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Arthritis pain bee gone: Bee venom as a treatment for arthritis

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  1. Introduction
  2. Venom from honeybees (Apis mellifera)
  3. Studies on the therapeutic effects of bee venom on arthritis
  4. Conclusion

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints that often causes intense pain, restricted movement, and disfigurement. It is one of the world's leading debilitating conditions that can affect both men and women, young and old. It affects millions of people worldwide, and its diagnosis and treatment accounts for millions of dollars in costs to the health care system.

[...] Arthritis pain bee gone: Bee venom as a treatment for arthritis Arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints that often causes intense pain, restricted movement, and disfigurement. It is one of the world's leading debilitating conditions that can affect both men and women, young and old. It affects millions of people worldwide, and its diagnosis and treatment accounts for millions of dollars in costs to the health care system. Presently, there are no cures for arthritis; however, there are many treatments to alleviate the symptoms, such as exercise, massage, heat, and anti-inflammatory drugs (Wilkinson, 1995; Kwon et al., 2001). [...]


[...] There is no authoritative body in the United States that has officially recognized using bee venom as a treatment modality (American Apitherapy Society, 2007). If Western medicine is going to embrace the use of bee venom for arthritic therapy, then more scientific research needs to be conducted with human models, using controlled studies of large sample size (Wilkinson, 1995; Lee et al., 2005). Perhaps when this research produces positive results, the skeptics will realize that bee venom therapy is safe and effective, and as long as the patient is not allergic to the venom, it has no serious side effects, unlike more traditional treatments. [...]

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