Bee Therapy Joint Pain and Inflammation Treatment
Bee therapy joint pain and inflammation treatment is an ancient alternative medical practice that utilizes products from honeybees to treat various ailments. The venom in their stings contains chemicals with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.
People suffering from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and other joint diseases have long used bee venom therapy (BVT). Studies have demonstrated that it can reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness in RA patients as well as help prevent recurrences of the disease in some individuals.
At Axis Clinical Trials in Los Angeles, a clinical trial is currently underway to test a venom-based product for osteoarthritis. Apimed, also known as Apimed, contains purified forms of the venom that can be injected into joints to relieve pain and enhance function for those suffering from this degenerative joint condition.
Venom contains melittin, which has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Additionally, it contains several other chemicals with potential benefits for humans such as enzymes, peptides and amines.
Furthermore, venom contains hormones called glucocorticoids which act as anti-inflammatory agents and prevent arthritis in animal models. A 2020 study demonstrated that the venom was effective at relieving symptoms of artificially induced RA in rats.
Research has also demonstrated that bee venom acupuncture may improve mobility for some people with adhesive capsulitis, a type of shoulder pain characterized by tightness and stiffness. A study on 68 people with the condition revealed that when combined with physiotherapy, bee venom acupuncture proved more successful at relieving symptoms than either therapy alone.
However, as with any treatment, it’s essential to remember that the body takes time to respond. Some studies suggest it could take up to 3 months before you start seeing results from venom therapy.
Bee venom therapy comes in several forms, such as live bee stings and injections of diluted venom. You may also purchase the venom in ointments that can be applied directly on the skin for extra protection.
Venom injections are more common, and can be administered either through the mouth or directly onto the skin. Usually, three sessions of venom are administered weekly for up to six weeks.
Venom is an abundant natural source of anti-inflammatory compounds, which can reduce pain by decreasing the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that cause inflammation. Not only that, but it has been known to speed up wound healing and scar tissue repair while increasing immunity as well.
Bee venom therapy has gained in popularity, yet there is not enough research to back it up as a viable form of treatment for multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis or Lyme disease. Nonetheless, many patients swear by its ability to reduce pain and enhance quality of life.
Research is still needed, so for now it’s best to stick with traditional medicine when treating your patients’ arthritis. Acupuncture can often provide pain relief and reduce swelling in affected joints. Furthermore, there are various over-the-counter medications available which may help ease symptoms associated with RA or other types of arthritis.