Institute for Healing Arts Research : Director, Andrew Kochan, M.D.
Clinical Specialties: Apitherapy
Bee Venom Therapy Aftercare
  1.  Most patients experience between two and five days of symptoms after Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) while others may have some symptoms that last up to two weeks. These symptoms may include swelling, redness, warmth and itching in the area that has been stung. This type of reaction is not a cause for alarm. Swelling of an entire limb may also occur but also is not a cause for alarm unless the circulation to the foot or hand is compromised. Use ice, elevate and rest. It may take two to five days for this type of reaction to resolve and the next treatment will be done with a lesser dose of bee venom.
    This type of reaction is not an allergic response and treatment should not be discontinued. Hives, swollen lips or tongue or difficulty breathing do warrant immediate treatment.

  2. To help minimize the discomfort after treatment apply ice, calamine lotion, Vit E oil, aloe vera, sunburn lotion with Benzocaine, tooth paste or even Preparation H. If despite these measures the discomfort (especially itching) is still severe and is interfering with your life (sleep, etc.) you can take 25mg Benadryl and speak to your doctor about a prescription for topical Lidocaine ointment or Lidoderm patches.

  3. To maximize the healing potential of BVT we strongly recommend nutritional supplements especially in treating systemic diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or MS.
               a. Vitamin C 2 to 4 gm a day in divided doses
               b. Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) 50 to 100mg a day
               c. Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) 50 to 100mg a day
               d. Raw honey 2 tablespoons/day
               e. Pollen 1 tblsp/ day
               f. Royal jelly 500mg three times/day
               g. Propolis 500mg. three times/day

  4. Things to avoid
               a. Anti-inflammatory drugs
               b. Antihistamines unless absolutely necessary
               c. Hydrocortisone and alcohol will suppress the response of your body to BVT
               d. Prolonged exposure to sun or heat as these may cause an exacerbation of
               e. White food (sugar, white bread, white rice, milk, ice cream, etc.)
               f. Coffee and teas with caffeine
               g. Tobacco
               h. Scratching, especially with fingernails. If you must, use a soft bristle
                    brush or soft cloth

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