Apitherapy (Bee Venom Therapy)

Literature Review
  • Christopher M.-H. Kim


Apitherapy is the medicinal use of various products of Apis mellifera (the common honeybee) including raw honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly and venom. Various studies attribute antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative and anticancer potentiating properties to honey.(1)

In China, for example, raw honey is applied to burns as an antiseptic and a pain killer.(2–3) Recently, propolis has been identified as containing substances called caffeic esters that inhibit the development of precancerous changes in the colon of rats given a known carcinogen.(4) Preparations from pieces of honeycomb containing pollen are reported to be successful for treating allergies and bee pollen is touted as an excellent food. This review focuses on related research materials about bee venom to treat chronic inflammatory painful illness.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Adjuvant Arthritis Royal Jelly Inflammatory Illness 
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  • Christopher M.-H. Kim
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  1. 1.International Pain Institute, Inc.Red BankUSA

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