Last Updated on August 24, 2020
I’m a beekeeper, so I’m very familiar with bee stings. What I’ve noticed in my eighth year of beekeeping, is that I don’t really notice the stings anymore. I understand why this happens, and it has helped me understand that bee venom is not harmful to the average person.
When you first get stung, your body produces a lot of histamine, an anti-inflammatory chemical. Histamine counteracts the response to the bee venom, which includes the chemical Phospholipase A.
There are several toxins in the bee venom. If you get stung, the trick is to get the barb out instantly with your fingernail. If you do that, you’re not going to feel much other than a little bit of an itch.
The bee venom triggers a histamine response, which results in redness, swelling, itching, and pain.
A study in Switzerland found out that when beekeepers get stung several times early in the season, they have a robust histamine response. However, over time one of their immune cells called regulatory T cells downregulate the histamine response.
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Some studies, particularly those out of China, have shown that bee venom can help people with inflammatory conditions. It’s referred to as Apitherapy or Bee therapy. As for as Candida goes, I don’t see any particular benefit from bee venom therapy.
Cupping has been part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
when cupping is used on the traditional acupuncture points, it can have quite a significant effect on pain. But, I don’t think cupping has anything to offer when it comes to Candida.
Some studies have shown that cupping is beneficial for neck pain and menstrual cramps. I think cupping is a lovely part of the acupuncture system. It’s quite pleasant, it’s different from hot stone massage, but you’ll probably find it quite an enjoyable experience.