BVT stands for Bee Sting Therapy. This is a highly controversial alternative therapy, used to treat certain conditions and illnesses. It falls under a broader name, Apitherapy. That is the use of honey bee products specifically for healing. Bee Venom Therapy is not new at all. History teaches us that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans were readily practising it.
Some conditions that are treated with BVT includes Shingles, Infections, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Headaches, Migraines, Carpal Tunnel, Wound Healing, Pain (chronic and acute) , Burns, Tendonitis and Tennis elbow.
The theory behind it is based on the fact that a bee sting cause an inflammatory response in the body. That triggers the bodies ANTI-inflammatory response. This natural anti-inflammatory response cause natural healing in the body to happen faster and more effectively. Firstly the patient is subject to allergy tests, to test if they are allergic to bee venom. Bee venom allergy is very dangerous and can cause anaphylactic shock and death. People who are allergic are not suitable for BVT.
Controlled bee stings are administered by an Acupuncturist. It can be 2 sessions a week of 10 bee stings at a time. Or 3 sessions a week of 7 bee stings at a time. Every patient is unique and every dose and administration differs. The bee is placed on the exact area where the venom is needed, by holding it with tweezers. In really sophisticated clinics the bee stings are administered over a stainless steel mesh, witch allows the venom to penetrate the skin, but the bees do not die, as the stinger do not hook into the skin.
BVT can lead to reduced pain, swelling and stiffness. One person reports, “ my tennis elbow was healed after just one session, consisting of 7 stings.” It also possibly reduce the need for conventional treatments.
BVT is often used not only for the immune system, but also for the neurological system. There are scientific research available that proves the improvement in some patients with Multiple Scleroses, Alzeimer’s , Parkinson’s and Lupus. Multiple Sclerosis patients will typically receive 10 stings twice a week. They report a decrease in pain, stifness and imobility.
Bee venom capsules are produced in New Zeeland and taken for joint health and flexibility.
Research is underway to test the effectiveness of BVT in thyroid problems. There is already evidense that it can improve Hyperthyroidism.
BBC reports that New Zeeland is driving for a bee venom based cream replacing botox injections. Bee keepers harvests bee venom every 2 weeks. This is done by placing bees on a plate with an electric current flowing through it. This encourages the bees to sting. ( They do not die.) The venom is then dried into a powder. This is mixed into face creams. The cream has a tightening effect , “plumping” out the skin, giving it a glow. There is even a whole beauty range based on bee venom products produced in South Korea. It is called Nature Republic Bee Venom Treatment and is available online.
This painful therapy has never really ceased to be used. Would you consider doing that?