John in New York City has expressed an interest in using Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) to help relieve pain in his shoulder. John believes that a previous surgery and bone spurs have caused his chronic pain.
If never having used BVT or if you have a history of allergies or not having been stung by honeybees for a long time, you should do allergic reaction tests and consult with your doctor. A small percentage of people are severely allergic to any bee products and especially bee venom. You may want to use bee products for several weeks before actually considering stinging. Bee products when used synergistically are most beneficial and why not start with some honey and bee pollen .
Once you have determined that you are not allergic to bee products, you may want begin a program of taking 2 tablespoons un filtered, un heated raw honey from a local source. If local honey isn’t available, I prefer using Manuka honey (from New Zealand) with a UMF rating of +16 or more. Also consider taking 1 or 2 teaspoons of pollen daily for about 2 weeks, pollen should be fresh and kept refrigerated. Note that bee products from your own area will offer more anti allergic benefits than products purchased from outside your area. After about a week of taking honey and pollen and you do not show signs of allergic reactions, you may want to up your pollen intake to 1 or 2 tablespoon daily. Even if you do not plan on stinging, taking any bee products is beneficial to ones health, this includes: raw honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly.
After taking raw honey and pollen for at least 2 weeks and if there have not been indications of allergic reactions you may want to consider BVT. I suggest t that you first do a little reading on the subject, an all time classic and one of my favorite books on the subject is: ”Health and the Honeybee” by Charles Mraz, who has been considered the foremost authority on the subject of apitherapy in the western world.
Ok lets assume that you are ready for some bee venom therapy (BVT) for the first time. I suggest that you contact an Apitherapist in your area (to assist in the stinging process) or find a beekeeper in your area to obtain some bees so that you can do your own stinging. If you do not have access to bees in your area, you can always order bees online.
Before stinging you will want to take some necessary precautions and have some basic tools. If you have any medical conditions, are taking medicine or have any doubts as to whether or not you should sting, consult with your physician beforehand. Be certain that you are not allergy sensitive to bee venom. Never have alcohol in your system prior to stinging. Always have with you and know how to use an epinephrine “EpiPen auto injector” and Benadryl, this is in case you have an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Benadryl is generally used for moderate reactions where as an EpiPen is used for more severe reactions as in anaphylactic shock. Familiarize yourself with the use of an EpiPen and with symptoms of anaphylactic shock as the condition may be life threatening to you. When first stinging, it is a good idea to have an apitherapist or companion with you to assist in the process.
Reactions to bee stings can vary greatly and the location where a stinger is placed will also have varying effects. I encourage you to begin with a test sting or micro sting. A test sting is usually done on an arm or leg and on the opposite side of the heart, with the stinger left in the skin for a very short time. Micro stinging requires a certain amount of skill as a person must hold the stinger and the venom sac with tweezers while applying a series of short quick stings (with the same stinger) to the skin. When starting out, only apply one sting. Only after minimal reactions and feeling comfortable stinging should one continue the process.
I emphasize that you take it slow, read or some other way educate yourself on apitherapy, check with your doctor prior to stinging regarding allergic reactions or medication complications, have an EpiPen and Benadryl with you during stinging and never have alcohol in your system. Remember this is holistic medicine and not approved by the FDA.
You may also want to consider getting injectable bee venom (Apitoxin) thru a local allergy clinic. This is a more controlled system of administering venom and may be more convenient for you.
Good luck John and let us know how you are doing.