During our last week of the tri, Dr. Yurasek was talking about
bee venom therapy. I know he uses it in his practice and at a
hospital where he also works, and he has had success with it. I
later went and sat in on his class to watch his presentation.
Apitherapy, as it is called, is the medicinal use of products made
from honeybees. The main product of discussion was the bee
venom. Bee venom therapy has been practiced in China, Ancient
Greece and Egypt. But growing scientific evidence suggests
that various bee products promote healing by improving circulation,
decreasing inflammation and stimulating a healthy immune response.
Amber Rose, PhD, AP, LAc, LCSW, is a licensed acupuncturist who
has written a book, Bee in Balance, and provided bee venom therapy
free to patients in need. Charles Mraz has made the therapy
more popular by the publishing of his book, Introduction to Bee
Venom Therapy. Mraz learned apitherapy from Bodog Beck who brought
apitherapy to the United States from Hungary. Beck studied under
Austrian physician Phillip Terc, who published the "Report about a
Peculiar Connection between the Bee Stings and Rheumatism." Mraz
cured his arthritic knees with bee venom therapy at the age of 15.
He later bred the honeybees and treated patients in New York. Dr.
Yurasek was able to converse with Mraz at the age of 93, and he
told Dr. Yurasek how apitherapy works.
Bee Sting? Bee Venom is administered by trained therapists
(American Apitherapy Society) in the form of a direct sting by the
bee. The venom is injected into the skin. Acupuncturists use the
bee to sting certain acupuncture points, which will aid in the
recovery of the patient. The venom bladder pumps for about 5
minutes. There is a specific protocol to follow when initiating
treatment and the therapist is always prepared if an allergic
reaction takes place.
Dr. Yurasek has treated approximately 30 people and has had
success especially with a boxer who was only able to move his
joystick on the wheelchair he was in. After about 6 treatments, the
gentleman was able to comb his hair and dress himself. Eventually
he was able to stand. Every individual is different and will have
different results. However, studies suggest that BVT may improve
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, bursitis,
tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue
I am very excited about this therapy and want to learn
more. Dr. Yurasek is trying to get approved to lead his own
study at our school with the Department of Research. To learn more,
you can visit the American
I am on break right now and trying to read the books I haven't
gotten to yet. Sounds nerdy but I am always looking for new ways to
improve my needling style. But, I also made time for some fun at my
girlfriend's wedding and celebrating my one-year wedding
See you all next trimester!