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Is Bee Sting Therapy Buzzing Into The Mainstream? Clinical Trials Underway For Chronic Pain
CBSLA.com) ^ | April 25, 2014 11:30 PM | Lisa Sigell

Posted on 04/26/2014 7:26:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin

An ancient folk remedy for chronic pain could be buzzing into mainstream markets.

Axis Clinical Trials in Los Angeles is testing honey bee venom for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Dr. Lydie Hazan spoke to CBS2′s Lisa Sigell about her experience treating patients with Apimed, otherwise known as standardized and purified “venom in a vial”.

“We were contracted by a pharmaceutical company which is based in Korea. They decided they wanted this product marketed in the United States,” she said. “We inject it locally in the knees of patients that are afflicted with osteoarthritis.”

Patients are monitored for months to see if their pain gets any better. The treatment must be proven safe and effective before it receives approval by the FDA.

But Dr. Hazan admits how Apimed relieves pain remains somewhat of a mystery.

“Nobody is really sure on exactly the mechanism of the honey bee venom. But it seems to have an affinity for inflammation in that it gobbles up the inflammation,” she said.

Costa Mesa beekeeper Rich Heryford believes trials like this one were only a matter of time.

He employs his bees to make honey, to pollinate almond crops and for bee sting therapy. Although he doesn’t make any promises, he says the medical industry is “finally catching up” to the trend.

“When conventional medicine fails to help, sometimes bee sting therapy is the only thing left,” he said.

Seventy-one-year-old Pat Henry, of Yucaipa, turned to bee sting therapy 16 years ago to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Every other day she receives two bee stings to the back of her neck and four above and below her knees.

She calls the flying insects “miracle creatures,” and says her joint soreness disappears within a couple of hours of treatment.

“I’m independent. I clean my own house. [I] wake up every morning and say, ‘Okay, I made it one more day,’” she said.

Her caretaker, Chet Henry, stings himself too.

“My hands were so bad with arthritis, and I don’t have that anymore,” he said.

Pat now has her own beehive, and says she takes the bad with the good.

“I don’t want them in my hair but sometimes that happens,” she said, adding that she fears the alternative of chronic pain more than the bees.

And although the stings haven’t prevented Pat’s M.S. from weakening her legs, she’s optimistic about the effectiveness of their venom.

“I can carry on with my life and there are no side effects, and hopefully live to be 100 years old,” she said.

Dr. Hazan warns a bee sting can be deadly to those who are allergic. She recommends being tested by a doctor before trying any type of bee venom therapy.

The Apimed trial for osteoarthritis of the knee is currently recruiting patients. The trial lasts six months and participants are paid up to $1050 for their time and travel. More information is available on the Axis Today website.

For more on the history of bee sting therapy, visit the American Apitherapy Association.

If you have a beehive on your property and need advice on getting it re-located, check out Living Bees.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: beestings; beestingtherapy; chronicpain; pain

1 posted on 04/26/2014 7:26:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Pontiac

Cool Bump for later.


2 posted on 04/26/2014 7:32:38 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: BenLurkin

The challenge is pi**ing the bees off enough to provoke a sting.

I find that reading a few sentences from a book by Hillary Clinton or Liz Warren is quite effective at drawing an angry swarm.


3 posted on 04/26/2014 7:36:52 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: BenLurkin

I’d get them to eat the honey of the Apis Labriosa honeybee that lives in the Himalayas. If you eat too much it’ll give you nausea/vomiting, convulsions, and/or hallucinations because the bees eat the nectar a rhododendron plant that is poisonous.

Hallucinogen Honey Hunters - Hunting mad honey - documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_b2i_FvYPw

You can see the effects on an individual starting at about the 20:15 mark.


4 posted on 04/26/2014 7:49:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Then the bee dies.


5 posted on 04/26/2014 8:02:13 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: BenLurkin
And if it ever goes into commercial production, we already know the perfect pitchman...

(yes, that's Sting)

6 posted on 04/26/2014 8:41:26 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin

That’s Gordon Sumner.


7 posted on 04/26/2014 8:42:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
OK, how about this Sting instead?


8 posted on 04/26/2014 8:44:17 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin
I hate getting old. I remember when Sting was bouncing around the stage with the rest of The Police banging out hits like "De Do Do Do Do De Da Da Da Da" and "When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best Of What Goes Around" and all those other gems they wrote from about 1978 to 1983.

What the hell happened?

9 posted on 04/26/2014 9:02:22 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: BenLurkin

“Say, was you ever bit by a dead bee?”


10 posted on 04/26/2014 9:05:35 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SamAdams76

Time?


11 posted on 04/26/2014 9:16:49 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SamAdams76

I remember when Sting was the big thing - constantly on the radio. My sister got sick of him and wailed, “O Sting, where is thy death?”


12 posted on 04/26/2014 9:23:57 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: BenLurkin

What about wasps and hornets?


13 posted on 04/26/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Cboldt

“To Have and To Have Not” ?


14 posted on 04/26/2014 9:47:03 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: BenLurkin

My grandpa did this back in the 60’s for ‘rheumatism’. I don’t think it was a long term fix, but it helped for awhile.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 9:54:39 AM PDT by colorcountry (The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2))
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To: Bigg Red

Yep. Funny line in a mostly serious story.


16 posted on 04/26/2014 9:55:22 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Not much of a movie person, but, for some reason, that stayed with me.


17 posted on 04/26/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Cboldt

Why didn’t you bite him back?


18 posted on 04/26/2014 10:59:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Some bee therapy for the ladies...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAwwDW7zd2E


19 posted on 04/26/2014 12:48:05 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: All

How about baseball bat therapy? A swift hit with a bat upside the head will make you forget all other pain.


20 posted on 04/26/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: BenLurkin

I ain’t go no stinger


21 posted on 04/26/2014 2:26:12 PM PDT by Cboldt
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