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Medicine Bee Herbals - Bee Venom Information about Apitherapy Benefits

Bee Venom Information about Apitherapy

The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence.
After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness.

-- Man and Insects

Apitherapy InformationApitherapy is the medical use of honey bee products. This can include the use of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.

Please click to view Royal Jelly or Bee Pollen, for further information. Also read about how Honey and Royal Jelly could prevent cancer.

Honey bee venom consists of the following known components:


Bee Venom PowderMast Cell Degranulating Peptide





Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but
also requires its social companionship and support. Isolate a honeybee
from her sisters and she will soon die.

-- The Queen Must Die: And Affairs of Bees and Men

Flower Photography by K MillarLay practitioners Api-Therapy is as old as beekeeping itself. It was written about by Hippocrates and there mentions of it in Chinese texts that are 2000 years old. Apitherapy began as part of folk medicine and today, most of the people using it are doing it themselves or with the help of lay practitioners who administer the live bees.

Many professional licensed health professionals now are beginning to use apitherapy, either with live bees or in an injection. Two well-known physicians are Dr. Christopher Kim, and Dr. Theodore Cherbuliez, M.D., president of the American Apitherapy Society.

Bee venom is collected by electric shock method used to stimulate the bees to sting. The collector frame is usually placed at the entrance of the hive and connected to a device which supplies electrical impulses. Bee Venom collecting does not kill the bees and methods are safe and do not harm bees.

Bee Venom appears to be a colorless liquid. After drying, it is a white powder like material if protected from oxidation. If it is not protected, oxidation will change the color from white to brownish-yellow. Changes caused by oxidation of certain components of the venom may decrease its healing effect. There are different kinds of venom such as: Pure whole dried, whole dried, and freeze-dried [lyophilized] bee venom. Pure whole dried bee venom is the purest venom. It is white in color and not contaminated with foreign materials and colorless when it is used in a solution.

Freeze-dried bee venom is highly processed and purified venom. During the preparation its moisture content and any other contaminants are removed in order to purify and preserve it. It is widely used in creams, liniments and ointments.

On leaving the old nest, the swarm normally flies only a few meters
and settles. Scout bees look for a suitable place to start the new
colony. Eventually, one location wins favor and the whole swarm
Takes to the air.

-- Bees of the World

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If bee venom is protected from moisture and light it can be stored for five years or more. Freeze-drying is perhaps the most effective method of preserving bee venom. Bee Venom taking orally has limited research or information available on the uses of bee venom tablets, pellets, capsules, or drop forms. Nevertheless, there are dozens of products available.



Honeybees are social insects and live in colonies. Each colony is
a family unit, comprising a single, egg-laying female or queen
and her many sterile daughters called workers. The workers cooperate
in the food-gathering, nest building and rearing the off-
spring. Males are reared only at the times of year when their presence
Is required.

-- Bees of the World

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The European market has many homeopathic categories containing Apis Mellifica or Apis Virus [venom sac extract]. It should be noted that the results are preliminary and further research is required.

Bee Venom Solution [BVS] prepared by one of the simplest methods to dissolve the venom in a previously sterilized, hot, isotonic saline solution and passed it through a micro pore filter. The disadvantages of this method are that the hot saline solution may partially destroy the active components of the venom. Consequently, its healing effect cannot be compared to the effectiveness of live bee stings. There are other methods to prepare a more effective venom solution such as by a “cold” preparation method or by using freeze dried bee venom.

How many injections can be prepared by 1.0 gram of bee venom? Research has shown that the venom sac of the honey bee has about 0.1 mg of dried weight content. Therefore 10,000 bee venom sacs contain in 1.0 gram of bee venom.

It takes honeybee workers ten million foraging trips to gather enough
Nectar to make one pound of honey.

-- Bees of the World

In preparing the 3X or 10X initial strength solution, every 1 ml will contain 1.0 mg of bee venom. Administering 0.1 ml venom solution to the affected area will be equivalent of one bee sting. As a result 1.0 gram of bee venom can provide 10,000 injections. For the past 30 years, the 3X solution has been considered a homeopathic preparation and proven to be safe in use. The treatment was always conducted by physicians.

Is bee venom solution as effective as bee stings? Bee venom has many active components; during its collection it may lose its volatile fractions. Presently it is unknown if these fractions play a role in the healing effect. Improper preparation methods may also decrease its effectiveness. Bee Venom with proper preparation method, it is possible to make a venom solution; which is almost as effective as live bee stings. Bee Venom solution was successfully used in the treatment of chronic pain, hearing problems, trauma, multiple sclerosis, scars spondylitis deformities, and all types of arthritis.

A worker [bee] is just over a centimeter long and weighs only about
Sixty milligrams; nevertheless, she can fly with a load heavier than

-- The Honey Bee

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Some advantages of using bee venom solution are that the treatment can be conducted under the supervision of a physician; the dosage and components of the venom are standardized; and treatment is independent of the seasonal changes with the availability of live bees.

Bee Venom solution can be administered by an ultrasonic generator module. This method uses the highly diluted BVS [3X or 10X initial strength]; however, an ultrasonic generator module requires it to be mixed with an ointment. The venom solution or ointment is then placed onto the affected area and penetrates the body with the assistance of ultrasound.

If the queen were smarter, she would probably be hopelessly neurotic.
As is, she is shy and skittish, possibly because she never leaves
The hive, but spends her days confined in darkness, a kind of eternal
Night, perpetually in labor…..Her true role is less that of a queen
Than mother of the hive, a title often accorded to her. And yet, this is
Something of a mockery because of her lack of maternal instincts or
The ability to care for her young.

-- The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men

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The above mentioned bee venom solution are safe and painless. They do not require the use of any sophisticated instrumentation. Furthermore, these methods ensure the controlled administration of the venom by a physician or therapist for inject able solutions.

Bee venom solution can be used by acupuncturists as well. During the last three decades the Chinese have combined traditional acupuncture methods with the uses of bee venom solution for the treatment of epilepsy, arthritis and all conditions that are treated with live bee stings. One of the methods uses an acupuncture needle that is dipped into the venom solution and administered into acupuncture points. Another method places the venom solution on the skin or topically and is administered through the solution. All these techniques have led to the wider and safer application of bee venom solution.

Bee Venom therapy need to sterilize the affected area with some commonly used soap and water or for injections like ether or benzene before administering bee stings or BVS. Alcohol and iodine rapidly destroy the active components of bee venom. In practice, the affected area can be washed with soap and warm water and dried with a towel; before administering BVS.

Flower Photography by K MillarBee Venom Products in this form were developed to treat arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, bursitis, joint inflammation, skin diseases, Etc…

Some of the best literature can be found in your local, university and medical libraries. Two of the best references are written by physician named Bodog F. and Joseph Broadman.


A bee’s life is but short. During spring and summer-----the most strenuous periods of foraging ----a worker bee, as a rule , does not live more
than four or five weeks ……Threatened by all kinds of dangers during their
foraging flights, many workers die before they have reached
Even that age.

-- The Dancing Bees


Beck, B. F. [1935] Bee Venom Therapy – Bee Venom,  Its Nature, and Its Effect on Arthritic and Rheumatoid Conditions, D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc. New York

Mihaly Simics is the author of the book Bee Venom: Exploring the Healing Power and two other publications related to bee venom.
Mihaly Simics, Richmond, B.C. Canada

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