Here is My Question:
I've heard that apitherapy (practice of bee stinging), has been known to help treat systemic health issues like MS. Any information on that?
Apitherapy has been hypothesized to help inflammatory conditions (including MS) due to its presumed anti-inflammatory effects. To test this hypothesis, there is published data on a cross-over design clinical investigation study using bee stings. The study collected the typical measurements of new/enlarging lesions on MRI, confirmed MS relapses, and even disability progression. In addition, the study participants were asked about fatigue level and health-related quality of life while on bee sting therapy and off of it. The final analysis did not see a statistically significant effect on any of these measurements. So, we don't have good confirmed data for bee sting therapy. The best we can say is that apitherapy is possibly ineffective at treating MS and MS-related symptoms.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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