Bursitis Apitherapy - Bee Healthy

What is bursitis apitherapy?

'Apis' in latin = 'bee'

So bursitis apitherapy is literally a 'bee therapy' that uses products of the common honeybee for medicinal purposes:

  • bee pollen
  • raw honey
  • royal jelly
  • propolis
  • bee's wax
  • bee venom (produced in the belly of worker bees)
  • apilarnil (super nutritious, medicinal bee larvae before pupation)

Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese used these bee products to heal physical ailments of all kinds. Even the Greek 'Father of Medicine' Hippocrates used bee venom to treat arthritis and other joint issues.

In 1888, Austrian Dr. Phillip Terc published his article "Report about a Peculiar Connection Between the Beestings and Rheumatism", introducing the bee venom therapy (BVT) to the Western world. And then a beekeeper Charles Mraz spent his life making BVT known in the US.

Today, thousands of practitioners use apitherapy throughout the world.

How does bursitis apitherapy work ?

Bee venom therapy is often used for inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis, tendonitis and arthritis.

This is because bee venom is packed with powerful natural bursitis healing substances, enzymes and peptides, including:


  • Stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory steroid cortisol
  • 100 times stronger than (hydro)cortisone in conventional drugs


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain-blocking analgesic

Formic acid

  • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory
  • Warming
  • Helps joint stiffness and weakness
  • Widely used in arthritis treatment
  • Also found in nettle plant

More than 40 other active chemical components have been found in bee products and these act together to:

  • Boost immune system
  • Dissolve scar tissue
  • Suppressed the erosion of joint cartilage

...and much more...

What to expect ?


Before you begin a course of BVT, always:

  • Have an allergy test
  • Consult a trained practitioner for the treatments
  • Consult your physician if you suffer from some serious conditions
  • Avoid apitherapy with heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes
  • Remember that apitherapy is considered to be an experimental approach, FDA only approves use of BVT for de-sensitisation

You do not need to consult anyone to try the other types of bursitis apitherapy honeybee products, which are available over the counter or in the health stores - both for oral and topical use. Such as bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, raw honey food items, powders, capsules, creams, lotions and potions.


Bee venom is administered by:

1. Actual bee sting

Bees are placed, one at a time, directly on your skin with a pair of tweezers and allowed to sting.

Much like acupuncture needles, the bees are typically placed close to the joint, muscle, acupuncture points, or other body part that needs treatment.

The stingers will be removed from your skin shortly after the sting is administered.

2. Water-soluble bee venom formula injection

Studies are lacking in this field, but this might be the less painful and more effective alternative to actual bee sting.

Does it hurt?

Naturally, a bee sting can be a bit painful, but it's nothing to be worried about.

Bee stings are much less painful than wasp stings.

The first sting is always the worst because you're venturing into unknown territory. It definitely gets easier once you do know what to expect.


The initial local redness, stiffness, swelling and soreness are absolutely normal.

The degree of discomfort depends on how you respond to pain.

In any case, it is so much more pleasant compared to all the bursitis pain!

Ice-pack and patience will always quickly do the trick.

How often

For a relatively simple condition, such as tendonitis or bursitis, just two to three sessions with two to ten stings per session should do.

For a complex condition, such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, you may require about three sessions per week for six months or more...or until you become desensitised to the stings at which point the treatment obviously becomes ineffective.

If the symptoms re-occur in the future, the treatment is repeated.

Bee or not to bee

How intriguing that nature provides us with things that can be fatal to us in one situation and beneficial if used in a different way. Natural poisons, toxins and venoms contain chemicals that can heal everything from chronic pain, through bursitis or arthritis to cancer.

For example, scorpion venom is being used in brain cancer treatment and cobra venom for arthritis treatment.

The possibilities are limited only by our lack of knowledge or resistance to alternative medicine options.

So give bursitis apitherapy a try!

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