What is API-Therapy?
Api-therapy (“Apis” is Latin for “bee”) is the use of honeybee products for medicinal purposes. This would include: bee venom, raw honey, royal jelly, pollen, propolis, beeswax, lotions, creams and salves.
Possible Positive Results
Improved well being!
Improved bladder control!
What is a Good Reaction to Bee Sting Therapy?
A positive sign that the immune system is waking up: Redness, swelling, and a lot of itching in the areas where you were stung. This is a localized allergic reaction that is not life threatening. Although you may not enjoy this, it is a positive reaction. If you do not get this reaction it means the immune system is depressed.
Healing Response - Somewhere between the first and fifth bee sting treatment you may notice flu like symptoms: fatigue, nausea, stiffness, tired and achy muscles, perhaps even a fever. This will only last 3-4 days at the most.
Energy- One of the first things that many people report with the bee stings is increased energy. Enjoy it! Your body, mind and spirit have been asleep, this is their wake-up call.
Feeling the Stings- Let's look at the positive side. If the bee stings hurt for the first minute or two, at least you can feel the stings, that means your nerve endings are "asleep". So, even though it is painful to feel the stings, the good news is that you are feeling something.
Feeling Excited About Doing the Bee Stings and About Life in General - Some people notice a natural high and a sense of well being. This is a very positive sign.
What is Important to Know?
Trust your Api-therapist. She has been doing this for many years and knows what to look for during your treatment. The initial treatments start with three stings, depending on the severity of the condition being treated. It is very important not to give the body more than it can handle too quickly or too early.
Remember “slow and steady wins the race.” Be patient and expect a personalized, slow, gradual, progressive and tolerable treatment plan. The need for a minimum amount of bee venom comes with selecting proper administration areas to maximize the benefits of bee venom (appropriate acupuncture, acupressure and trigger points).
Do not do Bee Sting Therapy without adequate Vitamin C. It is highly recommended that you take 2-3000 milligrams of Vitamin C daily. Bee stings stimulate the adrenal glands to make cortisol, but the adrenal glands need Vitamin C to do this.
Keep a personal diary on the course of treatment. This will help you to notice the subtle and continuous improvements, as your treatments progress.
Reactions to Bee Sting Therapy?
One amazing reaction to bee stings is that you might get well; however, you also should know that there are FOUR kinds of reactions:
- Generalized Immediate. Within 1-5 minutes the person has a generalized reaction to the sting. They have a feeling of malaise, severe itching all over the body (even the palms and scalp), or develop a reddening of the skin. If the reaction continues on to difficulty breathing and heart failure, this is called “Anaphylactic Shock.” As practitioners, we have a protocol for this.
- Localized Immediate. The person feels the immediate sensation of the bee sting in the area where he or she was stung. It feels like a spicy burn for approximately 1-2 minutes.
- Generalized Delayed. There is no risk to life with a generalized delayed reaction. This is a systemic reaction that affects the overall body (malaise, nausea, light-headedness, stiffness, itching or hives) and occurs more than an hour after the treatment.
- Localized Delayed. Redness swelling, itching, heat, or blisters close to where you were stung are evident.