals to many people, especially beekeepers.
Beekeepers have used and promoted bee products for a long time, sometimes even defying state laws to do so 7. In order to learn more about apitherapy and its applications, we assessed the extent of its use in beekeepers and their experiences with this therapy in a nationwide study in Germany.
The questionnaire was based on previous research in other fields of medicine and on reports of various disorders in beekeepers 8— The intelligibility of the questionnaire was tested beforehand in 10 volunteers. The QABH was combined with the Inventory for the Measurement of Bodily Negative Affectivity—trait version INKA-h questionnaire which provides validated and robust evidence of emotional instability such as neuroticism, negative affectivity or stress-reactivity T he use of honey bee products for healing and health known as Apitherapy has been in use since ancient times, however, the most attention grabbing apitherapy treatment today tends to be the use of bee stings to reduce disease symptoms.
The use of BVT for rheumatic diseases has been recognized for at least years. While bee venom injections are not yet approved by the medical establishment for use treating rheumatic diseases, the sting from the live bee is often used and found helpful for this purpose.
Treatment typically consists of applications of bee stings three times a week, about every other day. Treatments are applied over the body on a rotating basis so that a former treatment area is not treated again until all symptoms of the previous stings have healed. This form of BVT is available almost anywhere and, as long as the patient is not hyper-allergic, the treatment is safe without long-term adverse effects even with long-term application of therapeutic doses.
No one has worked as long or as hard to promote the benefits of BVT as Charles Mraz who is recognized the dean of the therapeutic use of bee venom in the United States.
Not only did Mraz initiate clinical research in conjunction with the scientists at Sloan-Kettering and the Walter Reed Army Institutes, he developed the USDA purity standard for dried whole venom and supplied venom to pharmaceutical companies worldwide.
While no medical treatment works on everyone percent of the time, most forms of rheumatic disease seem to respond to BVT including gout, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and scleroderma. The only cases that do not respond well are where the joints have deteriorated to the extent that there is bone-to-bone contact within the joint and where the bones have deteriorated.
While BVT can help with some of the pain symptoms of rheumatic disease, bee venom cannot stimulate the growth of new bone and cartilage.
Although the use of BVT has proven to be clinically valuable in the treatment of chronic pain symptoms research into this area of BVT continues to evolve Lee BVT also has the potential to help reduce negative reactions to chemotherapy Al-Atiyyat and Obaid BVT has been associated with increased fertility in sterile women and curing miscarriages, but also with increased risk of miscarriage in newly pregnant women.
Additional conditions that have been successfully treated with bee venom include; multiple sclerosis, post herpetic neuralgia shingleschronic pain syndromes, eczema, psoriasis, sclerosis, corns, warts including planters wartsEpstein Barr virus EBVLyme Disease, mononucleosis, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, irregular periods, mood swings, depression, and hypoglycemia. Bees are stored in a jar with honey covered by a single layer of paper towel.
The towel absorbs the honey and the bees can suck it up while standing on the towel and avoid drowning in the honey. Note a toilet paper core is included to provide a clustering place for the bees and has been cut on both ends to help prevent it from rolling around inside the jar.
Significant amounts of honey bee venom are required by the pharmaceutical industry. In order to provide them with the raw material they need to produce desensitization shots for those who are allergic, beekeepers collect and purify the venom.
One way this is done is with a frame embedded with wires that are hooked up to a battery. Under the wire grid is a plastic sheet covered with a rubber membrane. The venom collector is placed up against the entrance to a hive and the hive is kicked in order to elicit a defensive response. When the bees come out, land on the collector and touch any two wires, they get a hot foot and sting the rubber membrane beneath the wires depositing their venom beneath the rubber.
The venom that is collected is then dried, filtered and purified in an autoclave before being shipped. Apitherapists avoid all the work involved in collecting bee venom by using live honey bees.
Charles Mraz would re-use an old mayonnaise jar with holes punched in the lid for air to collect and store bees for BVT.
Before collecting the bees, a tablespoon of honey is placed on the bottom of the jar and a piece of paper towel, large enough to just cover the bottom of the jar, is placed over the honey.
