As outrageous as this may sound, many physicians are using bee venom to treat arthritis patients who do not respond well to conventional medications. The practice is called apitherapy. The results have been impressive, in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, and there are no serious side effects. The secret to success lies in two ingredients: mellitin, an anti-inflammatory agent that is said to be about 100 times stronger than cortisone, and adolapin, which also fights inflammation and pain.
But arthritis isn’t the only condition that apitherapy can relieve. It’s also being used across the country to treat lower back and shoulder pain, asthma, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, hearing loss, and even premenstrual syndrome!
Bee venom therapy is nothing new. The ancient Egyptians wrote about it in their medical texts, and Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, routinely used it to treat joint pain and swelling in the fifth century B.C. But before you rush out for a dose of bee juice, keep these particulars in mind:
1. Relief is not a slam-dunk. Although the docs who use apitherapy report excellent results, some patients—and some conditions—respond better than others.
2. The injections or bee stings (which some doctors use) can be painful, and you may need more than a dozen of them before your condition improves.
3. This goes without saying (I hope!), but if you’re allergic to bee stings, this therapy could kill you!
You say bee therapy's not your buzz? Try this quirky coffee cure instead: First thing each morning, drink a cup of hot back coffee with the freshly squeezed juice of a large lime mixed into it. It may get rid of your aches for good!