Apitherapy is the careful use of products derived from bees as medicine, including venom, honey, pollen, and royal jelly. It is used to treat illnesses and their symptoms as well as pain from acute and chronic injuries.
The medicinal use of bee colony products has an ancient tradition in human history and can be traced back to ancient China and the pharaonic kingdom. Even the pioneers of modern medicine; Hippocrates and Paracelsus have appreciated honey and other bee products as essential components of their medicinal concoctions. The high esteem of honey in ancient cultures is primarily due to its medicinal properties and is reflected in all the sacred writings of humanity, such as the Bible, the Talmud, the Qur’an, and other holy books.
According to Healthline the Illnesses that apitherapy may treat include:
Injuries that apitherapy can treat include:
During apitherapy treatment, honeybee products may be:
- applied topically
- taken orally
- injected directly into the blood
Apitherapy can include the usage of all products created naturally from honeybees. This includes:
- Bee venom. Female worker bees produce bee venom. It can be delivered directly from a bee sting. The bee sting may be administered to the skin through a stainless steel micro mesh. This allows the venom to enter the skin, but prevents the stinger from being attached to the skin, which would kill the bee.
- Honey. Bees produce this sweet substance. It can also be harvested.
- Pollen. This is the male reproductive material bees collect from plants. It contains a large number of vitamins and nutrients.
- Royal jelly. The queen bee feeds on this enzyme-enriched food. It contains a large number of beneficial vitamins.
- Propolis. This is a combination of beeswax, tree resins, honey, and enzymes made by bees to protect the hive from external threats, like bacteria or viruses. It contains strong antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties as a result.
- Beeswax. Honeybees create beeswax to build their hive and store both honey and pollen. It’s commonly used in cosmetic products.
Finding products that are as pure and, in some cases, fresh as possible can help get you the best results possible from apitherapy. Taking a vitamin that only contains a small portion of royal jelly, for example, wouldn’t be as effective as taking one with a larger dose of the honeybee product.
A couple of great books all about Bees are – The Bee Hive Product Bible by Royden Browns (Author) -The Bee Hive Product Bible takes you through the hive, explaining what each beehive product is and how it is produced. The health benefits of bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly and honey are also described which include their ability to fight allergies, strengthen the immune system, regulate hormones, heal wounds and act as a powerful antibiotic. Readers are given advice on how to purchase, prepare, store and use each product. Used both for culinary and medicinal purposes, the “apiarian lifestyle” proves to be a powerhouse of health. It is available from Amazon and other good book shops.
Natural Medicine from Honey Bees (Apitherapy) Bees: propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, pollen, honey by Jacob Kaal (Author) – Jacob Kaal’s first booklet, Apitherapy: Curing with bee products, appeared in 1986 (in Dutch). It was updated and translated into English in 1991and is now reprinted in the original. The book contains an impressive international bibliography and a systematic, detailed record of known and potential medicinal properties of bee products. Propolis had become a forgotten substance in the West for over a century, until the 1960s, and Jacob was determined to promote its varied medicinal powers. Being a beekeeper, his research always touched the ground with the life and wellbeing of bees and people. Available from Amazon and other good book shops.
Honey is a reliable source of “quick” energy; thanks to its high energy contents. Honey helps individuals overcome nervousness, exhaustion, and convalescence. It is ideal for athletes and great for proper growth and development for children. It increases the resistance to fatigue. The simple sugars (monosaccharides) contained in honey are absorbed quickly by the intestine and therefore provide instant energy. Albeena writes
- It acts as a powerful immunostimulant
- It helps to increase the immune defense system against flu symptoms
- It serves as an antibacterial
- It works as a soothing cough medicine
- It serves as a disinfectant and in healing wounds and burns due to its high antibiotic properties, applied directly to the affected area.
- It acts as an adjunct in oral infections
- It aids proper digestion
- It contains healthy substances that help the well-being of the digestive system.
- It helps in curing sore throats and mouth ulcers
Propolis is readily collected by bees from the buds of trees to seal and adequately sterilize the hive. It is used today for many purposes, thanks to its great antibacterial properties. Almost all of us have propolis sprays at home for treating painful sores, inflammation, and thrush and also to speed up healing after oral surgery.
Of course, before taking any form of bee products you should check with your GP first in case it had an effect on other medications you are taking.
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