Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence

A California acupuncturist is cited by officials for using a potentially risky treatment that could produce life-threatening allergic reactions.

Alhambra acupuncturist’s ‘bee sting therapy’ investigated

An Alhambra acupuncturist’s license is on the line after state medical regulators alleged he was “grossly negligent” when using bees to sting patients as part of a medical cure, an attorney said.

“The use of a bee stinger as the delivery mechanism of venom is not within the standard of care and is considered to be an extreme departure from the standard of care,” the legal document states. “The standard of care requires bee venom to be administered in a way which is comparable to the herbals, e.g. topically, orally consumed liquid or tablet or capsule.”

Bee sting therapy is not approved by US FDA. Besides the fact that it has not been shown to be useful treatment for what this practitioner claims, it could be deadly to those allergic to bee venom. The clinic was cited to be negligent because it did not have an allergic reaction kit, epinephrine or over-the-counter medication for patients who experience severe adverse reactions to bee stings.

There are now thousands of people who administer BVT to themselves or others, mostly in private homes by unlicensed practitioners. BVT is not prescribed by a doctor, yet it is used like any other drug, given in regular doses at regular intervals. There is no scientific evidence to support its use, and yet thousands of multiple sclerosis sufferers and others tout its effectiveness.

Source: Bee Venom Therapy – Grassroots Medicine « Science-Based Medicine

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  4 comments for “Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence

  1. August 3, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Using honeybees to sting people? That not only is bad science and quackery, it does further harm to the already-dwindling honeybee population – which in turn can affect the world’s food supply.

    Grrrr.

  2. Rand
    August 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    And to think… just yesterday, I went to a great amount of effort to *avoid* getting stung…. I totally put off some gutter work after spraying an area down with raid, and filling some cracks in the facia with expanding foam sealant…

    I could have instead just barreled through, and recieved some free miracle medical treatment in the process….

  3. CLamb
    August 3, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Unless the bees are being bred specifically to sting people in which case it increases the honeybee population.

  4. GrahamH
    August 3, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    First sterilise your bee.
    This can be done simply by immersing in boiling water for several minutes, although autoclaving is preferred.
    Alternately, dowse your bee in strong antispetic solution, bleach or lysol is a viable medium. You can find bleach at the home of many autistic children.

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