To Bee or Not to Bee – Bee Venom Therapy

I learned about Bee Venom Therapy years ago but the thought didn’t excite me. In truth I was scared to be stung by a bunch of bees, who wouldn’t be?! (no pun intended)

About 2001, Michelle, my nurse friend told me about the benefits of bee venom. She said Bee Venom contains wonderful things that have therapeutic value like enzymes, peptides and biogenic amines and other things I didn’t know anything about.

I told Michelle that I’d do bee venom when they came out with it in pill form (preferably chocolate flavored).

In September 2004, I was feeling more open minded (or desperate?) when Mardene, a beekeeper who also has MS, approached me. She asked if I’d like to receive bee venom therapy free of charge. I decided to give it a shot.

Mardene told me of her symptoms that motivated the use of bee venom. She said her body felt like she had snakes or worms crawling under her skin! She said when she allowed bees to sting her regularly, that sensation was gone.

I hoped the bee venom would have the same effect on my symptoms.

When I went to Mardene’s home, there was man, sitting on a stool, no shirt, with his head tucked into his chest. On the table next to him was a row of what looked like 4” tweezers with bees buzzing in them. I watched Mardene take one of the tweezers and place it on the man’s back.

I learned later, that she was choosing the spot to sting according to his acupuncture points. After the sting, she quickly set down the tweezers and grabbed the next one until all 20 bees had stung (the poor man).

After the man left, it was my turn. Mardene had the bees sting my legs because that was the area of greatest symptoms.

Mardene would have continued with my BVT as many days as I wanted at her home, but the distance was too great. Feeling very hopeful about the bees who were sacrificing their lives to help me regain my health 🙂 I decided to move the BVT to my house.

I found Bee Weaver who would sell me bees and ship them right to my home.

Laura Weaver wrote to me the other day telling me that they still sell cages of 10 bees each for 2.50 a cage plus shipping (priority mail is $5). The people at Bee Weaver are awesome! They’ll set up customers on weekly or bi-weekly shipments to satisfy their treatment needs.

I ordered my first shipment of bees and I bought the tweezers, I tried, but I didn’t have it in me to sting myself. When I’d set the first bee on my leg, it hurt so badly that I couldn’t make myself pick up the tweezers for the second sting.

I found a friend, Suzy Belka who is like me, not afraid of bees. She graciously came to my house three times a week for almost 6 months stinging my legs with the bees!

I wish I could report a success story, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Those life-sacrificing honey bees didn’t give my body what it needed to walk again.

As I was researching for this post, I found a Hungarian man living in Canada, Michael Simics who specializes in Bee Venom Therapy! Michael has a wealth of information on his site. I found out that he has a thriving business and only a small percentage of his customers actually use the bee stings!

There is not actually chocolate flavored pills, but what is available looks much less painful!

If you’re set on the real thing, Michael has the tweezers. His site has detailed information about Bee Venom Therapy but he said that some of the products listed on his site are no longer available.

A new product is: VeneX Ointment with bee venom. It is recommended for MS patients even when one is on any of the official MS drugs. It is for joint problems, stiff necks, muscle problems, cold feet, spasm, arthritis, back pain, etc.

Michael will be sending me updated information about what he offers. If you’re anxious to get started, he said calling him would be the best option. (604)271-9414. That’s what I did!

It looks like we can have the benefit of the bees without the pain of the sting!

Have you ever tried BVT, or even thought of it? Let me know in the comments!


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. I just read your other article about BVT and it was the first time that I’ve heard of it. Kudos to you for trying it out, but I’m sorry you didn’t get the results you hoped for. Do you know how long this needs to be done in order to feel the affects? How is the ointment working for you? Good luck!

    • Hey Alexis~
      I don’t know what makes the be venom work for some and not others. My guess is that it’s the same as all the other alternative supplements, there is a testimonial behind everyone ! Unfortunately the ointment is the same way for me! I feel a little tingling feeling when I rub it on my legs but even after almost a month, I feel exactly the same. I’m thankful that I’m still walking with a walker!

  2. I think it will be nice if medical professionals will find a way to use Bee Venom Therapy in a manner that it will cause no pain to the patient. I’m not sure if this is possible, but if it is then that would certainly be great.

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