Canadian Apitherapy Conference In Nelson B.C.
I was honored to attend the very first Canadian Apitherapy Association organizational meeting and conference. The event was held from February 19th thru February 22, 2016 in beautiful Nelson Brittish Columbia. The town is nestled among snow capped peaks, large wilderness areas and scenic Kootenay Lake, a perfect setting to study apitherapy.
Speakers at the conference included: Nelson’s mayor Deb Kozak welcoming the apitherapy group, Christina Yahn of the Queen Bee Project, Yann Loranger and Adrian Thibault of Happy Culture inc. and herbalist Marie Pierrre Fortier . Featured speaker at the conference was Dr. Stefan Stangaciu – President of the Romanian and German Apitherapy Societies and Secretary General of the International Federation of Apitherapy.
My first day attending the conference I was delighted to see a very young group of participants from areas of Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. I am always encouraged to see young enthusiasts interested in beekeeping and apitherapy, As bees are a mirror of ourselves equally so young beekeepers are a mirror to the future of bees.
The conference covered many aspects of apitherapy including: medicinal oriented beekeeping, apitherapy and traditional Chinese medicine, beehive air therapy, propolis air, api cosmetics and herbs, honey detox massage and bee venom health. Also covered at the conference were rules and principles for apitherapy treatment. Of special interest to me were the topics of beehive air, propolis air and honey detox massage.
Dr. Stangaciu explained the role beehive air plays in European apitherapy. Cabin style bee houses are rented to persons with respiratory and other conditions. Usually these bee houses have five beehives on opposite sides of two exterior walls. The interior will have a cot of some type or sofa in which the patient sits, a hose is then attached to the top of a hive at one end and a face mask at the other end through which one breathes in the healing air. Some therapists have used fans on the top of the hives to speed airflow but due to vibration and noise there is evidence that it slows queen egg production and therefore is not recommended. Bee air therapy sessions normally last 20 to 30 minutes and may be administered daily. Some people prefer staying the night in the bee houses breathing the sweet smell of the hives while listening to the symphony of their sounds.
Another version of beehive air therapy is propolis air. By gently heating propolis, a sweet resiny aroma fills the air. This air is very medicinal with antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic and antifungal qualities. In Europe test studies have shown that students in classrooms where propolis air is emitted had less sick days and 60% higher attendence.
During the conference I purchased a propolis air car unit that plugs into your lighter socket. It is a great little device that sterilizes the interior of the car and fills my lungs with medicine from nature. I also purchased a room unit that is turned on during sleeping hours. For more information on propolis air units see www.propolair.com or contact Yann Loranger at: email@example.com.
Honey detox massage has shown to extract fats and toxins from the body. In Europe honey detox massage is big business. First, warm manuka honey, thyme, or other organic raw honey is applied to the back. The skin is then massaged until it is very sticky using a rolling, upward, cupping motion which creates suction. After continued massage the honey literally draws a white greyish matter from the skin. I was amazed to see this. You can check it out on Utube, see: “honeymassage. honigmassage” by Dr. Stefan Stangaciu. Honey detox massage is also used on various parts of the body including facial detox.
I thank all the speakers at the conference for a very rewarding experience. Dr. Stefan Stangaciu’s lectures added a supernatural understanding to apitherapy, his somewhat spiritual approach towards the medicine of bees gave me new energy in my quest of understanding the essence of bees. Thank you Canadian Apitherapy Association.
Frank Wiedemann, AAS member