Did you know that bees have much more to offer besides honey, propolis and pollen? Bee venom, for example, which many rightly fear, especially those who are allergic to it, can solve various health problems. Bees produce venom in special glands located at the bottom of the stomach, which is an integral part of the sting aparatus. 3 days old bees start with the production of poison and it reaches maximum when they are 2-3 weeks old. The greatest amount of poison bees can produce in the spring and summer. One bee can produce 0.15 mg of venom (dry matter, not liquid). Bee venom potions are made in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Far East and North and South America.
The bee venom composition
Freshly secreted toxin is found in form of a substance similar to syrup – bitter taste yellowish liquid. This venom is a very complex mixture and consists of a protein (large protein molecules) and peptide (small molecule protein).
Bee venom or some of its components are used in apitherapy in allergology and experimental biology. It is interesting to be under apitherapy in the USA since it includes the treatment with bee venom. This venom is applied in the form of an injection or cream. It is necessary to note that this type of treatment must be carried out solely under the supervision of a doctor. Prior to the treatment patient must be checked for allergies.
Stronger than cortisone preparations
Bee venom is used primarily in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. This product strongly affects the circulation. The special ingredient of poison, so-called MSD peptide, is classified in the group of histamine, which has anti-inflammatory effect and is stronger than cortisone drugs (which are known to have very negative side effects).
In addition to these most common applications, bee venom is used for treating diseases of the peripheral nervous system, atherosclerotic damage, bronchial asthma, migraine and diseases which are accompanied by high blood pressure.
Dr. Peter Molcin is New Zealand honey researcher. He discovered that, among other things, honey contains large amounts of inhibin – matter that stops the growth of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which is considered responsible for the occurrence of ulcers.
Useful advices for people allergic to bee bites
– Avoid scented body care products
– Do not try to drive away the bees, because insects will be more frightened and will certainly attack
– Sweat attracts bees
– Dig out the stinger with a fingernail. Do not try to remove it with your fingers or tweezers as this will only press one part of the sting glands and will inject more poison into the body.