What is bee venom
WHAT IS BEE VENOM
Bee venom, or apitoxin, is a thick, colourless liquid of a distinctive scent, similar to the scent of honey, and of a bitter-hot taste. It is produced by working bees’ special glands. This is actually the secretion of the bees’ stinger which serves for protection against enemies.
How to use bee venom?
Bee venom may enter the human organism through bee stings, injections or inhalation (of water mixed with bee venom).
What does the bee venom contain?
Bee venom contains dry matter, water, n-amyl, isoamyl and ethyl acetate. It is in fact a mixture of several ingredients of organic and non-organic matter. The venom contains microelements such as iron, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium etc. Albumen and peptides constitute around 80 percent of venom’s dry matter, which contain the most active biochemical and pharmacological ingredients.
Therapeutic qualities of bee venom
In comparison with other animal venom, bee venom is quite similar to snake venom, the only difference being the amount of venom, which is lower in bees. Bee venom is used to treat rheumatism, alleviate pain, lower blood pressure and levels of cholesterol. The impact of bee venom on humans depends on the number of stings, the affected area, as well as the sensitivity to bee venom by a given organism.
Bee venom may be used in human treatment only by doctor’s orders and in his presence. In case you are stung, especially on the head, you should seek medical attention, but until then: squeeze out as much venom as you can and put a cold compress on the affected area.