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Bees – Lectures by Rudolf Steiner - Bee venom cure or killer?



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Steiner was unable to answer the question and we still are unable to answer the question.  The africanised honey bees appear to be killers.  I could find no papers on Pubmed from anyone who had had anything but near death or death experiences from their stings.  But many of the more docile bees appear to have healing capabilities.  But no one knows why.

It may be something to do with their effect on the pathogens causing the problem in the first place.  The venom may kill the pathogen but not its unfortunate host - us!  In which case we have a very interesting new medicine on our hands.

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Bees – Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

December 12th 1923

Questioner: Years ago I once heard that a person's rheumatism abates when he or she is stung by a bee or wasp.



I accidentally disturbed a beehive in my yard and was stung extensively. It was a frightening experience, but it amazingly seems to have cured my arthritis. Is there any medical basis for this?  [No authors listed]  Mayo Clin Health Lett. 2009 Feb;27(2):8.  PMID:  19367776


Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2000 Jul-Aug;33(4):403-5.  [Human accidents with stings from Africanized bees].  [Article in Portuguese]  de Oliveira FA1, Guimarães JV, dos Reis MA, Teixeira Vde P.  1Disciplina de Patologia Geral da Faculdade de Medicina do Triângulo Mineiro (FMTM), Uberaba, MG.

We report five cases of stings of africanized bees (AB). Four of them were victims of multiple stings, varying from 25 to 60, that presented severe headache, nauseas and vomits, related to the clinic effect of the toxicity of the venom, with good evolution. The other case was victim of a single sting of AB and died after probable anaphylaxis.  PMID:  10936956


Toxins (Basel). 2015 Nov 16;7(11):4758-72. doi: 10.3390/toxins7114758.  The protective effect of bee venom on fibrosis causing inflammatory diseases.  Lee WR1, Pak SC2, Park KK3.

1Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, 3056-6, Daemyung-4-Dong, Nam-gu, Daegu 705-718, Korea. woolamee@cu.ac.kr.

2School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia. spak@csu.edu.au.

3Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, 3056-6, Daemyung-4-Dong, Nam-gu, Daegu 705-718, Korea. kkpark@cu.ac.kr.

Bee venom therapy is a treatment modality that may be thousands of years old and involves the application of live bee stings to the patient's skin or, in more recent years, the injection of bee venom into the skin with a hypodermic needle. Studies have proven the effectiveness of bee venom in treating pathological conditions such as arthritis, pain and cancerous tumors. However, there has not been sufficient review to fully elucidate the cellular mechanisms of the anti-inflammatory effects of bee venom and its components. In this respect, the present study reviews current understanding of the mechanisms of the anti-inflammatory properties of bee venom and its components in the treatment of liver fibrosis, atherosclerosis and skin disease.

KEYWORDS:   atherosclerosis; bee venom; inflammation; liver fibrosis; skin disease  PMID: 26580653


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Steiner, Rudolf

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