What is Apitherapy?
Apitherapy is used to describe any form of medicine or healing related to Bee products. In some countries this refers mainly to the use of Bee venom (called Bee Sting Therapy) but in others it encompasses all bee products including propolis, royal jelly, pollen and honey. These products are also sometimes mixed with other ingredients, specifically different essential oils, dependent on the condition being treated. Bee products have been used for their curative powers for centuries and Bee venom therapy was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, and China—three Great Civilizations known for their highly developed medical systems. Hippocrates, the Greek physician known as the “Father of Medicine”, recognized the healing virtues of bee venom for treating arthritis and other joint problems. Today much research has been carried out on the use of certain honeys (Manuka for example) for their strong antimicrobial properties - so strong that they have cured serious antibiotic resistant infection including MRSA. There is also growing scientific evidence that various bee products promote healing by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation, and stimulating a healthy immune response. The therapy has a strong role to play both as a cure and as preventative medicine.
Patient QI’s view on Apitherapy
An apitherapist has usually been trained in other medical skills such as nursing, medicine, naturopathy and others, and then goes on to supplement their skills with Bee therapy training and can they can be good coordinating therapists.
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Rules Regulations and Associations for Apitherapy
Bee therapies are non-regulated practices, and usually bee products fall under the product legislation of medicine, dietary and nutritional supplements and homeopathy.
UK: United Kingdom Apitherapy Society
FRANCE: Association Francophone d'apitherapie & Phytotherapie (AFAP) , Association Francophone d'apitherapie (AFA)
GERMANY: German Apitherapy Society