One of the questions we’re asked periodically is why we do not offer honey bee venom.
The fact that we don’t sell bee venom does not necessarily mean that we don’t consider it as potentially beneficial.
Bee venom is produced in the abdomen of worker bees and is a colorless liquid comprised of a blend of different proteins. Many people think of this substance as a kind of toxin or poison, and to susceptible individuals it can have a toxic effect. So why would people use it?
In some instances it is used in a similar way to bee pollen. Many people who suffer the affects of airborne allergies take bee pollen in a controlled way to desensitize there system and build an immunity to local allergens. Likewise, under certain controlled conditions, bee venom can be taken to build an immunity to bee stings.
In the clinical world it is also used as a treatment for rheumatism and joint disease. It provides anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to offer some people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain (neuralgia), multiple sclerosis (MS) some benefits.
Bee Venom Balm is also available and in this form it is less potent but may still offer some benefit. Otherwise, the substance is generally injected under the skin. This form of immunotherapy provides a high percentage of protection from reactions to bee stings and the benefit is generally retained long after the treatments stop. Unlike other substances from the hive, the FDA has approved purified bee venom for medical use.
If you suffer severe negative reaction to bee stings, have arthritis or other types of conditions which may be treatable by this type of therapy, the discuss it as a possible option with your healthcare practitioner.