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… bee venom has a powerful anti-inflammatory power being applied in the treatment of 500 more diseases, according to the newspaper El Mundo. According to research by a Spanish researcher, apitoxin is 100 times more effective than cortisone, and is beneficial as a therapy for bone and respiratory system problems.
Bee venom is a clear liquid, with a sharp honey odor and bitter, acrid taste; its density is 1.1313. A drop placed on blue litmus paper turns it immediately red indicating an acid reaction. Chemical analysis showed that bee venom contained formic acid, hydrochloric acid, orthophosphoric acid, histamine, choline, tryptophan, sulfur, etc. It is assumed that its medical properties essentially owe to the magnesium phosphate Mg 3 (PO) 4) ² whose rate represents 0.4% of the weight of the dry venom. In its ashes were evidences of copper and calcium. It is also very rich in nitrogenous substances, in volatile fats, which disappear during its desiccation, and contains many diastases: phospholipase, hyaluronidase, etc.
According to some authors, it is precisely the presence of these volatile fats that would be the cause of the acute pain sensation at the site of the bite.
Its chemical composition has not yet been fully studied and its synthesis has not yet been achieved.
According to Professor G. F. Gause, bee venom would be the most active antibiotic substance known. “To the third category of antibiotic substances, he writes, nitrogen and sulfur compounds, that is, primarily bee and snake venoms, belong … A bacteriocidal substance, glyoxal, secreted by molds of the genus Pliocladium, has an analogous chemical composition. 1/100 000 mg in 1 ml culture broth inhibited the development of certain gram-positive microbes. Gliotoxin, bee and snake venoms are among the most active known antibiotic substances. ”
Soviet biologists P. Komarov and A. Ernstein, A. Balandin, I. Koop and others showed that an even aqueous solution of bee venom of 1:50,000 was strictly sterile, while solutions of 1: 500,000 and 1 : 600 000 stimulated the development of paramécias (unicellular organisms). I. Koop rightly notes that bee venom should be studied on the same plane as antibiotics of cryptogamic or bacterial origin.
During the last few years, treatment by APITHERAPY has developed greatly in the Soviet Union and in other countries.
In Czechoslovakia, “virapina” is used in Germany, the “apizartron”. However, according to the clinical investigations carried out in Romania (Alexandre Parteniu), in China (Fan Tché-You), in U.R.S.S. (Ioirich et al.) And in the United States (Beck Broadman, etc.), is still by poison introduced by Bee’s syringe in the form of a subcutaneous sting which would give better results
With the help of special tweezers the bee of the region to be minced is approached, which must be previously cleaned with tepid water and soap (no alcohol is advised). A new prick should not be done in the same place until after five days. After four days of swelling, pain and other reactions have passed and the patient well supported the treatment, apitherapy may continue. The areas to be sting are those where the subcutaneous injections are usually given (external parts of the shoulders and the hips). The venom reservoir empties very slowly under the action of the contractile ganglia. It takes several hours. The poison is quickly absorbed by the surrounding tissues and passes into the blood. Consequently, the stinger should not be extracted unless all the venom has left the reservoir. The end of contraction movements is also visible to the naked eye.
On the first day the patient will be bitten by a single bee, the next day by two, the third by three and so on until the tenth day. After this first part of the treatment. If the patient received 55 bites, it will be necessary to allow him to rest for 3 to 4 days, returning the treatment by applying three bees per day. In the course of this second part of the treatment (duration of 45 days) the patient must have received the venom of about 140 to 150 bees, that is, a total, for the whole period (in both series), of 180 to 200 bites. If, after this time, no cure or improvement is achieved the treatment should be prolonged.
About 20 years ago we proposed and published a method of APITHERAPY that is extremely harmless to the patient and very practical for use in hospitals, clinics, sanitariums, and at home. This method consists of not repeating either the bee stings or the injection of APITOXIN, if not every 5 days. Indeed, in cases where the poison has caused edema, or a slight painful spot, all of this will have completely disappeared by the end of the fourth day and the patient will be perfectly well enough to be able to resume treatment.
Experience has shown that it was possible to halve the duration of treatment by keeping the same number of bites, ie around 200.
On the first day the patient will receive 2 bee stings, the second 4 stings, the third 6 stings, the fourth 8 stings. After the fifth to the twenty-fourth day will be chopped daily by 9 bees. If the patient withstood these high doses of venom, then reduced to 5 bites per day. Consequently, in 24 days the patient will have received a total of 125 bites, and the rest (75 bites) can be administered after a short pause.
Note that as a general rule, in people where APITHERAPY is not contraindicated, bee stings do not cause swelling or pain and can withstand 20 to 30 simultaneous and sometimes even more bites without any danger. On the contrary, after cure or clear improvement followed a treatment with poison, it happens that the same person becomes very sensitive to the poison and, after having been bitten accidentally by one or two bees, reacts in the usual way (local appearance of edema, inflammation, pain, etc.).