Bee venom therapy is a kind of apitherapy which involves using bee venom from injections or live bee stings. Apitherapy is the medicinal use of bees or bee products. There is no evidence that bee venom therapy is an effective treatment for people with MS. Bee venom therapy can cause dangerous allergic reactions.
The MS Trust does not offer bee venom therapy and cannot suggest therapists who do.
Traditional apitherapy uses bee products including honey, royal jelly, propolis (a mixture of pollen, tree sap and bee saliva) and bee venom.
Bee venom may be used for treating allergies to bee stings in a controlled way by allergy specialists. There are also claims that bee venom therapy can be used to treat inflammatory conditions including MS. The process can involve receiving venom in an injection or from live bees. A live bee venom treatment can involve up to 40 stings in a session.
Bee stings cause inflammation in the form of redness and swelling around the place you have been stung. The theory is that your immune system then sets up an anti-inflammatory response that calms inflammation all through your body as well as at the bee sting site.
Some people can have a severe allergic reaction to bee stings that can be fatal. Anyone undergoing or offering this therapy should have antihistamine (anti-allergy) drugs immediately to hand.