Is Bee Venom Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Helping or Hurting Patients?

Bees on honeycombs.

If you or someone you know is living with multiple sclerosis (MS), you are already aware of the daily challenges this disease can present. But, what if you knew that a simple bee sting could change all of that? Would you do it? Bee venom therapy for MS is real and here’s why:

What is bee venom therapy?

If you’ve ever been stung by a bee, you’ve already experienced, firsthand, the basics of bee-venom therapy (also called apitherapy). The only technical difference between the sting you got and the therapeutic kind is that yours was probably accidental.

People who use bee venom for medicinal purposes don’t wait around for random insect attacks. Using long tweezers, they pick up live honey bees (which they’ve usually raised themselves), put the insects next to their skin, and let them do what comes naturally. People undergoing apitherapy may get stung up to 80 times a day in search of relief from their ailments.

Why would anyone subject themself to such pain? Well, bee stings are thought to help