Archive for September, 2014

  • Apitherapy (Bee Sting Therapy)

    Date: 2014.09.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    This association can take no position regarding bee sting or venom therapy but, several of our members have used this therapy, with reported positive results.  Not everyone may experience the same outcome and we cannot advocate this therapy.  We do however suggest that anyone who considers this therapy ensure they do not have an allergic reaction to honey bee stings, before attempting it.  

    An Internet search will provide leads to more complete information about this therapy, for various conditions.  The following are observations and outcomes experienced by our members.

    Any member who has a story related to this topic that they would like to share, is welcomed to reply to this post or send it in to any officer.

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    Around 1993 I was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis in my back and had to wear a hip brace. This condition seriously confined me and I needed help to get out of a chair. From the GA Beekeepers Association meeting I learned that Honey Bee stings were helpful for arthritic conditions.

    Because of my condition, I was prepared to try almost anything to get relief therefore; I used a series of honey bee stings.   My treatment consisted of two to three stings, two to three times per week. After about three weeks I started getting relief and I stopped the stings, for about 6 weeks, until the arthritic pain returned. Initially, when pain returned, I resumed stings for 2-3 weeks, or until I got relief. The interval gradually increased and now, it has been about three years since my last therapy sting. Later treatments only took about a week before they became effective. Typically I would administer two stings but would use the third, based on amount of pain.

    My therapy starts with collecting the bees.  I place a small mouth glass jar above the hive entrance. As the bees start to fly out, they go up and into the glass jar. I cap the jar with a perforated lid. When I am ready to administer the therapy, after carefully removing the jar cap, I spray the bees with clear water, which calms them down. Then I take a long tweezers, grab a bee and place her on my back, in the area I want treated. The bee will sting even when she is close to death. I have found the exact placement on my back is not critical because, the venom effects are not pinpointed.

    There is always discomfort associated with the sting however; I have found that, over time the period of discomfort has dramatically diminished. A small amount of discomfort has been a small price to pay for long term relief.

    JRH

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    Having been diagnosed with arthritis in my right wrist, while working my bees, I accidently had a honey bee sting on that wrist.  Within a day, the arthritic discomfort in the wrist disappeared and has been gone for the past nine months. The initial sting produced momentary pain but that decreased quickly. The following day, I experienced some non-discomfort swelling and some minor itching.

    Now, I know what will give me relief from my arthritis.

    AEC

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    My experience with bee sting therapy began by my association with JRH.  He had told me that he self-administered bee stings to his back to relieve pain.

    I was somewhat skeptical, but researching the subject on-line, learned that other people were doing this.

    Then, while working bees one day, I failed to put on gloves, and got stung on both hands.  The next morning, I had no pain in my hands. The pain actually stayed gone for about 3 weeks.

    I still wasn’t sure the bee stings were the reason, so I worked the bees gloveless on purpose to see what the results would be. I purposely aggravated the bees to sting both hands.  They obliged, and again the pain was almost totally gone for 2-3 weeks. I am now letting the bees sting my hands every time I work them, and the results continue to be positive. This has been on-going for about 2 years. Yea bees!

    JDH

  • Great Folks, Great Weather, Great Food, Great Time!

    Date: 2014.09.15 | Category: General | Response: 0

    The 2014 Annual CVBA Picnic was a huge success!  With over 50 people in attendance, the activities were buzzing.  The honey tasting contest had 13 entries with a wide range in color and flavor.  This year’s winner was Doug Roberts, of RabbitEye Farm, West Point.  This year’s winner of the smoker contest was Steve Slappy, whose smoker was still going way past the end of the contest!  Many people mentioned that Steve needs to demonstrate his technique at one of our meetings.  A favorite activity was the hand dipped candles.  Thank you to Jim and George Harris, and everyone who donated wax and manpower to help it run smoothly.  New this year, was a bean-bag toss game that was developed by Emmie Ruth Wise.  This game was made entirely by her and incorporated a honey bee hive theme.  How appropriate, and how fun!  The Beegle Farm is a wonderful place to picnic.  We enjoy it every year and are so grateful to the Beegle family for providing their picnic facility and all the set up that goes with it.

    Here are some photos:

     

     

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