Monday, March 16, 2009

Bee Stings for Your Health?

How many times have you been stung by a bee? Like most people, you can most likely account for each sting over the years. They were painful. There also seemed to be a mad rush to find just the right ingredient to minimize the pain associated with the sting. Memories of ice and wet tobacco seem to come to mind.

Now, there is a movement afoot to use bee stings for your health. Before I give you the buzz on the sting, this treatment option is not for anyone who is allergic to insect stings.

Bee stings are used by some doctors as a treatment to reduce pain in some patients. Don't laugh too hard. Tis true.

It would appear the neurotoxin found in the bee sting acts as an anti-inflammtory agent. The patients who experience constant pain such as in found in multiple sclerosis, arthritis and fibromyalgia are great candidates, according to the docs who prescribe this therapy.

As for the pain of the sting, they say it's no problem as ice is used to deaden the area before the sting.

I don't know if this works or not, and I most likely won't be finding out anytime soon. I just don't know if I could be in enough pain to ask for a bee sting.

If you need a nest of bees in case you want to experiment, just check outside as our plants begin to flower. There's usually a group buzz going on.

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