Most people avoid being stung by bees, but at a clinic in Beijing patients are queuing up to be deliberately stung. Bee-sting therapy dates back more than 3,000 years in China. It is similar to acupuncture because the skin is pierced at the same pressure points, but with the addition of the bees’ toxin, which doctors say is a natural medicine.
Doctor Zhang Cheng, a traditional medicine practitioner at Beijing’s Kang Tai Clinic said, “The bee therapy has an obvious effect on patients with bone and joint diseases, such as rheumatism and arthritis. The bees’ poison can help blood circulation, eliminate blood stasis, reduce inflammation and ease pain.”
When the patient is ready, the doctor uses tweezers to pick up bees one by one and put them on the joint to be treated. The bee stings the patient, dies, and is discarded. The sting and its poison are then left in the body for several hours. Han Lide, who has diabetes-induced phlebitis, has been treated like this seven times.
He said, “After I am stung by the bees, the pain is gone by the afternoon. My legs feel lighter. It becomes easier to walk and my legs do not feel swollen. They felt swollen before but now the pain has eased.”
According to the doctors in this Beijing clinic, more than 90% of their patients have recovered or noticed improvements in their condition after receiving this treatment.