"No matter what you might first think about apitherapy, the use of honeybee products for medicinal products, there is one distinct 'element of reality,' said Dr. Theo Cherbuliez.
'With few exceptions, every bee sting hurts, period,' said Cherbuliez, who is an East Coast psychiatrist and one of the country's leading apitherapists during the past 20 years.
Cherbuliez was in Seattle this weekend for the 2008 Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course and Conference, which was sponsored by the American Apitherapy Society (apitherapy.org). He presented a Friday talk on the healing qualities of bee venom while other practitioners covered the other medicinal bee products, honey, propolis, royal jelly and pollen. Among others, the weekend rolled out sessions on pain relief, multiple sclerosis treatment, allergic reactions, apitherapy for animals, legal issues of using bees for health treatments and, ouch, micro-stinging."
Living Well: Proponents see a world of healing in bee stings By BOB CONDOR, SPECIAL TO THE P-I
My own personal experience suggests to me that bee stings are good for pain relief. The big drug companies have not been able to duplicate the properties of bee venom, which is why we don't see apitherapy widely embraced by the scientific community. The drug companies would rather see people taking large doses of cheaply produced toxins than a small dose of natural bee venom. They have not yet figured out a way to profit from the natural benefits of bees. I don't know if that's a good thing for beekeepers or not. If apitherapy was to become mainstream medicine, would we profit from it? Or would the drug companies seize all the profits while employing cheap labor in China to provide the bee products?