Is Bee Venom A Possible Treatment For Psoriasis?
We are constantly inundated with natural remedies and alternative treatments to help our psoriasis symptoms. Trust me, I've been hearing this a lot in my over 30 years with the condition.
Exploring the natural remedies of psoriasis
I remember when my children were still young. They were obsessed with a TV show about wildlife conservationists catching snakes and snake venom. It was a very interesting show. The purpose of their expedition was to eventually create anti-venom.
I thought about this for a while. What if we could collect liquid from our own bodies to formulate some sort of anti-psoriasis cure? Many psoriasis warriors have at one point or another explored natural remedies. Why should this be different? One natural remedy I like to explore is bee venom.
What are the benefits of bee venom?
Most of us have grown up our whole lives being fearful of lethal creatures. We don't want to see an assassin bug, deathstalker scorpion, or poisonous web spider. Though their venoms have also been found to carry proven abilities to heal, some of these bugs carry a venom that includes peptide. A short chain of a few amino acids that allow the poison to target specific areas of the victim’s body.
In a similar way, doctors have long practiced administering certain types of venom for better-targeted treatments. Thereby reducing any adverse side effects to the patient. This is specific to psoriasis and other chronic diseases. The venom of bees is particularly potent in delivering anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic. This is the death of cell which affects the skin.
Research on bee venom and skin conditions
Several academic journals such as the "National Center for Biotechnology Information" have shared clinical trials on patients. They have tested on different forms of psoriasis including guttate and localized plaque psoriasis. Results were a startling 90% reduction in psoriasis levels.
These highly encouraging findings do not come without pain. For now, bee venom is administered through:
- Injection of purified bee venom
- Injection into specific acupressure points (in traditional Chinese medicine)
- A direct piercing from a sting
The bee family can be classified into two groups. One is the honeybees, bumblebees, wasps, and hornets. Venom from both groups is also different. They feature different allergens demonstrating the unsuitability of venom from wasps and hornets to be used in treating psoriasis. Their venom is more potent, often causing an allergic reaction in many more people.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
Like most immunotherapy treatments, the duration should be limited to no more than two or three years. A single injection is administered each week for patients over the course of three months. Dosing gradually increasing in dosage. Finally, individuals will receive a booster shot each month for three years.
No adverse side effects have been recorded to date. People complain of pain and slight swelling at the injection site. I’m not sure this is something I would try. Show me more research on this. Will I be tested for allergies and is this done in a doctor’s office? The one thing that kept coming up was how painful this was. Do we really want to endure more pain?
As always, seek a doctor if this is something you are thinking about. Have you heard of any other foreign alternative treatments? Have you tried any far fetched remedies? Are you willing to try this?
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