What is Apitherapy?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Bee Pollen Royal Jelly Bee Propolis Show all

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Apitherapy is the medical use of honey bee products. This can include the use of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 20 8
Multiple Sclerosis 8 10
Fatigue 7 5
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 4 1
Support immune health 3 1
Inflammation 2 2

Show all 29 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 7
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Apitherapy

Side effect Patients
Application site itching 1
Chemical/Venom Allergy 1
Chest pain 1
Neck pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Apitherapy

Dosage Patients
daily 3
1,000 mg daily 1
550 mg three times daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Apitherapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 4
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 25 patients who’ve stopped taking Apitherapy

Duration

Currently taking Apitherapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Apitherapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 8
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 8
< $25 16
Not specified 6
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4 patient evaluations for Apitherapy

18 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Wayne Lampe's full Apitherapy history

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Dec 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Antioxitant to nervous system)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
asdf1179
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asdf1179
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: none
I have:
MS

See asdf1179's full Apitherapy history

Jan 3, 2011 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have only temporarily discontinued to see the full-effects of combining only (i) the Paleo-diet; and (ii) Copaxone.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 17, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: My last shipment of bees died prematuraly. Within the 6th day of not stinging, the inflammation I experience from MS became very intense. I managed to desperately find another local beekeeper who was kind enough to give me 10 bees. I stung myself and immediately felt better, the inflammation was gone.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 15, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: I purposely wanted to see the effects of stopping my bee venom sessions. By the ninth day the desire to sting again was strong, and after doing so it made me feel better. This experiment has assured me to continue.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 17, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: I now average around 10 stings, twice a week. I typically sting myself on the days when my symptoms act up. I am at the point now there is no more burden for each session.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 23, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am now up to 2 bee sting sessions a week, 10 stings per session. The bee stings are more tolerable and the on-site reactions now mild. I typically don't feel any better the following day after the bee sting session. However, the following 2-3 days after I do feel pretty good. I will continue increasing the number of stings.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 2, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 other Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 14, 2010 (Started Jan 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am new to apitherapy (i.e., bee stinging). My initial day-long flu-like reaction stopped after three weeks. My on-site reactions has slowly been going away and are more tolerable. Most of my daily inflammation and right leg drop has also gone away. Of all medication/herbal remedies, bee venom has provided the most drastic positive results for me. I don't at all advise starting this treatment without first determining whether you are allergic to bee venom.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
fki2001
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fki2001
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See fki2001's full Apitherapy history

Jan 1, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 tps. Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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