Apitherapy, you say, what is that?

Pollinator week was a couple weeks ago, June 16-22, 2014 to be precise!

Besides being a doctor and cultivating health and wellness, I am a farmer and gardener.  I really enjoy life in all its manifestations and what a wonderful way to watch that process emerge from the soil.  Very important players in the cycle of life are the pollinators.  Pollinators disperse male parts of a flower to meet up with the female parts.  Once this is accomplished, the said flower has been fertilized and is able to produce healthy fruit and fertile seeds.  As you can imagine the pollinators have a very important job in the environment!  Pollinators include: birds, bats, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, flies, moths and bees.

In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of pollinators and their declining numbers post-Pollinator Week, I’d like to bring to your attention to apitherapy.  Apitherapy is the therapeutic use of beehive products, which includes honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.  Recently, I was reminded by one of my cycling friends, who utilizes apitherapy, that the use of bee venom can be particular helpful in eliminating arthritic joint pains.  According to the American Apitherapy Society Inc. (www.apitherapy.org), currently, the most popular and well-known uses of honeybee venom in the U.S. are for people suffering from MS and many forms of arthritis.  In the U.S., Apitherapy is considered, from both the legal and medical viewpoint, an experimental approach.  The FDA has approved bee venom for de-sensitization purposes only.  Have you or someone you know used apitherapy?  Please share your experience!  I am curious.  WARNING: if you decide to try this therapy and it is the first time in doing so I suggest that you do so in the presence of a Doctor because you may have an allergic reaction to the bee venom.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vingelen today, call (425) 268-8057!