Bee Venom Therapy is one of the alternative treatments now being used for multiple sclerosis. It belongs to an alternative therapy method known as apitherapy, which refers to treatments associated with using not only bee venom and bee stings but also other bee products such as bee pollen, propolis and royal jelly. But in cases of multiple sclerosis, bee venom therapy has been known to offer some possible promise.
Apitherapy is not considered to be a recent form of treatment. Ancient Egyptians have been known to use bee byproducts to treat arthritis and a host of other health conditions. This might provide some insight on how such treatments may hold some promise into treating other diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
In bee venom therapy, stings of live bees are used to inject venom into a patient with multiple sclerosis in order to relieve pain, muscle weakness and improve body coordination. Some compounds found in bee venom seem to help relieve the pain and inflammation caused by MS and a host of other similar diseases.
Researchers believe that compounds found in bee venom such as melittin and adolapin, induce the body to release natural healing compounds to help reduce the pain and inflammation. Because of this along with claims from other MS patients that bee venom therapy works, interest in this alternative therapy has steadily grown. It is being offered as an alternative approach to treating MS aside from the usual methods of using drugs such as interferon and corticosteroids.
Although a number of MS patients are already utilizing bee venom therapy to relive the symptoms associated with the disease, medical experts still warn of possible allergic reactions since this type of therapy has not yet gone through any conclusive study as to its effectiveness.