Naturopathic medicine, which is the use of natural resources to help the body heal, has increasingly gained fame over the past few years. As more and more people became cautious about the side effects of taking medications, the search for alternative options has grown. Despite advances in traditional medicine, more and more people are preferring holistic practices. One of these practices is the use of Bee venom also called Apitherapy.
What is Apitherapy?
Apitherapy is a type of therapy that uses products that come directly from honeybees which can include honey, royal jelly, pollen, and bee venom.
The use of multiple sclerosis bee venom therapy has long been around in traditional medicine in East Asia. Believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, it is administered at acupuncture points using the bee sting or injection. The process would normally take 10- 15 minutes during which the stingers are allowed to stay on the acupuncture point to penetrate the skin properly and administer the venom. Around 30-40 bees are used for the treatment.
What is in Bee venom?
Bee venom contains a mixture of peptides, proteins, and vitamins believed to help stabilize various conditions, improve symptoms and relieve pain. Melittin, one of the peptides, is an important part of the immune system and fundamental in destroying bacteria. Apamin, another peptide, is able to inhibit the potassium permeability of some cells. This is comparable to an effect brought by an experimental drug that has been able to show improved results for MS symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty in walking, and weakness of the leg. Because of how it can affect the human body, it is now being experimented and used to treat many autoimmune and neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Bee sting therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Bee sting therapy uses the body’s response when the venom is introduced into the body. This attack incurs an inflammatory reaction. To counteract this, the body initiates an anti-inflammatory response. This, in turn, can have a positive impact in reducing the inflammation on parts of the body where demyelination has occurred such as the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body. Because of this, Bee sting therapy is being considered to treat MS.
What are the results for MS?
A study was conducted that involved patients with MS receiving bee venom injections. Improvements in balance, coordination, fatigue, spasticity, numbness, energy were seen over the 12-month trial. This shows how Apitherapy with bee venom for MS can be quite an effective therapy. However, this treatment can potentially cause some severe side effects such as anaphylactic shock from the bee venom and MS. Since there isn’t enough scientific evidence that supports the use of bee venom therapy for MS one should be cautious in trying this treatment.
How is it comparable to Taopatch?
Bee venom MS treatment appears to be much more effective (up to 5 times more) when administered at acupuncture points beneficial for specific concerns. The same is followed in using Taopatch which is attached on predominantly acupuncture points. This is one of the common aspects of these two treatments.
However, Taopatch has been shown to cause no risks and side effects compared to the venom therapy in multiple sclerosis, which can cause severe allergic reactions. Taopatch is also a 24/7 pain-free light therapy so the body of the user is gently but constantly exposed to its therapeutic frequencies, under no discomfort upon using the patches. The patches emit therapeutic wavelengths that can improve the communication of the Central Nervous System with the receptors across the body which cause no pain to the user as some of them have expressed in their testimonials here.
Although there have been some anecdotal cases where the bee therapy for MS provided benefits to some patients, there are not enough scientific studies to support its claim. Taopatch on the other hand has many published studies that support its beneficial use in improving the symptoms caused by neurological conditions such as MS.