Apitherapy has been known for thousands of years. The credit goes to the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, who first mentioned Apitherapy as an arthritis remedy. Apitherapy is the use of products derived from bees as medicine, including venom, honey, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly.
You will be glad to know that an ancient therapy can give your animal new life. This ancient therapy, which was initially used for joint pains in humans, is now being used for animal treatments with highly effective results. Apitherapists believe that bee venom is a savior for the joint problems and arthritis that commonly plague animals. Apitherapy has proven to be an effective supplement for older animals with impaired mobility.
During a session, animals are stung by bees with bee venom to increase mobility and energy without any significant side effects.
When the "nurse" bee stings, leaving its venom behind in the animal, a natural production of cortisol is released from the animal's adrenal glands. This is referenced as an adaptogen, like ginseng, which reduces inflammation while assisting blood flow throughout the body.
Important elements in bee venom increase blood flow to affected joints, carrying away wastes and supplying nutrients, as well as inhibiting the production of prostaglandins which increase joint inflammation. There are no side effects to this treatment, and these levels remain high even after the animal stopped receiving bee venom treatment.
Successful Apitherapy treatments reflect the utter importance of the honey bee. Humans and animals benefit not only from honey, but also from bee venom, propolis, pollen and royal jelly. Melittin, apamin and peptide 401 are active components in the venom with proven anti-inflammatory actions that are an effective supplement for older animals with impaired mobility.
If you desire bee therapy for your animal, a small amount of fur/hair will be cut from the hind end in order to access the skin. The sting is left in for a few minutes to test for a sting allergy. If no allergy is detected, another sting is given along the spine.
It is found that using the connective tissue along the spine is not as reactive as soft or muscle tissue , the same for humans. In bee venom therapy, some reaction is necessary, as the reaction represents the healing response. We administer some pain in order to relieve pain. Many animals hardly feel the sting! Your animal may need more then one or two stings for the treatment to be effective.