Bee Stings used for RA

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SydneyJo
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   Posted 11/11/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone heard of or used bee stings for their RA?
I was watching a show on the Health channel called "The Body Invaders" it was about Arthritis, quite interesting, but did'nt tell me anything I did'nt already know about, other than bee stings.
This one woman had the bee's sting her in the areas that hurt the most (her neck and hip) and said this would last her 2-3 weeks (painfree) - they did'nt really go into the mechanics of how this worked, but the lady swore by it.
Just curious to see if anyone has heard/used this method.
 
Jo
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golitho
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
What???? They stick a bee sting in your joint or an injection of bee sting solution? Sounds sore. But its made me smile, golitho

momto3
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   Posted 11/12/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Ouch!!! I just don't know if I could go through with something like that, not even for joint pain shocked   Bee stings are painful and I'm terrified of bees, wasps etc. If you have it done, let us know if it works.

SydneyJo
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   Posted 11/12/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah  golitho - I didnt explain it very well did I yeah   The lady actually had the beekeeper sting her with a bee that she held with tweezers on her neck then another bee for her hip, so its the actual sting straight from the bee - ouch!
Mom - I dont know about trying this myself -  although its nearly summer here and every year I get stung by a bee when we are around our pool - maybe I should expose my sore areas and hope for the best yeah
Jo
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Bowel Resection Sept. 07


golitho
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   Posted 11/13/2009 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Well if you're volunteering yourself as a guinea pig! Go right ahead and let us know how it goes... just the thought of it makes me laugh, golitho

momto3
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   Posted 11/13/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh an actual bee...well then count me out tongue I will have to give the lady credit for her bravery though yeah Yes, Jo now that it is Summer why don't you try that method and report back to us smilewinkgrin I know we all get desperate for relief, so who am I to say otherwise nono Golitho, I know it is pretty funny and I haven't heard of anyone doing it here in the U.S, in fact I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago, and the host was saying that we need to get back to nature, and ingest worms..I will have to find the information and post it for all of us to read.

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   Posted 11/14/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Jo! That's interesting. I'd like to hear more too, if you ever uncover more details.

Momto3, the worms are a hot topic in Crohn's and UC, so I can see how they'd work for RA. You can learn more by clicking on the "medications" link in my signature.
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momto3
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   Posted Yesterday 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ivy,
 
Yes, the radio show I listened to had some callers calling in and a few had actually tried it and said they had marked improvement with their symptoms.  Have you tried this alternative method of treatment? I'm not really sure if I would do it myself, but I'm curious about it all the same.

SydneyJo
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   Posted Yesterday 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ivy - will let you know if I find out any more info - this show was set in Boston but I cant remember the name of the hospital - have also taped an episode dealing with gut issues - if it is interesting I will let you know about that too.
Jo
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Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone, Humira
Bowel Resection Sept. 07


oldbeek
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   Posted 10/27/2017 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this is an old topic but wanted to make a comment as bee stings saved my life. I had bad RA at 32 yrs old. My uncle told me get bees and get stung. Al the joints in my hands were near solidified. First bee sting and my arm swelled all the way to my arm pit. Fingers were fat clubs. WOW, scared me. Called uncle and he said to put a bee every day on my rump. As I got stung on my hands the swelling got less and less. 2 to 3 every other day. When the bee sting swelling stopped, the RA was gone. I started using them on my spine. 6 to 10 each week. On knees when ever they hurt. I was a semi commercial beekeeper ( 300 hives) for 30years.
Now how to do it. Catching bees. Bees always fly when disturbed towards the sun. Use a pint canning jar and put it it over a bee on a plant or at water. It will fly up into the jar. put the lid on.
Now what? Bees go numb at 42 Degree F. Put bees in refrigerator and watch them close. When they fall over, pull them out and put them on a counter. pick them up by their wings and the warmth of your fingers will bring them back into action. Now you have an injector with stinger looking for a place to sting.
Now what?? Use an ice cube to numb the place the sting is going to be put. Have a helper do this while you are in the process of thawing the bee. Gently place the stinger with bee onto your skin. The bee sting will hurt. Remove stinger after 20 seconds.
I am now 76 and several of my family died in their 50s from RA. I have a hive with a small hole and lid in the top. I remove the lid ,stir the bees a little and set my pint jar on top. I get about 10 bees at a time into the jar. I seldom use stings unless I have a flare up.
Get an epipen or do it the first time at the front door of a hospital ER. Bee stings hurt but RA will kill you

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 10/28/2017 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
thx for this info oldbeek. glad it has helped.

Indu
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   Posted 10/31/2017 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Oldbeek, thank you for sharing this...I did not know about it.

I'm so scared of bees, and becoming more scared of RA :-(

Indu

oldbeek
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   Posted 10/31/2017 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I was a heavy equipment mechanic and my hands were so painful ,I could barely work. I could not bear to hold a transmission shift knob at 32. Bee stings solved all of that. At 75 I can operate my antique Caterpillar with manual controls that in the old days were called knuckle busters.

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   Posted 10/31/2017 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'll stick with the Enbril and cortisone shots for occasional flare. I've done acupuncture, with little success, too, but bee stings? I'm just too skeptical to put myself through that!
Beth

oldbeek
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   Posted 10/31/2017 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
A doctor in conn. Charles Mraz did a study on use of cortizone. !500 cases, and 2 bee stings created the same relief without the side effects. See ; American Apiatherapy society In LA area they are having a conference Nov 11 - 12 2017 in Redondo Beach

Post Edited (oldbeek) : 11/1/2017 12:55:32 AM (GMT-6)

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