Bee Products Used to Treat Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Apitherapy News  April 14, 2017      Honey bee products used as medicine Guardian, 4/13/2017

Bee products such as honey, venom have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years for treating wounds, ulcers, inflammation, infections, pain, allergies and cancer.

Bee venom therapy, the therapeutic application of bee venom have been used in traditional medicine to treat diseases, such as arthritis, rheumatism, pain, cancerous tumors and kin diseases. Bee venom contains a variety of peptides including melittin, apamin, adolapin, the mast – cell-degranulating peptide, enzymes (phospolipase A2), biologically active amines (that is histamine and epinephrine) and nonpeptide components with a variety of pharmaceutical properties.

Cancer treatment

Bee venom has been widely used in the treatment of tumours. Several cancer cells, including renal, lung, liver, prostate, mammary gland as well as leukemia cells can be targets of bee venom peptides such as melittin and phospholipase A2.

In recent study scientists reported that bee venom can induce apoptosis in cancer cells (in human leukemic U937cells) the key regulators in bee venom induced apoptosis are Bcl-2 and caspase-3 through down regulation of the ERK and Akt signal pathway. Melittin, a water-soluble toxic peptide derived from bee venom of Apis mellifera was reported to have inhibitory effects on hepatocellular carcinoma. Melittin inhibits tumor cell metastasis by reducing motility and migration via the suppression of Rac-1 dependent pathway, suggesting that melittin is a potent therapeutic agent for hepatocellular carcinoma. Melittin prevents liver cancer cells metastasis through inhibition of the Rac-1-dependent pathway.

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis

Bee venom induces apoptosis in rheumatoid synovial cells through a decrease in BCL2 expression and an increase in BAX and caspase-3 expression. Bee venom induces apoptosis through caspase-3 activation in synovial fibroblasts of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

http://apitherapy.blogspot.com/2017/04/bee-products-used-to-treat-cancer.html

Also see: https://guardian.ng/features/insects-employed-to-treat-cancer-hiv/

The American Apitherapy Society

The American Apitherapy Society offers and shares information to educate those of you who seek an alternative form of health care referred to as Apitherapy.  Apitherapy encompasses the use of bee hive products including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.  Apitherapy is used to treat many illnesses and to alleviate pain from injuries both chronic and acute.  We are an organization reaching beyond traditional Western medicine helping others to help themselves in attaining better health through a holistic approach in harmony with the bee hive, a true gift of nature.

http://www.apitherapy.org/

http://www.apitherapy.org/2750/save-the-date-for-the-2016-charles-mraz-apitherapy-course-and-conference-cmacc/

Bee Venom Therapy - The Charlie Mraz Story

For those interested in the history of Apitherapy and the American Apitherapy Society, Inc., you might want to check out this video, "Physician Heal Thyself" - The Charlie Mraz Story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljcyn0ko7Aw 
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American Apitherapy Society Newsletter: October 2014

Apitherapy is the medicinal use of honeybee products. This includes honey, propolis, royal jelly, pollen, and bee venom. Founded in 1989,the AAS is a community of people interested in this natural, holistic practice.

 
The American Apitherapy Society Newsletter for October 2014 is now available. Subscribe and read at: http://www.apitherapy.org/about-aas/newsletter

Bee Venom's Healing Buzz

The New Age    By Tankiso Komane    May 6, 2014

Indicative of the rise in the number of people looking to the past for alternative healing methods, there’s been mounting interest across the world in apitherapy.

Traced back to thousands of years to Egypt and China, bee venom has been used in ancient medicine for centuries primarily as a treatment for arthritis.

Now celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham are helping propel the trend into the 21st century.

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow, known for her love of unusual and holistic treatments, recently revealed she used bee venom therapy to treat an insect bite.

In China, throngs of patients are also reportedly swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off a variety of illnesses, disorders and pain, even though there is there is no scientific evidence to support its effectiveness.

But what’s the buzz all about?

Melittin, the peptide found in the venom, tricks the skin into thinking it has been stung – but without any pain. The skin reacts by increasing blood circulation to the affected area, stimulating natural production of collagen and elastin, thus smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

In 2013, Washington University, in the US city of St Louis, published a study on the efficacy of milittine in countering the Aids virus.

In France, thousands of patients have benefited from bandages treated with honey at the abdominal surgery department of Limoges hospital.

Bee products are also infiltrating the cosmetics industry, used in skin-toning and anti-wrinkle creams. Part of the appeal rests with the natural and organic image of bee products.

“In Romania, we have the chance to maintain an unspoiled nature,” said Cornelia Dostetan, a member of the National Apitherapy Society.

Under communism, poverty meant that pesticides were rarely used and the country has never shifted to large-scale monoculture forms of agriculture. The result is that Romania retains a great diversity of flora, said Dostetan.

Certified organic, the Romanian brand Apiland, a specialist in raw pollen, has launched its products in France and Italy.

According to the last census in 2010, Romania counted 42000 beekeepers and more than 1.3 million colonies of bees.

Postolachi says she looks on the bees with gratitude. “These miniscule beings do wonders.”
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