This prevents the bees from wallowing in and potentially drowning in the honey. Charles also would place an empty toilet paper roll in the jar to provide a place for the bees to cluster.History of Apitherapy History of Apitherapy. Apitherapy Main Page. Acupuncture Page. The exact place and pattern of origin of apitherapy is not clear. History of apitherapy can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and China.
From ancient time onwards honeybee has played a major role in human lives. Use of honey dates back to thousands of years and the use of honey has been clearly documented in several religious texts including the Veda Hindu scriptures and the Bible Molan, In documents dating back to years we can find reference to the use of honey ancient Sumeria Molan, Honey was extensively used in ancient Egypt.
They described bees making propolis, a gummy material from trees, on vases and ornaments Molan, Theya also used honey to embalm their dead Broffman, Even Hippocrates, the great Greek physician renowned as the "father of medicine," used bee venom to treat joint pain and arthritis.
Ancient Greeks athletes used honey to boost an energy. Broffman, A Roman scholar, Pliny, has written about healing properties of. John Gerard wrote about the healing powers of propolis in his book The History of Plants Stangaciu, Studies conducted in In confirmed that honey had antibiotic properties Molan, The modern systematic study of apitherapy was initiated through the efforts of the Austrian physician Phillip Terc.
He published the results of intentional bee sting and bee in his article "Report about a Peculiar Connection Between the Beestings and Rheumatism" in The history of apitherapy is closely associated with the late beekeeper Charles Mraz from Middlebury, Vermont. He is credited with popularizing bee venom therapy over the past 60 years in this country. Apitherapy is an established form of alternative therapy and is practiced by thousands of medical professionals and lay practitioners.
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Acer platanoides. Populus nigra. Sophora japonica. Robinia pseudoacacia. Tilia platyphyllos. Gleditsia triacanthos. Alnus glutinosa. Oxydendrum arboreum. Vaccinium myrtillus. Corylus avellana. Buxus sempervirens. Hippophae rhamnoides. Berberis vulgaris. Rosa canina.T he American Apitherapy Society, Inc.
Founded inthe NAAS had contributed much to bee venom therapy research and education. However, in the years leading up to it became inactive as a result of inadequate funding, poor communication, and other limitations. As a result, a new organization was formed: the AAS. Officers and directors and advisors were Christopher M. Kim, M. Harman, advisor. Our Mission: Educate the public and health care community, about both the traditional and scientifically valid uses of Apitherapy.
The American Apitherapy Society offers and shares information to educate those of you who seek an alternative form of health care referred to as Apitherapy. Apitherapy encompasses the use of bee hive products including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. Apitherapy is used to treat many illnesses and to alleviate pain from injuries both chronic and acute.
We are an organization reaching beyond traditional Western medicine helping others to help themselves in attaining better health through a holistic approach in harmony with the bee hive, a true gift of nature. We are a membership organization where membership is open to everyone from anywhere in the world, inviting new ideas and the sharing of knowledge and experience amongst those seeking or practicing this form of alternative medicine. Our website offers a wealth of information on the hive products and offers a large network of like minded individuals sharing their knowledge on a global level.
Member benefits include receiving our quarterly journal, posting on the forum, access to past issues of the journal and our past course and conference material, and access to our network list consisting of members all over the world willing to share their knowledge on apitherapy and their experiences with it.
We are not a referral service. We do provide our members with access to our network list, the individuals on this list are AAS members who agree to be contacted by other members through email or by phone to share information and assist others in becoming involved with apitherapy.
Many of these members do practice apitherapy ranging from those who perform bee venom therapy to those who simply use other hive products in their healing protocols.
Our large network offers a wide range of solutions and contacts in the realm of apitherapy. We are all helping each other to help ourselves as your commitment to health begins with you.
Annually the AAS presents the Charles Mraz Course and Conference held in different US cities where we spend 3 days teaching others about apitherapy through both a classroom venue and a practical hands on approach. Members leave our conference with knowledge passed on to them by our most experienced apitherapists and the confidence to help themselves and others participate in Apitherapy. It is a great venue not only to learn all there is to know about apitherapy but to network and become part of a community that takes an active interest in your health and the well being of others.