By Janet Early
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her adventurous health practices. But in a recent interview, she confessed one that made headlines.
She had herself stung by a bee in the name of wellness.
Paltrow explained this form of bee therapy, stating how “It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring.”
What In The World Is APITHERAPY?
Apitherapy is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries by Eastern doctors, according to The American Apitherapy Society Inc (yes, that organization exists).
“Apitherapy, or ‘bee therapy’… is the medicinal use of products made by honeybees.”
These “products” consists of bee venom, honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and beeswax.
Bee therapy has been used:
- To help with chronic diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cervical cancer
- As a natural alternative to antibiotics
- As an aphrodisiac
- To clear up skin complexion (bee venom facials are a thing!)
- To alleviate general pain
- To heal burns
- To help with a myriad of conditions like gout, shingles, tendonitis, chronic hives and skin lesions
What’s The Treatment Like?
The treatment isn’t anything like whacking a hornet’s nest and then waiting for them to rush out angrily and sting you. It’s actually very procedural.
If you get bee sting therapy, a trained practitioner uses tweezers to pick up a honey bee and place it on your skin. The bee then stings you.
But Does It Work?
Currently, there’s insufficient scientific evidence to validate the effectiveness of this “buzzed about” beauty treatment, although practitioners who use bee therapy to help patients tout its success.
Besides Getting Stung, Are There Any Drawbacks To Bee Therapy?
The biggest argument against bee therapy is that patients could be allergic to bees, as many people are, even if they don’t know it. This runs the risk of severely adverse reactions to the procedure and is something to keep in mind should you ever choose to pursue it.
Would you ever sting yourself with a bee in the name of health? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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