Apitherapy is a process of acupuncture where the person has a bee placed on their body.
The practitioner the pinches the bee’s head until the sting emerges.
The process kills the bee.
It is claimed to be a process that can alleviate pain and treat various diseases. The technique is popular in China and Korea.
Although the proof of how effective it is is often doubted, those that use it claim its benefits can cure ‘dozens of diseases, from arthritis to cancer.’ That claim was repeated in March 2018 by a bee acupuncturist, Wang Menglin.
Conversely those who oppose it include scientists from a Spanish Hospital, Paula Vazquez-Revuelta and Ricardo Burgaleta, who have stated that ‘Although some benefits of apitherapy have been reported, published evidence of its effectiveness and safety is limited.’
Further a scientific journal, PLOS One, goes further and specifically states that adverse effects were common that ranged from ‘trivial skin reactions that usually resolve over several days to life-threatening severe immunological responses such as anaphylaxis.’
An extreme response in 2011 resulted in a 65-year old Korean lady dying after the treatment.
Besides the bees it recently came to the fore because a 55-year-old Spanish lady was subject to the treatment. She had the apitherapy acupuncture once a month for two years to treat her tight muscles and stress.
During one session she began to wheeze and develop dyspnea immediately after receiving the live be sting. Then she lost consciousness and died.
See: Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology: 21/3/18: The i]