Apitherapy is the use of honeybee products for medical purposes.
Which honey bee products are used in Apitherapy?Honey Bee products such as bee pollen, bee venom, honey, “bee glue” used in hive construction (propolis), and special honey used to feed queen bees (royal jelly) are used in Apitherapy.
Do we have any scientific evidence about the medical benefits of Apitherapy?Most claims of apitherapy have not been proved to the scientific standards of evidence-based medicine and are anecdotal in nature. A wide variety of conditions and diseases have been suggested by believers of aptherapy as candidates for it.
Which conditions can be helped with Apitherapy?Apitherapy is used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, pain after a shingles infection, and bee sting allergies.
It is also used for cough, herpes simplex virus, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hay fever, high cholesterol.
How does Apitherapy work?Accoring to apithearpy different honeybee products are thought to have different actions in the body. Honey is sometimes applied directly on the affected area for burns, wound healing, and foot ulcers caused by diabetes. Honey and other bee products such as propolis might be able to fight bacteria and viruses.
Bee venom is thought to desensitize the body to bee stings. Bee venom was also once thought to decrease pain and swelling (inflammation), but more recent studies disagree.