Bee Venom Therapy Offers Hope for Multiple Sclerosis

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Introduction to Bee Venom Therapy

Bee Venom Therapy is simply the use of bee stings for the treatment of health conditions and is a branch of Apitherapy – the use of any bee products for health purposes.

It is not a new field, it has been practiced throughout history, however, these days there are a number of ways the treatment can be administered and you don’t have to be stung by live bees.

Of late, Bee Venom Therapy products have caused a bit of a buzz (no pun intended!) mostly due to celebrities such as Camilla, Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow using it as an alternative to botox. Aside from that, other uses include the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

Bee Venom for MS – Is it Proven?

In a word no. There have been limited studies to assess whether Bee Venom has a positive effect on those suffering from MS. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from MS sufferers saying that it is beneficial and improves quality of life.

To back up these claims, researchers suggest that bee venom compounds such as melittin and adolapin help reduce inflammation and pain, and that bee venom helps the body to defend itself by releasing natural healing compounds.

In addition, it is interesting to note that a significant number of US physicians are using it to treat MS.

Georgetown University also conducted a preliminary study funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. During the study, 3 of 5 patients improved, however, the numbers were too small for any definitive conclusions to be drawn.

What Symptoms might be relieved?

During the Georgetown study, many of the patients had pain and tingling in their extremities. The patients that improved felt that the bee venom therapy either increased strength or decreased the pain. However, the study did not objectively quantify the improvements.
Is it Dangerous?

Many people use bee venom products and report only positive effects. However there is the possibility of allergic reactions so the utmost care must be taken. If you are wanting to try Bee Venom Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis you must seek medical advice first, whether you are intending to have injections or use an external cream.

Options for Bee Venom Therapy

Traditionally bee venom was administered with live bees by stimulating them to sting in the area which was affected. Now days you can find bee venom in a range of products such as creams, liniments, ointments,salves or injection forms for treating different complaints.

There are also a range of VENZ Bee Venom Honeys that combine pure Bee Venom with New Zealand Manuka Honey.

Key Points – Bee Venom therapy and MS

• bee venom therapy could potentially provide relief for MS sufferers
• there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests it helps
• it is not proven and requires more study
• it can be dangerous due to allergic reactions
• only use under the recommendation and supervision of a healthcare professional

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Have you ever tried bee venom therapy? Let us know your experiences in the comments below, we’d love to hear!


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Oh wow Linda this is amazing. I cannot say the traditional method of stimulating bees to sting sounds very although I guess if it worked it would be worth it. I was stung by a bee for the very first time about 5 years ago and remember it well!

    I also think your warnings are important for people to take notice of. I have a friend who is very allergic to bee stings.

    I look forward to hearing more as further research is done.


    • Sue~
      I have to say I don’t think that a ton of research is going to be done. Call me skeptical but there’s not a lot of money spent on natural remedies, the money and research is in pharmaceuticals! I am very grateful for the pharmaceuticals but it’s a shame we’re steering away from natural healing as a country!

  2. Although Bee Venom Therapy is traditionally used to treat certain medical conditions, there are no solid scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness so it should not be used by a MS sufferer without consulting a medical professional so as to ensure the safety of the patient. However, it is sure a good thing if it can really improve the health condition of a MS sufferer.

    • Thank you Candice! I believe that consulting our health care professional for any use of supplements or medications is crucial, bee venom is no different! Many people have received relief with different therapies – every supplement and pharmaceutical has a testimonial behind it! We need to work with our doctor to decide what we’ll try~ hopefully we’ll obtain a testimonial of our own and find relief!

  3. I hope that our medical professionals will able to successfully create a more effective and safe bee venom treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. I believe that this is possible as I believe that multiple sclerosis can be cured.

  4. Hello I have had ms for 1 1/2 years now and been doing bee venom plus hot tea with pollen and honey for 3 months now. It has helped me function better!!;-)

    • Hey Dan!
      I’m happy to hear that bee venom is helping! I know everyone is different~ we need to keep trying until we find what works for us!

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