Can bee-venom therapy really serve as an effective lyme disease treatment, or anti-inflammatory, or multiple sclerosis therapy? As with many alternative medicines, the answers to these questions are not so black and white.
First, Get Diagnosed
One episode of our series Desperate For A Miracle explored a somewhat controversial lyme disease treatment that involves stinging yourself with bees. The episode featured a story about Reyah Carlson, who suffered from mysterious rashes, as well as back and neck pain for years before being misdiagnosed with MS. As her symptoms continued, she later found out she had lyme disease.
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Treating lyme disease within a month or so of contracting it usually means it can be easily treated with antibiotics, but when it grows into “advanced lyme disease,” things become more complicated. After getting on antibiotics, Carlson suffered through two years of chronic pain, vision loss, slurred speech, and general agony. Unfortunately, her experience is the exact reason why a quick diagnosis is crucial for effective lyme disease treatment.
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Bring In The Bees
Bee-sting therapy is a treatment where bee venom is given as a shot to treat rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain, multiple sclerosis, and bee allergies. Having researched the treatment and spent extensive time with bees herself, Carlson sought out bee-sting therapy experts to help her deal with her symptoms.
Over time, the bee-sting therapy helped Carlson’s chronic pain and other symptoms ease on a day-to-day basis. This helped her give the antibiotics she was already on time to work on her body. She ultimately reversed all of her lyme disease symptoms!
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Before You Go Stinging Yourself
Bee stings are no joke, and they can lead to a number of allergic reactions with side effects as extreme as death. Before you seek this out as a lyme disease treatment, discuss it with your physician and do some research. Despite accounts in our episode of Desperate For A Miracle, WebMD lists bee venom as “possibly ineffective” for arthritis and MS, and says nothing on lyme disease treatment.
Wait, So Does It Work, Or Not?
According to the show, over 65,000 Americans use bee-sting therapy, and the practice’s forefather Charles Mraz documented thousands of cases proving its medicinal benefits. At the same time, it’s never been proven as a steadfast solution to arthritis, MS, or lyme disease.
At the end of her journey, Carlson told us, “I don’t think that with just antibiotic therapy, that I would have made the progress I made. I also don’t think that doing bee stings alone would have gotten me where I am today.” This understanding brings home the only certain point we can make with alternative medicine—you have to find out for yourself, responsibly. Sometimes these less-tested or mainstream methods might fill a void, or work as a complement, or not work at all.